What is a Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser Skin Resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure. By using a laser device this procedure is used to remove sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkled or damaged skin and clear away acne scars.
Laser skin resurfacing is also effective in treating chicken pox scars, warts, liver spots, birthmarks and enlarged oil glands on the nose.
This treatment is also used to improve the complexion of people who have a yellowish or greyish skin tone.
Icon Fractional Ablative Skin Resurfacing is a single-treatment laser skin resurfacing procedure. This treatment uses a powerful laser that creates tiny microscopic columns in damaged and unsightly areas of the skin. The healthy skin surrounding the columns helps the columns to heal, often within 3-4 days.
Benefits of having Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
A laser skin resurfacing treatment removes unwanted and damaged skin to expose new skin that is firmer and smoother. This procedure enables your skin to glow, giving you a fresh appearance that makes you look more youthful.
Laser skin resurfacing also removes facial blemishes such as birthmarks, scars and warts making your face look clearer.
Who should have Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Any adult who, desires a more vibrant flawless looking skin should consider laser skin resurfacing.
However, this procedure is not ideal for people with a dark complexion nor those who have a history of allergies, scarring, previous burns and exposure to radiation.
How does Laser Skin Resurfacing work?
Unfortunately, as we age our skin develops lines, wrinkles, blemishes and scarring that, can contribute to making our appearance look older. The Laser Skin Resurfacing technique simply removes old skin to expose new skin.
This new skin, which has not yet been exposed to the sun, will have a tighter and smoother appearance. The process is mostly carried out under local anaesthesia, although mild sedation and analgesic gases may be used in the case of a full-face treatment.
During the procedure, your surgeon uses the laser to send hundreds of micro beams into the skin. The skin is wiped continuously with a saline solution or water to keep it cool whilst removing damaged tissues. The beams remove the damaged epidermis in a precise manner layer by layer whilst simultaneously heating the dermis to stimulate collagen growth.
Skinnotion uses a system called the Palomar Starlux 500 for Fractional Ablative Skin Resurfacing. The Palomar Starlux system is the most advanced laser platform in the world.
In comparison to others single laser procedure, Palomar has been clinically proven to produce equal or better results with less pain and discomfort, and fast recovery period for the patient.
What areas can be treated?
Your entire face can be treated with a fractional laser resurfacing treatment.
It can also be used on other parts of the body however, the neck, chest and hands must be caution.
How many treatments will it take?
You will see a marked improvement in your skin after the first treatment. In case you have deep lines around your lips, it may be necessary to have a touch up in 6 or 12 months.
How long will the results last?
The results of skin laser resurfacing are permanent but it cannot stop new signs of ageing.
How does the treatment feel?
While the procedure takes place, you may feel a pricking sensation and in a few cases the skin may burn slightly. There is little or no bleeding.
However, if the skin is severely damaged bleeding may occur.
Laser Skin Resurfacing for Men
Laser Skin resurfacing can help men look younger by removing unwanted wrinkles and facial lines.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Prices
The cost of a laser skin resurfacing procedure depends upon the treatment involved, the area to be treated and the time taken for each treatment.
Normally a laser skin resurfacing procedure ranges in cost from:
- Mouth, eyes and forehead areas: $1,300; and
- Full face: $2,5000 to $3,500
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During the consultation, you should tell your doctor if you have a history of cold sores or shingles around your mouth as, they could be
aggravated by a laser skin resurfacing treatment.
You will have to stop taking aspirin, blood thinners and over the counter medicines for a period of 7 days prior to your fractional laser resurfacing treatment. However, please consult with your doctor before stopping any medications.
You should quit smoking two weeks before and after the treatment, as it prolongs the healing process.
Post-Op Care after skin resurfacing
You should take plenty of rest for two to three days after the laser skin resurfacing procedure. However, you should take leisurely walks to avoid blood clotting in the legs and reduce potential swelling.
You should not touch or scratch the treated area.
You should not take aspirin without prior permission from your doctor.
You should not do any strenuous work or lift heavy weights.
You should take prescribed medications and apply a skin barrier ointment.
You should not apply make-up for about four days.
You should also avoid alcohol and smoking for about 2 weeks.
FAQ’sWhat are the risks?
Like any surgery, there are some risks involved with laser skin resurfacing. Your skin may suffer excessive burns or other injuries due to the intense heat of the laser, which may develop a rare scarring.
Other risks include abnormal skin colour changes either hypo or hyperpigmentation post laser treatments that may be permanent, and flaring up of viral infections.
Laser skin resurfacing has regular side effects such as, mild swelling and discomfort. You will have bruising and discolouration, which will take two to three weeks to resolve. Your skin will have increased sensitivity to the sun as well as make-up.
There will also be some redness in the treated area which can take up to six months to heal.
Fractional laser surfacing is a day procedure which does not require hospitalisation.
Any person above the age of 18 can undergo the procedure.
The duration of a laser skin resurfacing procedure depends upon the area to be treated. It takes about one hour to treat parts of the face, while a full face treatment takes about two hours.
Minor complications may arise after your laser skin resurfacing treatment. In extremely rare cases, dark pigmentation may occur which usually resolves itself within a few months.
The chances of developing skin irregularities after a fractional laser treatment are minimal.
There will be swelling and bruising which might take two to three weeks to resolve.
After the laser skin resurfacing procedure, a dressing or dressing gel will be applied over your face which needs to stay on for about three days. The dressing provides a moist environment that lessens any discomfort and promotes faster healing.
You need to take time off work for at least 4 days. Ideally, it would be better if you took ten to 7 days off work in order to allow your new skin some quality time to heal.
You should avoid doing strenuous exercises for four to six weeks after
undergoing a fractional laser procedure.
You should avoid exposing your new skin to the sun for about twelve months. If you do need to go out in the sun, you must take care to
appropriately cover the treated area as, sun exposure may lead to
permanent uneven and irregular coloration.
There are no dietary restrictions after a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Less intake of sodium and carbohydrates will assist in reducing swelling. A balanced diet will aid the healing process.
The results of a fractional laser resurfacing procedure are permanent. However, exposing the new skin to excessive amounts of sunlight will cause damage.
In extremely rare cases scarring may occur after laser skin resurfacing.
Laser skin resurfacing is done under local anaesthesia and possible sedation. Therefore, you should not drive home after the treatment. Arrange someone to take you home and stay with you overnight.
You will have to return on a number of occasions e.g. one day, one week and 6 months to allow the doctor to monitor your progress.
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