Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of the skin. It involves the use of a laser to precisely remove damaged skin layers. This process stimulates the growth of new, healthier skin cells, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Laser resurfacing can address various skin concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, uneven skin tone, and certain pigmentation issues.

There are two main types of laser resurfacing:

Ablative Laser Resurfacing:

This method removes thin layers of skin using high-intensity laser beams. It’s effective in treating moderate to severe skin issues but may require more downtime for recovery. Common types of ablative lasers include carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers and erbium lasers.

Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing:

This technique targets the deeper layers of the skin without causing visible damage to the surface. It promotes collagen production and skin tightening. Non-ablative lasers typically have a shorter recovery period compared to ablative lasers. Examples include fractional lasers and pulsed-dye lasers.

The procedure is typically performed by a trained professional. Before the treatment, the skin is usually cleansed, and a numbing cream may be applied to minimise discomfort. The laser is then applied to the targeted areas, and the duration of the procedure can vary based on the specific technique used and the areas being treated.

After laser resurfacing, the skin may appear red, swollen, and sensitive, similar to a sunburn. Recovery time can vary from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the depth and type of treatment. It’s crucial to follow post-procedure instructions provided by the healthcare professional to promote proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.

Laser resurfacing is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified professional. However, there are risks involved, including temporary discomfort, changes in skin pigmentation, infection, scarring, and in rare cases, prolonged redness or healing issues.

Individuals considering laser resurfacing should consult with a  trained professional to determine if they are suitable candidates for the procedure and discuss the potential risks and benefits based on their skin type and specific concerns.