Laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation
As we age skin loses its elasticity and sagging starts to occur as we lose the battle against gravity.
It is a simple and highly effective way of keeping the skin smooth. If you’ve suffered sun damage and general day to day pollutant exposure to your skin then using laser resurfacing can help rejuvenate your skin.
Using different laser light frequencies our cosmetic doctors are able to ensure quick recovery times and effective results. With modern lasers using varying depths of light, your skin will have an accurate treatment tailored to your skin’s problems that may range from sun damage to sagging skin.
Some of the most common areas where laser resurfacing are very effective is the lower face, necklines and crows feet region around the eyes. It’s important to remember that your cosmetic doctor is able to choose the right frequency laser for your problem, allowing you to have quick recovery times and effective results.
What are the benefits of laser resurfacing?
With laser resurfacing you will find that the tone of your skin is improved greatly after just 1 treatment. Skin tone is important to rejuvenate as it can help in reducing pigmentation. Lasers for face skin resurfacing are relatively inexpensive and produce great results
Secondary effects of laser resurfacing are related to fine lines and wrinkles, lifting the skin and reversing sun damage. Depending on the laser light frequency its important to note that deeper acting frequencies can stimulate collagen growth. This enhances the elasticity of the skin also, leading to a visible lift in the skin. When targeting melanin in the skin, it’s important to remember that strong frequencies of laser light and heat generated from them can lead to further pigmentation. Our cosmetic doctors are able to control the laser frequency and diminish the appearance of pigmentation over several resurfacing treatments.
What skin conditions can fractional lasers treat?
Laser resurfacing treatments may be able to assist with the following conditions
- acne scars
- age spots
- crow’s feet
- fine lines and wrinkles
- sagging skin
- uneven skin tone
- sun exposure
Acne scarring is notorious for having scar tissue present in layers of the skin where young skin tissue should be present. When using laser resurfacing as a tool stimulate skin cell growth you will generally see a gradual improvement in scarring as many years of damage has to be repaired over time.
Age spots and crow’s feet lines have a similar repair process with laser light exposure. Usually, the results occur over a period of 7 days and overtime as swelling in the region settles, the treated area shows drastic improvement after just one treatment.
Creating a lift in the skin is added benefit of laser skin resurfacing. The collagen stimulation also helps improve the elastin count which in return gives the skin more rebound. This allows the effects of gravity to be less obvious and a gradual lift in the skin over 2-6 weeks becomes apparent after 2-3 sessions (3 weeks apart).
Who is suitable for laser resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is better suited to light skin types than dark. This is because the heat generated from laser skin resurfacing can harm the collagen which creates further pigmentation.
The ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing can be varied. Laser light has many applications when it comes to treating skin conditions. Patients with immune systems that are weakened by an underlying medical condition are not ideal candidates however anyone else can benefit greatly from this treatment.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Photo rejuvenation theory lies at the core of resurfacing treatment. Thermal energy is generated by light frequencies generated by the chosen laser device. It’s important to remember that heat and warmth will be generated from stronger frequency lasers. The heat energy created then stimulates new skin tissue and also removes old cells which are not able to withstand the temperature increase.
The skin resurfacing treatment removes the outer layers of the skin and stimulates the body to create new skin cells in their place. Using lasers on the face and body allows for the outer layers to be removed and new cells underneath to be stimulated. As a result, the skin appears shiny and scarring or blemishes can be reduced with new cells forming.
Scar tissue and pigmentation can also be reduced as it responds to particular laser light frequencies. The effect on these layers creates can also help reduce skin firmness or irregularities in texture.
Laser frequencies under experienced hands can also provide for strengthening of collagen fibre. This in return creates a supportive structure to the sagging features of the face. Skin can appear less wrinkly, more toned, younger and lighter in complexion as well.
What’s the difference between ablative and non-ablative? What does “ablative” even mean?
