Laser Skin Rejuvenation is a non-ablative procedure that can reduce visible facial vessels as well as diffuse redness by gently warming the upper dermis, improving the appearance of your skin. The result is a healthy looking, rejuvenated and vibrant appearance. The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This popular procedure is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.
There are two types of lasers which are used during the rejuvenation and resurfacing process. These lasers are Carbon dioxide based, and erbium based. They are both used to remove damaged skin cells at the surface level of one’s skin.
Carbon Dioxide laser resurfacing has been used to treat numerous skin conditions such as wrinkles, warts, and scars. It achieves its success by transmitting continuous light energy in a precise pattern to remove thin layers of skin and will recover leaving a rejuvenated surface within 2 weeks.
The second type of laser that can be used for this treatment process is the Erbium Laser. Erbium laser resurfacing was created to remove deeper imperfections on the skins surface level .This form of laser has fewer drawbacks than its carbon dioxide counterpart and causes less bruising, less swelling and less redness. This means the average recovery time is less than 1 week. It usually works better with patients who have a darker skin tone.
Each patient will begin the process with an initial consultation with one of our dermatologists, to ensure that they are suitable candidates for this treatment option. Our dermatologist will determine which laser is best for you based on a number of facts such as the patient’s skin condition and medical history. Other questions that will be asked to the patient are whether they are prone to cold sores or not, as each form of laser can trigger outbursts amongst people who are already at risk. If one decides to go ahead with the treatment after their initial consultation, it is likely that they will be asked to avoid taking any medications or supplements during the 10 days before treatment as they can affect the clotting of the blood. It is also wise to stop smoking for 14 days before, and after the treatment as smoking can cause healing to be prolonged.
Depending on how extensive the process is, or how many areas the patient is getting treated, the doctor might choose to numb the areas that he is treating with local anesthetic This will ensure there is no discomfort for the patient. The time it takes for this procedure varies, depending on area size the doctor is treating. Typically, the procedure will last about 30 to 45 minutes, if the patient is only getting a specific part of their face treated. However, the treatment can last up to 3 hours if the patient chooses to have their whole face treated.
Immediately after the treatment, the doctor will bandage the treated area, It is important to clean the treated area at least 5 times a day after an initial 24 hour waiting period to avoid infection. After the area is cleaned, you will add ointment (provided) to the area to prevent scabs forming. . In general the area will heel between 7 and 21 says, depending on which area of the face the patient got treated.
It’s normal to have swelling after laser skin resurfacing. Your doctor may prescribe steroids to manage swelling around your eyes. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night to elevate your head can help ease swelling. Putting an ice pack on the treated area also helps to reduce swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours after laser resurfacing. You may feel itching or stinging for 12 to 72 hours after the procedure. Five to seven days after laser resurfacing, your skin will become dry and peel. Once the skin heals, you can wear oil-free makeup to minimize redness, which usually fades in two to three months.
Generally, the risks involved with laser surgery are minor and are extremely rare in frequency if you choose a professional to carry out the treatment. Some of the possible risks are burns from the lasers heat, scarring, altering of the skins pigmentation, reactivation of herpes or cold sores, and/or bacterial infection.
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