Laser Skin Resurfacing
If you have blemishes, marks, lines, or wrinkles on your face due to aging, acne, or too much exposure to the sunlight, laser skin resurfacing may help you seem better and healthier.
Laser skin resurfacing eliminates skin layer by layer with pinpoint accuracy. Fresh skin cells grow through the healing process, giving the skin a firmer, younger appearance. The operation can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial cosmetic surgery.
Read this article to discover more about this treatment and its working.
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing, often referred to as a laser peel, laser vaporization, or lasabrasion, can help to eliminate lines, marks, and blemishes on the face. In laser surfacing, the latest laser methods provide your plastic surgeon a new degree of expertise, allowing for great perfection, particularly in sensitive parts.
How does laser skin resurfacing help your skin?
This treatment helps skin that has
- Wrinkles or fine lines behind or beneath your eyes, on your forehead, or around your mouth
- Acne scars or chickenpox marks
- Skin that isn’t responding after a facelift
- Scar Removal
- Skin that is old or sun-damaged
- If you have pale or greyish skin tones, enhance your skin.
- Linear epidermal spots for example birthmarks.
- On the nose, there are swollen oil glands.
What is the procedure for laser skin resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing can be done in two ways. There are two types of lasers: carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium lasers.
In different treatments, these lasers cause consistent harm to your skin. Fractionated CO2 laser therapy is the other type of laser treatment. Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing involves drilling a series of thin sections of holes down into the cells of your skin while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected.
CO2 laser resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing has been used for years to treat various mild and harmful skin conditions. A newer generation of CO2 laser resurfacing uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to very precisely treat thin layers of skin with low heat damage to the surrounding areas.
Freckles and wrinkles, as well as various mild skin growths including warts, stretchmarks, rhinophyma (oversized oil glands on the nose), and other skin problems, have all been successfully treated with CO2 laser resurfacing.
CO2 laser resurfacing can take up to two weeks to heal from.
Erbium laser resurfacing
Erbium laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses a laser to eliminate basic to slightly deep creases and wrinkles on the face with only a topical anesthetic. You can also employ this laser on your arms, neck, or breast. One of the advantages of erbium laser resurfacing is that it causes minimum tissue damage. Because this laser has fewer adverse impacts than CO2 lasers, such as soreness, bruises, and burning, you should be able to recover faster.
Erbium laser resurfacing may be an excellent option for you if you have a darker complexion.
Erbium laser resurfacing takes one week to recover from.
After a thorough examination of your medical records, present physical state, and expected outcome, your doctor will evaluate which kind of laser resurfacing treatment is ideal for you.
How should I take care of my skin after laser resurfacing?
Your skin will be red, irritated, and burnt right after treatment. It’s possible that burning, puffiness, stinging, or itching will endure for a few days. The skin may appear raw, exude a yellow substance, or rupture depending on the treatment.
- Scratching or picking crusted skin can result in scars or infections.
- Your skin will become rough and flake five to seven days following laser resurfacing. Initially, your new skin will turn pink. Within the next two to three months, it should progressively brighten.
- Cleanse the treatment zone two to five times a day, according to your doctor’s instructions.
- For the first four days after the surgery, sleep with an additional pillow to prevent inflammation.
- In the first 24 to 48 hours, use a cool massage or a covered ice pack for 15 minutes per one to two hours as required.
- Apply a little quantity of jelly (or any other occlusive moisturizer) or antibiotic cream (such as bacitracin) twice until the problem is resolved.
- For four weeks after treatment, avoid strong face treatments like retinol or glycolic acid, as well as any topical ointments that may irritate your skin.
- For the next two weeks after treatment, restrict activities that may trigger flushes.
- Please don’t smoke. The process of healing is slowed by smoking.
To preserve your newly laser-resurfaced skin, use a broad-spectrum (protects against both ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays) sunscreen every day once it has healed. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 that is specially created for application on the face.
As directed by your doctor, use a daily moisturizer.
As per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the estimated price of laser skin resurfacing in 2020 was around $2509 for ablative laser skin resurfacing and $1445 for non-ablative laser skin resurfacing. The price of the treatment, therefore, varies greatly based on where it is performed.
Although laser skin resurfacing is considered a cosmetic procedure, most medical insurance companies will not cover it. If you undergo treatment to repair scars, scar revision, or remove premalignant growths on your skin, you may be eligible for an exception.
To avoid infection, control irritation, and get the best possible outcome, it is essential to observe the surgeon’s recommendations. This data will cover how to maintain the area clean and healthy, how to prevent excessive temperatures, how to use sunblock or resist sun exposure, and how to take any prescribed treatments.
The doctor’s follow-up treatment is essential for assessing the recovery process. If you have any odd symptoms, such as a fever, severe discomfort, or bleeding, call your doctor right away.