Did you suffer from bad acne in the past and still see the scars from it every time that you look in the mirror? Or maybe suffered an accident which left a scar that just won’t go away? Did you get bullied at school for that unusual birthmark on the side of our face? Or enjoyed being out in that wonderful Orlando sun just a little too much? These childhood memories can stay with us for the whole of our lives, even if other people don’t appear to notice them.
Cosmetic surgery such as skin re-surfacing is the perfect way to make those nightmare memories go away. The surgical procedure is relatively new and involves using a laser to take away skin layers one by one and then promote growth of new skin in its place. There are, however, plenty of cosmetic surgeons in Orlando who are already well experienced in laser skin re-surfacing.
The Laser Skin ReSurfacing Procedure
The skin re-surfacing procedure is carried out as an outpatient by a cosmetic surgeon. In general, it is carried out as follows:
- You will be asked to stop smoking and certain medications which might affect the healing process, a few days or a couple of weeks before the procedure is due to begin.
- Your cosmetic surgeon will anaesthetise either each specific area which they will be working on, or your entire face if that is necessary.
- The specialist laser skin re-surfacing cosmetic surgeon will then use a laser to peel off each layer of the ‘problem’ skin.
- After the procedure, your face will be bandaged and you will be given an ointment to apply as well as cleaning instructions. You might feel a little discomfort at first, and your face may appear a little red or swollen, but this will soon die down.
- Once the bandages are removed, you should take extra care to protect your new skin from the sun, and only use recommended make-up.
- Your skin should be ‘normal’ within a couple of weeks, and blemish free within two or three months.
Different Types of Laser
There are a number of different types of laser available. The CO2 as well as erbium lasers can be used depending on what your cosmetic surgeon decides is best for you and the treatment that you are having carried out. They can use the laser like a paint brush to paint over the skin defects, removing blemishes and making your skin look younger and fresher.
This type of laser skin re-surfacing can be used to treat the following:
- Acne marks
- Sun damage
- Skin which hasn’t responded after a facelift
- Liver spots
- Enlarged oil glands
Whilst aesthetically changing your skin won’t remove all of those traumatic memories, it can go a long way in giving you back your confidence. For some, once the surface problems are dealt with, the interior ones are easier to banish. If this is the case for you, laser skin re-surfacing could be the thing for you.