What Is Laser Resurfacing ?
Laser Resurfacing or Laser Skin Resurfacing is a popular facial rejuvenation procedure that uses a laser to correct certain facial flaws due to various conditions affecting an individual’s skin. Laser Resurfacing is used to restore a youthful look and glow to the skin and has become the go-to ‘anti-ageing technique’ recommended by dermatologists worldwide.
However, this technique is misunderstood to be permanent. Laser Resurfacing, much like any other cosmetic procedure turns back the clock on facial features but isn’t permanent. It in fact, assists in more graceful ageing and its results are longer lasting.
How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?
Laser resurfacing removes the topmost damaged layer of the dermis and then penetrates deeper into the dermis to stimulate collagen and initiate growth of new and healthy skin.
This procedure helps in removal of fine lines, wrinkles, acne and uneven skin tone and improves texture.
There are 2 types of Lasers used in this procedure depending on the recommendation of your cosmetologist or dermatologist:
1. Ablative Laser:
The Ablative Laser is also known as a ‘CO2 Laser’ that removes the epidermal or outer layer of skin and heats up the dermis which is the underlying skin. This results in the stimulation and regrowth of new collagen fibres quickly, thus giving a more taught and smooth look to the skin. Due to its intense working method it is known as a wounding laser.
2. Non-Ablative Laser:
This laser is a non-wounding laser which improves the quality and texture of the skin over a period of time. It is primarily done with Intense Pulsed Light Technology and is less invasive than the ablative type, while also having lesser side effects and lesser recovery time, however it is known to be less effective as well.
What To Expect During The Procedure?
The procedure will be done under an anaesthetic depending on the requirement of the procedure. For more extensive procedures, the patient may be completely sedated if the doctor deems it to be intense.
During the procedure, the intense laser will be pointed directly at your skin. This laser is usually quite powerful, but protective gear will be provided. The laser beam will be directed to the exact locations where treatment is required. The beam destroys the outer layer of the skin and heats up the underlying layer.
The procedure is similar for ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing and takes around 30 minutes depending on the scale of the treatment. The only difference is that ablative laser resurfacing is done in one appointment, where as non-ablative resurfacing may have you take appointments across weeks or months.
What Are The Risks And Side Effects Of The Treatment?
It is wise to consult your dermatologist before opting in for the procedure since the risks include:
- Flaring us of acne due to creams and bandages.
- Scarring due to abrasive laser post treatment.
- Itching and blotches on skin
- Redness and Swelling
- Various skin infections if left exposed for a long while without proper post care treatment.
- Sometimes, a subtle change in skin color may be observed.
It is therefore highly necessary that you seek out a consultation from your dermatologist before opting in for such a procedure.
It is a very safe procedure and appropriate post care treatment will be informed and provided to you by your dermatologist. For more questions or an appointment seeking any cosmetic treatment, visit Contact us at Dr. Divya Sharma’s Skin and Hair Solution, or visit our clinic in Whitefield, Bangalore.