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Laser Treatment for Face

Laser Treatment for Face

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Laser Treatment for Face

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Are you looking to improve the look of your ageing skin? Then laser treatment for your face might be the perfect solution for you!

If you’re worried that your skin is suffering from sun damage, which has affected your skin tone and resulted in poor skin health, then laser skin treatment can help to improve skin tone and the complexion of your skin significantly. Whether it has wrinkles, scars, freckles, pigmentation issues, or other skin problems you should consider laser treatments. Even with thorough skin care, it is sometimes not enough to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.

Laser resurfacing is a process where high-concentration laser beams remove the outer layers of your skin and encourage the growth of new skin cells. This can make your facial skin appear younger and rejuvenated, and most importantly, free of wrinkles, scars, and other irregularities. Facial laser treatments can be considered by anyone who wants to improve skin complexity and look.

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What is Laser Resurfacing?

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Here, we’ll cover everything you need to know about laser resurfacing.

Laser resurfacing uses a laser on face treatment where the aim is to remove the old, dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new ones. Laser resurfacing is a treatment to free you of any skin concerns you might be worried about. Face laser resurfacing takes care of the following skin concerns:

  • Fine wrinkles on your skin that come due to ageing;
  • Discolouration of the skin;
  • It smoothens out rough skin;
  • Balances skin tones;
  • Improves the look of skin where acne scars or abrasions are;
  • Improves the fine lines of the skin to make it more youthful.

Lasers for face can also target specific areas of your skin, such as the areas around the mouth, eyes, nose, or any other area of the face you wish to improve. You can decide on laser treatments that aim to improve the overall surface of your skin, smoothen out the fine lines, improve skin tones, improve the appearance of acne scars, sun damage, and enhance the overall look of your skin.

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How Do Lasers Work?

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In just two weeks or less, you could be seeing the benefits of treatments using a laser on your skin. You’ll be able to consult with experts in the dermatology field who have many years of experience with laser and laser-related skin treatments. You’ll be working with one of the most skilled and professional teams out there.

The two most common types of ablative laser treatments for acne and skin tone include CO2 treatment and erbium. Both will work to vaporise the surface-level of your skin and thus iron out the irregularities and deficiencies of your skin by promoting new skin cell growth.

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Types of Laser Resurfacing

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There are two types of laser resurfacing: non-ablative lasers and ablative lasers. The lasers differ by targeting different parts of the skin.

  • Ablative laser resurfacing will target your skin’s surface area, where most of the irregularities will occur. A quality laser facial will remove the outer layer called the epidermis, then warms up the underlayer, called the dermis. This will tighten your skin and encourage the growth of new skin cells. It will also improve the collagen production of your skin, allowing it to grow and form better skin. Collagen gives your skin strength and structure
  • Non-ablative laser resurfacing targets the dermis, which is the skin layer underneath the uppermost layer. It doesn’t destroy the epidermis, but instead, goes deeper by heating the dermis. This can improve collagen formation and, thus, promote skin growth

You are most likely to see immediate, dramatic results with ablative laser resurfacing. It’s a slightly more aggressive type of laser resurfacing, and you’ll likely go through a recovery time of two weeks or more. After just a few hours of having the laser resurfacing, you’ll start to notice redness. Ablative treatment is suitable for acne skin and damage due to acne, fine lines, and can offer improvements for many other facial skin issues.

Non-ablative laser resurfacing, on the other hand, is more suitable for this with darker skin or discolouration. It will help improve your skin tone and overall appearance of the skin.

There are two main types of ablative laser treatments: CO2 and erbium treatments. Both can be effective, and doctors usually have their preferred treatments. Depending on the scope of your skin problems, the specialists will decide on the best treatment for you. Some doctors will use a combination of both procedures where it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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How to Prepare for the Laser Facial Treatment?

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Before your laser facial treatment, you will have a consultation with the doctor and the team behind the laser skin treatments. You’ll be able to tell them what skin care you practice, your concerns for example acne or skin tone issues, how you want your skin to look, and where you see the potential for improvements. The team will put you at ease and tell you everything there is to know about the laser skin treatment.