Ablative lasers are more effective when compared to non-ablative lasers. Of note, all our cosmetic doctors are experts when it comes to using ablative lasers as they not only deliver great results by chipping away at dead or damaged tissue but provide strong stimulation for new skin to grow.
Ablative lasers include carbon dioxide (CO2) or Erbium. Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing treatment is used to get rid of scars, warts, and deep wrinkles. A carbon dioxide face laser procedure can take up to two weeks to heal.
Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing is technically reserved for the laser shops. This really provides a quick turnover of the outer skin layer and works similar to a facial peel. Not only does it miss the mark in delivering results to our patients but carries a gimmick type effect as it still leaves a nice looking cosmetic shine to the skin which lasts days, not weeks or months.
When comparing results ablative lasers leave an everlasting effect that can last many months to a year. Whereas non-ablative lasers only have a superficial effect which has little benefit.
Why do we use a facial laser procedure for skin care?
Fractionated lasers are those where the depth of action of the laser can be controlled. The target zones vary with fractionated lasers. It is important to get the skin diagnosis correct and ensure the treatment you are seeking matches the profile of the laser.
Fractional lasers can provide greater control over your results and recovery time. Its important to note that laser resurfacing has many levels of control when it comes to performing the treatment. Sometimes recovery time is quick and easy and without intensive treatments. With good fractional laser control, your cosmetic doctor can ensure the appropriate treatment is delivered and minimal down time is required.
What makes one laser
resurfacing procedure different from another?
Lasers differ by the wave-lengths of light they generate; varying technologies—stones, metals, and elements—are used to create those variables.
Lasers differ by the wavelength of laser light they produce. With different technologies in use its important to remember that treatment results are heavily dependant on the type of laser used. Brand names are not so important when it comes to choosing the right laser but rather noting the frequency of laser light they produce.
It’s important to note that lasers with certain frequencies can be quiet aggressive in treating minor issues. Matching the condition you have with the right laser is imperative.
Alexandrite: A greenish gemstone that generates a red spectrum wavelength used for blood vessels, excess hair or tattoos.
C02: A colorless, odorless gas that generates ablative infrared light for skin resurfacing.
Erbium: A silvery-white solid metal that generates infrared light for skin resurfacing and scars.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): A spectrum of light absorbed by red blood vessels and brown pigment; ideal for treating both conditions at once.
Nd:YAG: A crystal that generates near infrared light used for blood vessels, brown pigment, excess hair, or tattoos.
Pulsed Dye: Generates a yellow beam of light for blood vessels, redness, and scars.
QSwitched: A procedure that allows a laser to produce very short pulses of a high intensity light beam for discoloration and tattoos.
Picosecond: A process that allows a laser to produce very short pulses of high intensity light beam for discoloration and tattoos.
How long does a laser treatment procedure take to heal?
It all depends on what treatment you’re getting, the specifics of your skin, and the severity of your condition. But in general: Hair removal heals after a few hours, while blood vessel treatments may stay red for several hours and dark spot treatments will look normal after a week. Ablative resurfacing lasers take longer to show true results; count on at least a week of healing. Non-ablative lasers may heal in several hours to days.
Does the laser resurfacing procedure hurt?
Many don’t. If you’re doing deep resurfacing that involves laser on face, your doctor will likely apply a numbing cream beforehand. Ablative lasers require a local anesthetic and, occasionally, sedation. Tylenol—or um, a tequila shot—may also help.
How much does the laser resurfacing procedure cost?
The cost of a resurfacing procedure may vary. Treatments cost may range anywhere from $300 to $2,000 a session.
What do I need to know about laser resurfacing treatment?
Here’s the thing. Lasers aren’t just point and shoot, and they’re not one size fits all. Doctors control the speed at which the beam of light is directed at your skin, slowing or quickening it depending on the specifics of your skin concern. The more familiar a doctor is with a certain laser, the more skilled they will be at achieving the desired result. Find a practitioner who you’ve heard good things about in your area, and then ask he or she what their personalised recommendation is for you based on your age, skin concerns, and the physiology of your complexion.
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