Laser Resurfacing is resurfacing of skin to cure minor flaws of your face and improve skin condition and appearance. The treatment is done with help of two kinds of lasers. Wounding or ablative laser is used to remove thin layers of human skin. The other type is non-ablative laser that stimulates growth of collagen and also tightens the underlying skin of your body.
In a nutshell, this type of resurfacing reduces the appearance of thin lines around the eyes, cheeks as well as mouth. The resurfacing treatment cures skin toning problems as well as improve complexion of your skin if your face is damaged due to exposure to sun or physical injuries. This laser treatment is used for removing wrinkles, liver spots as well as age spots, uneven texture of skin, scars occurred due to chicken pox, acne or physical injuries.
Lesions or huge growth in upper layer of human skin namely actinic keratoses, birthmarks can be easily removed with the help of this process. In addition, this treatment is used for removing huge tattoos. You can also get rid of unwanted hair by making use of heat from laser to destroy opening of skin where growth of hair occurs.
Here are a few preparatory steps that you have to follow for a successful laser resurfacing treatment.
– Before laser resurfacing treatment, your doctor must review the medical history. When you meet the doctor you must be prepared to answer the relevant questions about your past as well as current medical conditions. If you are taking any medication or any type of cosmetic procedure you must not forget to inform the details to your medical consultant.
– Most doctors often ask you to do physical examination. At first he or she will examine your skin as well as the area that calls for treatment. In this way he or she can determine the changes that need to be done and also understand the ways the physical features like thickness as well as tone of human skin affect the result. Talk to your doctor frankly and find out more about the desirable results that you expect to get from this type of treatment.
The following are the details on the laser resurfacing that are ideal for improving condition of your skin:
Ablative laser resurfacing:
The skin resurfacing through ablative laser is usually done in surgery facility. Before the process, the face is cleaned and the eyes are covered. Generally the doctors apply local anesthesia to numb the skin. For more extensive resurfacing, patients are given sedatives at times of treatment. Intense beam of laser or light energy is directed towards your skin to destroy the exterior layer of your skin.
Simultaneously the laser beam affects the underlying skin and allows the collagen fibers to reduce in size. When the wound heals, the new skin becomes smoother as well as tighter. Such type of resurfacing treatment continues for thirty minutes to two hours depending on the size of affected area that requires urgent treatment.
Nonablative laser resurfacing:
This type of resurfacing is done inside the office of your doctor. Your treatment area can be cleaned and the eyes are effectively covered. In this way the doctor may numb the skin for at least 1 to 2 hours before the treatment begins. For protecting the exterior layer of skin during non-ablative laser resurfacing treatment, the doctor may apply cryogen spray, water gel or cool air to treated area.
Laser damages the collagen below the skin as well as stimulates the growth of new collagen that tightens the underlying skin as well as improving appearance and toning of skin. Skin is not removed and such resurfacing treatment takes fifteen minutes to one hour on basis of the technique as well as the size of treated area. For better target results, numerous treatment series are scheduled that may continue for several weeks or even months.
Care to be taken after laser resurfacing:
After resurfacing treatment with ablative laser, the skin becomes itchy and swollen. The yellowish liquid coming out from the treated areas create crusts. You must not pick these crusts or any piece of skin and avoid scarring at all possible means. Your doctor will apply ointment to treated skin or even cover this area with watertight dressing. In order to get rid of pain after the process, you have to apply ice packs and take pain relievers.
At times of recovering from this procedure, you must clean those areas with clean water, acetic acid or apply protective ointment. Avoid all kinds of strenuous activities during this healing process. Most doctors also recommend their patients to stay at home and allow the wounds to recover at fast pace. Once the new skin covers the treated area you can also use cosmetics for concealing redness.
When you resurface your skin with non-ablative laser, it becomes swollen and red in color. You may also apply ice packs or make up and then carry on with your regular activities.