When it comes to our skin, we would all love to be blemish and wrinkle free. Some people are naturally lucky in that they can abuse their skin all they like and it’s still as smooth and perfect looking as a baby’s bottom, but for the rest of us mere mortals, there is laser re-surfacing to help us.
What is Laser Re-Surfacing?
Laser resurfacing is where a cosmetic surgeon uses a laser to target and remove specific blemishes on the skin, such as scars from acne, birth marks, wrinkles or skin which hasn’t responded after a facelift. The CO2 laser directs a beam at the ‘problem’ area, removing the skin layer by layer and allowing for the new skin to grow in its place.
Some of the ailments that skin re-surfacing treats are:
- Acne scars
- Birth marks
- Un-responsive skin after a facelift
If you have any of these conditions, skin re-surfacing might be able to help you. It is worth noting, however, that if you have acne or very dark skin, you might not be suitable.
What is the Procedure?
The skin resurfacing procedure is a very simple one. You are advised to stop smoking for two weeks prior to the procedure – and after, and stop taking and supplements that might delay the healing process.
The skin re-surfacing procedure is done as an outpatient service by a cosmetic surgeon, meaning that you won’t need to stay anywhere overnight.
The surgeon will either numb your entire face with a local anaesthetic or u a local anaesthetic for the skin re-surfacing of a specific area, depending on the amount of work that there is to do, and use the laser to correct the ‘problem’ areas. The whole process should take less than two hours, and once the surgery has been carried out, the areas which have been worked on will be bandaged.
Following the treatment you will need to regularly clean the skin and apply an ointment to help the healing and avoid scabs. It should take less than three weeks to heal – depending on the condition.
After you have taken off the bandages, it is important that you use high factor sunscreen to protect the new skin from the sun. You can use oil free make-up to cover the redness which often occurs at first, but this should fade within a couple of months.
If you have a darker skin tone, your ‘new’ skin may get darker pigmentation. This can be remedied by using a bleaching agent both before and after the procedure.
Skin re-surfacing under a local anaesthesia shouldn’t be painful during the procedure. There may be a mild burning sensation and uncomfortable-ness afterwards. This is short-lived however, and worth the discomfort for the results that you will see.
Find a good cosmetic surgeon and your procedure can be done quickly and virtually pain-free, so within a matter of weeks your face skin could be transformed back into that smooth, wrinkle and blemish free skin that you have been dreaming of for years.