Associate Professor Philip Bekhor


Laser Dermatology is the specialist dermatology practice of Melbourne's Associate Professor Philip Bekhor.

Assoc.Prof. Bekhor is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He trained both in Melbourne and Toronto, Canada. He is a specialist in procedural dermatology, which involves the laser and surgical management of skin disorders including cosmetic dermatology.

In 1982, Assoc.Prof. Bekhor was the first dermatologist in Victoria to use lasers in the management of birthmarks. In 1988, he was appointed the founding Director of the Laser Unit at the Royal Children's Hospital to direct treatment with the then newly released Candela Pulsed Dye Laser. This was the first laser able to safely treat children with port wine stains and similar lesions. The Laser Unit at the RCH is a world recognised treatment, training and research centre.

In 1993, Assoc.Prof. Bekhor established Laser Dermatology, a private, specialist supervised laser clinic.

In addition to laser therapy, Assoc.Prof. Bekhor is particularly interested in those newly evolving cosmetic procedures that are safe and effective with minimal downtime, such as superficial skin peels, fat transfer, injections of natural and synthetic "filler" substances, and wrinkle reducing muscle relaxants. He believes that these safe, simple approaches have, in many cases, replaced laser resurfacing and surgery, both of which have longer recovery times and involve more risk.

Assoc.Prof. Bekhor is a specialist Mohs Micrographic surgeon - one of a small group of dermatologic surgeons qualified to perform this specific method of skin cancer removal which achieves tumour removal with the minimum disfigurement. Mohs surgery is performed at the Skin Health Institute in Carlton.


MB BS (Melbourne) 1973
FACD 1979

Hospital and other appointments

Director, Laser Unit
Department of Dermatology, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville

Mohs Micrographic Surgeon
Skin Health Institute, Carlton


Fellow Australasian College of Dermatologists

Associate Professor (Clinical) Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne

Member Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists

Member American Academy of Dermatology

Member American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Member American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Australian Medical Association

Member Australasian College of Phlebology

International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies

Honorary Consultant, Vascular Anomalies Clinic, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville


Guidance on infection control and plume management with Laser and Energy‐Based Devices taking into consideration COVID‐19.
Sullivan, J.R., Rademaker, M., Goodman, G., Bekhor, P. and Al‐Niaimi, F.
(2020), Australas J Dermatol.

A Consensus on Minimizing the Risk of Hyaluronic Acid Embolic Visual Loss and Suggestions for Immediate Bedside Management.
Goodman GJ, Magnusson MR, Callan P, Roberts S, Hart S, McDonald CB, Clague M, Rudd A, Bekhor PS, Liew S, Molton M, Wallace K, Corduff N, Arendse S, Manoharan S, Shamban A, Heydenrych I, Bhatia AC, Peng P, Pavicic T, Kapoor KM, Kosenko DE.
(published online ahead of print, 2019 Nov 6). Aesthet Surg J. 2019;sjz312. doi:10.1093/asj/sjz312

Prurigo pigmentosa - Response to treatment with Q-Switched neodymium: YAG at 532 nm.
Ross A, Dunn R, Bekhor P, Rodrigues M, Barton C.
Australas J Dermatol. 2018 Oct 30.

Improvement of burn scars treated with fractional ablative CO2 lasers – a systematic review and meta-analysis using the Vancouver Scar Scale.
Patrick D Mahar, FACD, Anneliese B Spinks, PhD (PubHlth), BSc (HonsPysch), BA, Heather Cleland, Philip Bekhor, Jill S Waibel, Cheng LoGregory Goodman.
Journal of Burn Care & Research, iraa130

Retrospective review of screening for Sturge-Weber syndrome with brain magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography in infants with high-risk port-wine stains.
Zallmann M, Mackay MT, Leventer RJ, Ditchfield M, Bekhor PS, Su JC.
Pediatr Dermatol. 2018 Jul 18.

Screening for Sturge-Weber syndrome: A state-of-the-art review.
Zallmann M, Leventer RJ, Mackay MT, Ditchfield M, Bekhor PS, Su JC.
Pediatr Dermatol. 2018 Jan;35(1):30-42. doi: 10.1111/pde.13304. Epub 2017 Oct 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 29034507.

Consensus statement for the treatment of infantile haemangiomas with propranolol.
Smithson SL, Rademaker M, Adams S, Bade S, Bekhor P, Davidson S, Dore A, Drummond C, Fischer G, Gin A, Grills C, Halbert A, Lokmic Z, McCahon E, Morgan VA, Murrell DF, Orchard D, Penington A, Purvis D, Relic J, Robertson S, Robinson AJ, Scardamaglia L, Su J, Tan S, Wargon O, Warren L, Wong LC, Zappala T, Phillips R.
Australas J Dermatol. 2017 May;58(2):155-159.

Prolonged tumour growth after treatment of infantile haemangioma with propranolol.
Phillips RJ, Penington AJ, Bekhor PS, Crock CM.
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (3): 131.

