Laser Facial Resurfacing – Ally Against Aging Skin
Laser facial resurfacing, also known as laser peeling is a cosmetic procedure that employed the use of an intense beam of laser to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, thereby exposing the newer and smoother skin underneath. This type of laser treatment is especially effective in removing facial wrinkles, blemishes, sun-damaged skin, skin scarring and treat certain early skin cancers.
Sometimes, this is used in conjunction with other treatments such as liposuction. In the case of liposuction, the skin will be sagging once the excess fat is removed from certain areas in the face or body. In this case, laser resurfacing is used in skin tightening by stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers, which makes the jaw line more defined.
One benefit of laser resurfacing is that it can be directed on specific skin area that needs treatment. Therefore, this make it a preferred option for patients who just want to eliminate wrinkles around the eyes, mouth or nose areas. If you want to smooth out skin irregularities, tighten your skin or even out skin pigmentation, you can also go for full face laser treatment.
Laser facial resurfacing is an effective treatment for eliminating facial imperfections and is categorized into CO2 laser, erbium laser and fraxel laser. If you want to eliminate moderate wrinkles or fine lines, erbium laser is the best option since it has lesser treatment side effects and shorter recovery time as compare with others.
Generally, laser facial resurfacing is performed with the patient being under a local anesthetic and special goggle is worn to protect the eyes. A partial-face treatment takes around 30 to 45 minutes and a full-face treatment can take up to 2 hours. After the treatment, dressing is applied and they are usually removed after the third day. The dermatologist will also prescribed home-based skin care instructions to the patient to prevent any scab formation.
Within the next 3 weeks time, the skin will be healed but the skin redness will only fades off in 2 to 3 months time. As such, makeup can be worn to camouflage the skin redness. For almost a year after treatment, the patient is required to use a sunscreen to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Based on the patient’s condition, repeated treatment may be required to achieve the desired result.