You should ask as many questions as you can during this stage, and gather as much information as possible. You want to be fully prepared for your laser facial treatment. Perhaps it’s wise to consider the risk factors at this stage, as well as the benefits and the expected results of the laser skin treatment.

Laser facial treatment is usually pretty short, and it’s done as a day-case treatment. This means that you’ll be able to go home the very same day however, some patients prefer to be under general anaesthetic. In such cases, you shouldn’t eat or drink for at least 6 hours before the treatment. Before the procedure, you will also be asked to give your consent to the doctors and surgeons that you are ready for the procedure.

On the day of the procedure, your surgeon will check that nothing has changed since your consultation and your agreement for the skin treatment. If everything is in order, the procedure will go ahead.

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During the Procedure

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The procedure is generally quick and swift. If you’re under a local anaesthetic, you should feel well after a few hours of the procedure. For a while, after the treatment, you might still have no feeling in the skin of your face. This is due to numbing, however, the feeling will return within a few hours. If everything is fine after the procedure, you will be free to go home and recover.

For those under general anaesthetic, the downtime might be slightly longer, as it can take a few hours to wear off. It is advisable to arrange for someone to accompany you to drive you home. After the anaesthetic, you might still be feeling sleepy and uncoordinated for up to 24 hours.

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After the Procedure

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For the first couple of days after the laser procedure, your skin might be swollen and red. There may be some mild discomfort, which is usually well-tolerated. If you do feel somewhat down and still have some discomfort, you can take pain relief medicines such as ibuprofen and/or use an ice pack as it can help with swelling and red skin.

The doctor might instruct you to adopt a special skin care regime after the treatment. This includes special lotions and cleansers to get your skin back to normal as soon as possible. It might take up to 10 days for the skin to get back to normal and for you to be able to notice any visible effects from the procedure. The supplements will help to keep your skin moisturised and aid better recovery.

You will be instructed to stay out of the sun at least until the redness fades. Following all advice closely will help to reduce recovery time and allow a shorter downtime.

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Are There Any Potential Complications?

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Laser treatments for your skin are relatively safe and do not cause any severe complications. However, there are some signs to look out for in the first few days after the procedure. These are the possible complications of laser treatments.

  • Persistent redness and swelling that doesn’t go away quickly. Some reddening of your skin is perfectly normal after the treatment, but if you experience constant reddening that doesn’t go away after at least ten days, you might want to contact the clinic again. In the meantime, you can try to mask your reddening as much as you can;
  • Infections are not very common, but they can happen. You should be aware of this. If you notice any discomfort, pain that has come suddenly, then it might be a sign of infection. Talk to your doctor ASAP, and he’ll prescribe you medications to treat the infection;
  • Changes to skin tone and colour are possible but rare. It might resolve on its own after a few days; if it doesn’t seem to go away, then it might be time to consult with the doctor again;
  • Scarring and sores are possible, but very rare. Scarring is normal due to acne, and if it hasn’t gone away or has increased, consult your doctor about this.

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Is Laser Facial Treatment For Me?

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Laser resurfacing and other laser treatments are commonly used by people from all walks of life and of all ages. If you have wrinkles, scars, damaged skin tissue, pigmentation issues, and you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin that will make you appear younger, then you are the right candidate for the treatment.

However, the treatment is not for everyone. It is not appropriate for patients with active acne and those who have very dark coloured. However, you can still consult with the professionals who will be happy to discuss your facial skin problems. The information you provide will allow them to give you the best advice and information so that you will be able to make a well-informed decision.

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FAQ’S

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To prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, you’ll be under a local or general anaesthetic. This will allow you to get through the procedure very much pain-free. However, some discomfort or mild pain might be present after the procedure. It is perfectly normal to experience it, so don’t panic if you do. If the pain becomes too much, then you should consider contacting your doctor who can advise and check things out for you.

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