Facial wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and certain scars can be improved by laser skin resurfacing. The procedure uses a laser beam to vaporise damaged tissue, revealing the new skin underneath. The outward signs of ageing may be diminished and the tone and condition of your skin improved, unveiling a fresher, more youthful appearance.
If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you need to be thoroughly informed about the procedure. Reading this is the first step. A confidential consultation with one of our specialist surgeons is the best way to obtain the additional information you will need.
Ageing, sun exposure, hereditary and lifestyle factors may all contribute to facial wrinkling. Pigmentary changes of the skin may also occur with age. Prior acne can make the surface of the skin uneven.
You may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have one or more of the following conditions:
Wrinkled or sun damaged skin
Vertical wrinkles around your mouth
"Crows feet" lines around your eyes and perhaps some skin laxity in your lower eyelid area
Fine wrinkling of your upper eyelids
Brown spots or pigmentation marks
Acne or chicken pox scars
Superficial scars from a past injury
During the consultation you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from laser skin resurfacing. This will help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.
In evaluating your suitability for treatment, your surgeon will carefully examine your skin to assess your skin type, the severity of any sun damage and the depth of any lines, wrinkles or scars.
Skin resurfacing using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser employs advanced technology to remove layers of skin. Your surgeon is trained in the safe use of laser equipment. He is able to specify the amount of energy transmitted to the skin's surface by the laser beam, and can control the depth of penetration.
Using the laser light beam, your surgeon can accurately and precisely vaporize damaged tissue layer by layer. The light beam remains on the skin for very short periods of time. Vaporized dead cells are then gently wiped away from the treated area.
As your skin will be pink following your resurfacing procedure, it may take months before you can fully appreciate your new look. However, most patients feel that the results are definitely worth waiting for.
Your skin will, of course, continue to age. Despite this, you can expect that the improvements in skin quality and texture achieved by resurfacing will make your complexion appear younger and fresher for many years to come.