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 blemishes such as birthmarks, scars and warts making your skin look clearer.
It may also be used either alone or in combination with a surgical procedure for facial, or hand rejuvenation.
How is it done?
As we age our skin develops lines, wrinkles, blemishes and scarring that, can contribute to making our appearance look older. 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 treatment, your proceduralist uses the laser to send hundreds of micro beams into the skin. The skin is cooled continuously 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.
Why is it done?
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.
This procedure is not ideal for people with a dark complexion or those who have a history of allergies, scarring, previous burns and exposure to radiation.
What should I do before?
During the consultation, you should tell us 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.
Have a clear idea of the areas that you would like to address. Be sure to mention these to your doctor during your consultation. Try to take advantage of our natural therapy packages to maximise the benefits of your treatment and reduce any unwanted side-effects.
What should I expect after?
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.
We strongly recommend that you:
- Do not touch or scratch the treated area.
- Do not take aspirin without prior permission from your doctor.
- Do not do any strenuous work or lift heavy weights.
- Take prescribed medications or natural therapies and apply a skin barrier ointment.
- Do not apply make-up for about four days.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking for about 2 weeks.
What are possible complications?
Like any procedure, there are some risks involved with laser 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 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.
How much will it cost?
The cost depends on the size and number of sites that require treatment, and the number of sessions required to achieve the desired outcome. The only accurate way to give you a reasonable estimate is to assess your needs when you visit us.
How much time off work will I need?
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.