When considering options to deal with skin imperfections, especially wrinkles, often the first thing that comes to people’s minds is a facelift. However, it can be far more complex to acheive quality outcomes and worthwhile changes when dealing with aging skin. Sometimes the best approach can be a multi-step or combination of treatments. Many patients would like to also deal with other issues than just wrinkles, such as scars, oversized pores, blemished skin, sagging skin, and sun damage. So options are best suited depending on what the patient wants as there’s no one-size-fits-all procedure.
There are non-surgical options to treat all of these issues. The most popular treatments are dermal fillers and fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing. In this article, we will take a bit of a look at each to understand better what conditions they might be best suited for and how they can be used together. Although the best advice will come from being assessed by a professional Cosmetic Doctor, the more information you have, the better questions you can have for a consultation to get the most out of the experience and assist you with your decision-making process.
Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Skin resurfacing uses a CO2 laser and can provide a dramatic change to sagging, damaged, wrinkled skin and many other skin imperfections. The highly specialized laser used for these treatments sends pulses of energy into the skin tissues destroying and damaging the top layer. While this might sound like an overly complicated exfoliation procedure, far from it, this procedure can reduce pore size and lessens the visibility of scars, blemishes, sun damage, and other imperfections. You won’t get that from an exfoliation scrub. Also, it will tighten loose skin, and as a bonus, something else exfoliation won’t help with. Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment to rejuvenate the face. However, as a side effect of removing the top layer of the skin, this will typically result in redness, swelling, and some pain for a few days. Therefore, it’s usually recommended if you choose this kind of procedure, you take some time off work and other responsibilities if possible and stay at home while recovering.
Dermal fillers produce excellent results for fine lines, folds, divots, and creases that won’t be effectively treated using fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing. They are becoming more popular for several reasons. Their effectiveness in treating these issues is just one reason you will likely have heard of them. Whether the target area is the lips, cheekbones, temple, under eyes, if there are areas that need volume, dermal fillers are usually perfect as that’s essentially what they do to add volume. So when it comes to sculpting, shaping, or filling, dermal fillers are fantastic. If you have areas that have lost fat and look hollow (under eyes, for example) or your lips have shrunk and lost volume with aging, dermal fillers can return that volume with little to no real downtime and low invasiveness or pain considerations. While they can’t remove volume, they can, as mentioned, add it, making it fantastic for laugh lines around the eyes, lipstick lines, and other wrinkles provided there’s not excessive sagging already.
Dermal fillers are most commonly HA-based, a substance that naturally exists and is produced in the human body, making them very safe. However, your body will naturally break this filler down and absorb it over time, though temporary can still last from 6 – 18 months depending on the specific product used. Some other dermal fillers last longer as they are made of thicker materials that are still relatively safe and biodegradable. They are not broken down so quickly and can last five years or more. Unlike CO2 laser skin resurfacing, there is no need to take time off work or make any dramatic changes to your schedule outside of a wedding or other significant event where you want to be FLAWLESS. If so, merely schedule the procedure two weeks before the event in case any minor bruising or swelling occurs to give it time to dissipate. You may be offered topical anesthetic creams before your procedure. Still, most hyaluronic fillers contain lidocaine or similar to numb the area rapidly from the first injection, so it’s usually unnecessary. Putting an ice pack on treated areas after the procedure should help with the minor discomfort afterward if it bothers you.
Can I Have More Than One?
Dermal fillers and laser skin resurfacing complement each other when used well. If you have dermal filler treatments to level out areas that need it, treating those later with a laser will be easier in most cases. If you are interested in discussing procedures such as dermal fillers, further book a consultation with Skin Club Cosmetic Doctors in Melbourne. You can reach us on (03) 9999 7368 if you are interested in seeing what our skilled staff can offer you with their extensive experience and Personalised diagnosis process.