About Associate Professor Philip Bekhor FACD

Laser Dermatology (formerly Elgar Road Dermatology and Laser Associates of Victoria) is the specialist dermatology practice of Melbourne's Assoc.Prof. 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 and Cancer Foundation in Carlton.


  • Ciconte A, Bekhor PS.
    Lichen striatus following solarium exposure
    (Accepted for publication 06-Nov-2006 Australasian Journal of Dermatology-2006-0030.R5)
  • Bekhor PS, Ditchfield MR.
    Acquired digital arteriovenous malformation: Ultrasound imaging and response to long-pulsed
    neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet treatment.
    Journal of American Academy Dermatology. 2007 May;56(5 Suppl):S122-4.
  • Bekhor PS.
    Long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser treatment of venous lakes: report of a series of 34 cases
    Dermatologic Surgery. 2006 Sep;32(9):1151-4.
  • Opie JM, Chow CW, Ditchfield M, Bekhor PS.
    Segmental haemangioma of infancy of the lower limb with skeletal overgrowth.
    Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2006 Aug;47(3):198-203.
  • Bekhor P.
    Hypothesis that embolization is an important mechanism in the laser destruction of
    cutaneous vascular lesions.
    Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2006 May;47(2):90-1.
  • Ross G, Bekhor P, Su J, Marks M.
    A case of PHACE syndrome.
    Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2005 Nov;46(4):253-6.
  • Goodman GJ, Bekhor PS, Richards SW.
    Update on lasers in dermatology.
    Medical Journal of Australia. 1996 Jun 3;164(11):681-6.
  • Bekhor PS.
    The role of pulsed laser in the management of cosmetically significant pigmented lesions.
    Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 1995 Nov;36(4):221-3.
  • Bekhor PS.
    Removal of cutaneous pigmented lesions with Q-switched lasers.
    Dermatologic Surgery. 1995 Nov;21(11):990.
  • Vinciullo C, Bekhor P, Sinclair P, Richards S, Rosner L.
    Credit where credit is due. The Haneke-Marini suture: not a "new" technique.
    Dermatologic Surgery. 1995 Sep;21(9):819.
  • Bekhor PS, Bekhor L, Gandrabur M.
    Employer attitudes toward persons with visible tattoos.
    Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 1995 May;36(2):75-7.
  • Czarnecki D, Nixon R, Bekhor P, Mason G.
    Delayed prolonged contact urticaria from the elm tree.
    Contact Dermatitis. 1993 Mar;28(3):196-7.
  • Bekhor PS.
    Lasers in dermatology.
    Australian Family Physician. 1992 May;21(5):577-80.
  • Bekhor PS.
    Common hair disorders.
    Australian Family Physician. 1986 Jul;15(7):868, 870-2, 874
  • Bekhor PS, Entwisle BR, McKenzie IF.
    Topical DNCB therapy for resistant warts.
    Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 1978 Apr;19(1):28-30.
  • Bekhor PS
    Chapter Author - Cosmetic Dermatology
    Australian Therapeutic Guidelines Dermatology Version 2 July 2004
  • Bekhor PS
    Contributing Author
    "Clinical Practice Guidelines - Non-melanoma skin cancer: Guidelines for treatment
    and management in Australia"
    October 2002 - ISBN Print: 1864961996 Online: 1864962054

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