Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that can help revitalise the skin and minimise the effects of sun exposure, various facial skin problems and ageing. This procedure eliminates the damaged outer layers of skin and prompts new skin cells in the underlying layers.
Laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure for individuals with wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars or uneven pigmentation that do not respond well to other treatments. Good candidates have non-oily, elastic skin not likely to scar following minor injury. Ideally, individuals should be clear of any medical concerns, including current health conditions and prescription medication that could lead to unnecessary risks during the procedure and/or recovery.
A suitable candidate should have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure. An individual seeking laser skin resurfacing should know about both the limitations and benefits of the procedure. People with lighter skin tones are usually better candidates than ones that have darker skin tones because there is a much lower risk of side effects like skin discolouration.
The procedure is generally administered under local anaesthesia. A knowledgeable surgeon can determine with great precision how each laser skin resurfacing patient can benefit from this treatment and the necessary anaesthesia needed to provide them sufficient comfort.
As soon as the anaesthesia has been administered, Dr Quinn uses a special laser to conduct the skin resurfacing procedure. Using an accurate and controlled beam of laser light, the outer layers of skin are vaporised, revealing the healthier skin beneath.
Results and recovery differ depending upon the size of the area and the type of laser used. The most invasive treatments may provide the greatest results but may also need an extended recovery time of multiple weeks. A milder laser skin rejuvenation treatment may minimise the same skin concerns and require little or no downtime.
After treatment, recovery takes approximately two weeks while the treated area heals and a new layer of healthy skin materialises. Redness or pinkness usually lasts longer, sometimes remaining for up to several months. If this is the case, the discolouration can be concealed with makeup until it fades. Patients who undergo treatment should plan on being away from work for one to two weeks, though this will depend on the extent of the treatment. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Find more information here.
Laser skin resurfacing can give individuals relief from damaged skin. Treatment may be administered to minimise abnormal pigmentations, wrinkles and acne scars. If your face shows significant signs of ageing, and you would like to fix these or other skin problems, this procedure may be an option for you. Dr Paul Quinn will analyse your case to decide if you would benefit from laser skin resurfacing during your initial consultation.
The benefits of laser skin resurfacing include treating wrinkles and fine lines and repairing skin irregularities and scars. Treatment areas can include lines at the edges of the eyes, around the mouth, and deep lines that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth. Treatments may also treat the appearance of uneven pigmentation, acne scars and a variety of other skin problems.
Yes, most laser skin resurfacing treatments are administered with a local anaesthetic. An oral sedative may also be used to help you relax during the procedure.