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Skin Resurfacing

Skin Resurfacing

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Skin Resurfacing

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Have you ever heard of skin resurfacing treatments? It’s a technique that uses concentrated beams of light to remove skin layers and get rid of skin conditions like acne scars, blemishes and facial wrinkles. So, if your skin has any of these conditions, including sun damage, you can opt for laser skin resurfacing treatments.

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Types of lasers for face treatments

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Resurfacing lasers don’t target capillaries or melanin. Instead, they target water molecules that reside within the collagen layer in the skin. However, instead of changing the appearance of the water molecules, the lasers heat it until they create a microthermal zone that triggers collagen production and subsequently, the healing phase.

This is just a basic overview of how it works, and now lasers can treat almost anything from tattoos to sun damage with little to no downtime. There are two types of fractional lasers commonly used for skin resurfacing. They are erbium and carbon dioxide laser (CO2).

For Carbon dioxide resurfacing, this equipment uses short pulsed light to remove thin layers of the skin with as little heat damage as possible. It can be used in the treatment of warts, acne, scars, wrinkles and many other skin conditions. This treatment type works excellently as a face laser, with recovery taking up to two weeks.

On the other hand, erbium laser resurfacing works best for acne and skin conditions on the chest, neck, and hands. It is also great as a facial laser for removing wrinkles and fine lines. While it has the benefit of a lesser chance of burning of skin tissues, there could also be side effects like redness, bruising and swelling. Recovery time is faster, as you may need about a week for a full recovery. It is also great for those with a darker skin tone.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure

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Before starting your resurfacing treatment, you should discuss with your dermatologist on the appropriate technique for you. You should avoid taking any supplements or medications like vitamin E, ibuprofen, and aspirin for at least two weeks before your laser resurfacing, as these may affect clotting. It is best to avoid smoking, and not to have active cold sores as well.

The physician may numb you with a local anaesthetic before a laser on face treatment that targets wrinkles around your mouth or eyes. For full laser facial, you may need general anaesthesia. This procedure should take less than an hour. In aftercare, you will need to clean the treated areas as much as five times a day to prevent the formation of scabs.

It is normal to experience swelling after your laser resurfacing treatment, but this can be managed with prescribed medication which will clear up within a few weeks. One piece of equipment your physician may use for your laser skin resurfacing procedure is a Pigment-Pulverizing laser. These are great for treating tattoo ink and brown spots. They fall into two major categories, which are Picosecond and Q-switched lasers.

Picosecond lasers are about a thousand times faster than the nano equivalent. With these lasers, the skin won’t register the heat, while the acoustic wave they generate safely shatters pigment particles. These skin resurfacing treatments also help in treating sunspots. Alternatively, the Q-switched lasers can get rid of sunspots in a single shot using short nanosecond bursts to cluster up pigments without the skin’s surface cooling.

They are safe for most skin tones, including darker skin complexions. With these laser resurfacing techniques, you can also remove the ink of different colours used in a tattoo. As much as 90% of the tattoo can be cleared up after several sessions. You may experience some slight discomfort, but the level of pain depends on the individual threshold.

With numbing cream, pain should not be a cause for concern during skin resurfacing. With Q-switched laser resurfacing, your brown spots will turn pinkish-white, before they take on a darker colour that lingers for just a few weeks. For Picosecond lasers, tattoos will turn white before forming a scab that must be covered for a few weeks. These will both fade over time, leaving you with lovely clear skin.

Those with darker skin tones have a higher risk of developing hypopigmentation where the skin lightens up while for medium skin tones, there could be a risk of hyperpigmentation where the skin darkens. However, discussing these risks with your physician can help you develop preventive techniques that will help your skin heal appropriately without these conditions appearing. Each session cost depends on the skin conditions being treated and the clinic you chose. Prices can range from as low as $250 to as high as $1000.

With laser skin resurfacing, the layer by layer removal of your skin will encourage the birth of new skin cells during your healing phase which translates into tighter and younger-looking skin. You can combine this procedure with other cosmetic surgeries or use this laser treatment alone. So you don’t have to be stuck with acne, ageing, or the effects of spending too much time in the sun. You can successfully get rid of your wrinkles, scars, and blemishes, and booking your laser skin resurfacing sessions is an excellent place to start. Finally, always make sure you get your skin resurfacing treatments done in a reputable clinic where the professionals understand and have experience with all types of skin conditions and are experts in using laser machines.

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