Laser resurfacing is a method which removes the dullness from the skin, reduces puffiness from the eyes, fades wrinkles, sun blisters, acne, scars and removes all the facial blemishes. It might require the involvement of cosmetic surgery and can be done separately also, depending on patients skin and preference.
Widely used types for laser resurfacing are :
Fractional laser resurfacing became a benchmark when people started noticing early recovery and minimum side effects.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE AND AFTER LASER RESURFACING
Highly specialised dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons perform laser resurfacing. It puts a focus on the outer layer of the skin and side by side gives warmth to inner layers also because of this collagen production occurs. Newly formed collagen replaces the old one and gives tightness to the skin and makes it shiny and smooth.
First and foremost thing is before laser surfacing a person should be confident about the treatment and he/she must know whether their skin is capable or not and once you are fully prepared some procedures start one month before the actual treatment as surgery is divided in different parts. Doctors initially make the skin bearable to handle the pain. It helps to reduce anxiety, fear and also decreases the chances of risk factors and side effects.
The use of anesthesia and sedation is done by the surgeon on the day of surgery to give patients less discomfort and pain during and after the surgery, and to make the area of surgery numb temporarily. Also, if the area is large then doctors may go with the general anesthesia. If the patient’s skin is extremely oily then it is obvious that more bacteria and dust sticks and for its removal, doctors use specific creams, gels and oils. Then slowly the doctor starts working with the laser on the marked area of the skin.
In the end, the doctor will do the dressing with the cotton and will bandage it with the cotton by placing the skin in its original position.
After surgery, one should give ample time for recovery to fight against the side effects. Also one should clean the treated part on the next day of the surgery for at least 2-3 times. Recovery time depends on the skin area which was used during the treatment. If the treatment is done in the entire face then it might take 15-20 days to recover and if the small area is involved then hardly it takes a week or so.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SKIN RESURFACING SURGERY AND WHAT CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN ?
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF LASER RESURFACING?
Non-ablative skin resurfacing has very few and minor risks as compared to ablative, some of the common risk factors are below :
Doctors might ask you about the past history of any disease and also can suggest to drop the idea of laser resurfacing if :
HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD DOCTOR FOR LASER RESURFACING OR FOR FACIAL REJUVENATION?
To give laser surgery a good start and good end, a skilled and reputed doctor is a must, but to find a reputed and experienced dermatologist for a procedure is a daunting task but once you start researching about surgeons, inquiring about others, it becomes very easy and effortless. You may call the doctor or send email and ask your queries to them.
One deserves to know about the hospital, doctor and staff before such a delicate surgery and the money they spend on the surgery.
If research and interviewing don’t work then straightly ask your family doctor or any general physician. Friends and relatives who have done cosmetic or Laser resurfacing in the past can also guide you very well. If you get convincing answers then you can proceed with a particular surgeon otherwise you can move towards the next search.
COST OF LASER RESURFACING/ REJUVENATION
The average cost for skin resurfacing is based on lots of things such as type of laser, doctors popularity, total time taken for the surgery, takeaway kits, etc.
But on average, it is somewhere around $1500 to $3500. Non-ablative treatments are less time consuming and less expensive so its cost is approximately $2000 while ablative surgeries might cross $4000 in some countries if we include 2-3 sessions in a package then.
This laser treatment usually helps to remove permanent/ stubborn tattoos and sunspots. Little pain occurs but it goes away right after the surgery. This surgery is very cheap and can be done for $500-$700. Some infection, swelling, redness and tingling/burning sensation is common after pico laser.
When skin is treated by a tiny laser light beam by parting it in 1/10th from the hair follicle and it pierces the skin in the deeper layer, without hurting the superficial layer, sometimes youthful and firm skin starts coming.
A person who is healthy and doesn’t take any pills of diabetes, blood pressure or cholesterol, who is disease-free and ladies who are not in their pregnancy period or the one who is not breastfeeding (lactation). Also, people with oily, pimples filled skin along with childhood scars, chickenpox spots, facial blemishes, wrinkles, scars, allergy and infection covered face.
Small laser or non-ablative might take 30-45 mins and major ones/ablative takes 2-3 years. So one should stay prepared for this much sitting.
Some treatments require 3-4 sessions in a year such as Fraxel, acne, wrinkles, etc. and it lasts for 4 -5 years. While ablative treatment is a one-time treatment and lasts for 6-7 years also depends on factors like sun exposure, products which one is using, diet, exercise, etc.
IPL, Micro-needling, PRP, Non-invasive ResurFX technology by Lumenis are some of the effective treatments to get rid of acne scars.