What is laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing works by removing the outer layer of the skin but also causes remodelling of the collagen with a skin tightening effect. It therefore refines the texture of the skin and can even be used for acne scarring and other scars. Uneven pigmentation, blemishes and wrinkles can also be treated. Mr Chana uses the carbon dioxide laser.
How is laser treatment administered?
Since carbon dioxode laser treatment is strong it usually requires some form of anaesthetic. For milder treatments a numbing cream can be used. For deeper skin treatment a local anaesthetic with some sedation is required.
If a fast result is required then a one off deep laser treatment can be used but the downside is a longer recovery period of several weeks during which the skin may remain quite red although it can be covered by makeup. Milder treatments can sometimes produce similar results with quicker recovery times but require multiple treatment sessions.
Which areas can be treated?
Almost any area of the face can be treated depending on the particular problem. When lines and wrinkles are treated the commonest areas are around the mouth and the crow’s feet lines. Any area of the skin on the face can be treated for uneven pigmentation and texture problems although strong treatments on the eyelids and neck should be avoided.
Many of Mr Chana’s patients who have undergone facelift surgery have carbon dioxide laser treatment in conjunction with the surgery. When used in combination with facelift surgery the commonest area to be treated is the upper and lower lip lines. In this way the recovery period can be combined alongside the recovery from surgery.
What are the side effects and risks?
During the recovery some redness can occur with the deep laser treatment which may persist for several weeks.
Uneven skin colour and changes in the degree of pigmentation are a potential side effect although relatively rare in Caucasian skin. It is important to use high factor sun block daily for several months after the laser treatment.
Some patients can suffer reactivation of cold sores and medication to prevent this may be prescribed.
Scarring can occur but this is very rare.