Laser resurfacing and chemical peels with a facelift

Date posted: 18 November, 2017
Posted by: Mr Jag Chana
dual face surgery


Having a facelift can massively change the way you look and feel about yourself. As we age, the skin loses elasticity and collagen production slows down, which can lead to a number of ageing factors: the development of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin around the face and neck and a dulling complexion. A facelift can address the factors that are related to skin laxity and soft tissue descent, by removing any excess and tightening both the deep tissues and the skin. However, it cannot help your complexion or restore the alluded ‘youthful glow’, which is why dual treatments are ideal to provide an overall rejuvenation.

If you opt to have dual treatments, there are a couple of options you can explore. Mr Jag Chana offers laser resurfacing and chemical peels as part of his practice and recommends either of these as ideal treatments to have following a facelift.

After your consultation, it is advisable to have your facelift surgery first prior to any skin resurfacing treatments. Facelift surgery takes between three and four hours to perform and is performed under general anaesthetic. An incision (the size of which will depend on the type of facelift) will always be discrete and hidden in the curves around the ear. The deep tissues (SMAS facelift) and skin of the face are tightened, adjusted and repositioned in order to create a more youthful appearance.

You will be required to stay overnight in the hospital and should take two weeks off work. You should then avoid strenuous activity and contact sport for at least six weeks and should expect to see your best results within three months. Mr Chana will have already discussed with you the time frame in which you have your procedures. Once you have waited the allotted initial recovery time agreed with Mr Chana, you will be able to proceed with the second part of your treatment.

 

Fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing
Laser resurfacing boosts collagen production to create tighter, smoother skin. It also works on lines and wrinkles and is perfect for treating the fine lines and blemishes that cannot be fully eradicated during a facelift. The most common area for patients to have laser treatment combined with facelift surgery are the upper and lower lip lines since this area is away from the surgical part of the facelift. Laser to the rest of the face cannot be carried out at the same time as a facelift since it can cause complications in the skin where the facelift is carried out. This is the reason that if the whole face is to be treated it is best to wait approximately 3 months or more after the facelift prior to undergoing this treatment.

The latest advances in carbon dioxide laser resurfacing have resulted in much quicker recovery times. This is achieved by fractionating the laser beam which means tiny microscopic spots on the skin are treated like a grid leaving tiny areas of the skin in between these spots to allow recovery and growth of new skin to occur.

Laser resurfacing takes between 30 and 60 minutes, and any discomfort can be managed with a mild anaesthetic cream that will be applied prior to your treatment. You will probably need to take another two weeks off work in order to allow your skin to recover. Mr Chana will give you a specific idea of how much time off you’ll need since it can vary slightly depending on the depth of the laser treatment.

 

Chemical peel
Skin peels essentially work by removing the top layer of the skin on the face, revealing fresh skin underneath. For this reason, they can improve the texture, brightness and general appearance of the skin on your face. Mr Chana will discuss with each individual the suitability of either a chemical peel or laser treatment.

In general, chemical peels are more superficial and work on the very surface of the skin and are therefore less effective for the deeper lines where laser treatments work more effectively. However, peels are very effective for an evening out minor areas of pigmentation and providing a more youthful complexion to the skin. Chemical peels take between 30 and 60 minutes to apply, and although you will only require a light numbing cream for a superficial peel or you may be placed under sedation if you have elected to receive a deep peel.

Mr Chana was, and remains, one of the very few plastic surgeons in the country to offer laser resurfacing and chemical peels as complementary treatments to a facelift. Mr Chana is confident that the dual function of the combined treatment allows you to look not only younger, but fresher and rejuvenated too.
Mr Chana also places great emphasis on achieving natural looking results in all his cosmetic surgery. Facelifts can have a reputation for giving the impression of the skin looking taut or ‘pulled back’, but Mr Chana has refined his techniques in order to achieve excellent and individualised natural results. You will leave the practice looking younger and brighter, rather than as though you have just had surgery.

If you are interested in a dual functioning facial rejuvenation treatment, you should book a consultation with Mr Chana. He will be able to assess your skin and recommend the best course of treatment for your individual case, and once you have decided together on your bespoke treatment plan, he will be able to give you a good idea of treatment, time frames and the details of your procedure going forwards. Obviously, after a facelift, the skin must be given some time to heal and recover, which means that when your optimum results will show may differ from the results of any singular treatment. Mr Chana will be able to be more specific about this during your consultation – it is different for everyone, and largely depends on lifestyle, skin type and age.
 

 

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