Infantile Haemangioma with Minimal or Arrested Growth: Further Observations on Clinical and Histopathologic Findings of this Unique but Underrecognized Entity.
Ma EH, Robertson SJ, Chow CW, Bekhor PS.
Pediatr Dermatol. 2017 Jan;34(1):64-71

Pulsed dye laser treatment of capillary malformations in infants at 2-weekly versus 3-monthly intervals, reducing the need for general anaesthesia.
Swan BC, Robertson SJ, Tuxen A, Ma E, Yip L, Ly L, Bingham L, Davidson A, Bekhor P.
Australas J Dermatol. 2016 Feb 23. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12457. (Epub ahead of print)

Treatment of Minocycline-Induced Cutaneous Pigmentation With the Picosecond Alexandrite (755-nm) Laser.
Rodrigues M, Bekhor P.
Dermatol Surg. 2015 Oct;41(10):1179-82.

Lasers and laser-like devices: part two.
baratnam DF, Lim AC, Lowe PM, Goodman GJ, Bekhor P, Richards S.
Australas J Dermatol. 2014 Feb;55(1):1-14.

Use of propranolol for treatment of infantile haemangiomas in an outpatient setting.
Phillips RJ, Penington AJ, Bekhor PS, Crock CM.
J Paediatr Child Health. 2012 Oct;48(10):902-6.

Timolol maleate 0.5% or 0.1% gel-forming solution for infantile hemangiomas: a retrospective, multicenter,cohort study.
Chakkittakandiyil A, Phillips R, Frieden IJ, Siegfried E, Lara-Corrales I, LamJ, Bergmann J, Bekhor P, Poorsattar S, Pope E.
Pediatr Dermatol. 2012 Jan-Feb;29(1):28-31.

A comparison of the efficacy, safety, and longevity of two different hyaluronic acid dermal fillers in the treatment of severe nasolabial folds: a multicenter, prospective, randomized, controlled, single-blind, within-subject study.
Goodman GJ, Bekhor P, Rich M, Rosen RH, Halstead MB, Rogers JD.
Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2011;4:197-205.

Rhinophyma: Carbon dioxide laser with computerized scanner is still an outstanding treatment.
Lim SW, Bekhor P.
Australas J Dermatol. 2009 Nov;50(4):289-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2009.00561.x. PubMed PMID: 19916975.

Skin fluorescence controlled photodynamic photorejuvenation (wrinkle reduction).
Bjerring P, Christiansen K, Troilius A, Bekhor P, de Leeuw J.
Lasers Surg Med. 2009 Jul;41(5):327-36. doi: 10.1002/lsm.20781. PubMed PMID: 19533757.

Lichen striatus following solarium exposure.
Ciconte A, Bekhor P.
Australas J Dermatol. 2007 May;48(2):99-101. PubMed PMID: 17535197.

Acquired digital arteriovenous malformation: ultrasound imaging and response to long-pulsed neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet treatment.
Bekhor PS, Ditchfield MR.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 May;56(5 Suppl):S122-4. PubMed PMID:17434039.

Long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser treatment of venous lakes: report of a series of 34 cases.
Bekhor PS.
Dermatol Surg. 2006 Sep;32(9):1151-4. PubMed PMID: 16970696.

Segmental haemangioma of infancy of the lower limb with skeletal overgrowth.
Opie JM, Chow CW, Ditchfield M, Bekhor PS.
Australas J Dermatol. 2006 Aug;47(3):198-203. PubMed PMID: 16867004.

Hypothesis that embolization is an important mechanism in the laser destruction of cutaneous vascular lesions.
Bekhor P.
Australas J Dermatol. 2006 May;47(2):90-1. PubMed PMID: 16637801.

A case of PHACE syndrome.
Ross G, Bekhor P, Su J, Marks M
Australas J Dermatol. 2005 Nov;46(4):253-6. PubMed PMID: 16197426.

Update on lasers in dermatology.
Goodman GJ, Bekhor PS, Richards SW
Med J Aust. 1996 Jun 3;164(11):681-6. PubMed PMID: 8657033.

The role of pulsed laser in the management of cosmetically significant pigmented lesions.
Bekhor PS.
Australas J Dermatol. 1995 Nov;36(4):221-3.Review. PubMed PMID: 8593116.

Removal of cutaneous pigmented lesions with Q-switched lasers.
Bekhor PS.
Dermatol Surg. 1995 Nov;21(11):990. PubMed PMID: 7582841.

Credit where credit is due. The Haneke-Marini suture: not a "new" technique.
Vinciullo C, Bekhor P, Sinclair P, Richards S, Rosner L.
Dermatol Surg. 1995 Sep;21(9):819. PubMed PMID: 7655803.

Employer attitudes toward persons with visible tattoos.
Bekhor PS, Bekhor L, Gandrabur M.
Australas J Dermatol. 1995 May;36(2):75-7. PubMed PMID: 7646392.

Delayed prolonged contact urticaria from the elm tree.
Czarnecki D, Nixon R, Bekhor P, Mason G.
Contact Dermatitis. 1993 Mar;28(3):196-7. PubMed PMID:8462309.

Lasers in dermatology.
Bekhor PS.
Aust Fam Physician. 1992 May;21(5):577-80. PubMed PMID: 1520127.

Common hair disorders.
Bekhor PS.
Aust Fam Physician. 1986 Jul;15(7):868, 870-2, 874. Review. PubMed PMID: 3527127.

Alopecia areata. treatment in 1985.
Bekhor P.
Current therapeutics January 1985 26(2):45-48

Topical therapy for acne.
Bekhor P.
Current therapeutics January 1982 23(8):97-104

Topical DNCB therapy for resistant warts.
Bekhor PS, Entwisle BR, McKenzie IF.
Australas J Dermatol. 1978 Apr;19(1):28-30. PubMed PMID: 687308.

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