Can Laser Resurfacing And Wrinkle Fillers Be Combined?
When considering options to deal with skin imperfections especially wrinkles often the first thing that comes to peoples minds is a facelift. When it comes to dealing with aging skin, it can be far more complex to acheive quality outcomes and worthwhile changes. 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 as well such as scars, oversized pores, blemished skin, sagging skin and sun damage. So options 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, lessen 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 as well as an added bonus; something else exfoliation won’t help with. Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a very 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. 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.
When it comes to fine lines, folds, divots and creases that won’t be effectively treated using fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers produce amazing results and are becoming more popular all the time for several reasons their effectiveness in treating these issues is just one reason you will have likely heard of them already. 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 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 hyaluronic acid based, a substance that naturally exists and is produced in the human body making them very safe. However, over time your body will naturally break this filler down and absorb it though while temporary can still last from 6 – 18 months depending on the specific product used. Some other dermal fillers do last longer as they are made of thicker materials that are still quite 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 perhaps a wedding or other significant event where you want to be FLAWLESS, in which case merely schedule the procedure two weeks before the event in case of any minor bruising or swelling occurs to give it time to dissipate. You may be offered topical anesthetic creams before your procedure, but most hyaluronic fillers contain lidocaine or similar to numb the area rapidly from the first injection so it’s usually unnecessary to use them. 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 compliment 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 to see what our skilled staff can offer you with there extensive experience and Personalised diagnosis process.