Resurface Laser Treatment
Do you struggle with dull/uneven skin, lines/wrinkles, acne scars or stretch marks?
The Resurface Laser renews the skin for a smooth and fresh appearance.
What is it?
Fractional laser resurfacing is an incredible treatment to renew your skin and is very beneficial for atrophic acne scarring, it is great for any patient who wants to improve their skin texture.
The Resurface Laser is known as an Erbium YAG laser at 2940nm wavelength, it creates tiny microspots of heat in the epidermis (top skin layer), resulting in dramatic skin renewal. This process retextures the skin for maximum smoothness, reducing the appearance of lines, tightening pores, and reducing scarring and marks. Long term collagen production is also boosted for better quality skin
What Can It Be Used For?
- Skin rejuvenation of photo (UV) damaged or congested skin.
- Static (At rest) wrinkles
- Total skin rejuvenation of facial and non-facial areas
- Acne Scars
- Uneven Skin Tone
- This laser can only be used on Fitzpatrick skin types 1-3
All patients require a patch test and consultation. To book your consultation click here.
Please note this procedure requires strict sunscreen usage and strict UV avoidance at all times, otherwise you will risk your pigmentation/issues returning. If you cannot avoid UV exposure, we advise having this treating during autumn/winter.
Frequently Asked Questions
- +How Does The Resurface Laser Work?
- The Resurface Laser is an Er:YAG laser at 2940nm in a fractional format to create tiny microspots of ablation in the epidermis (top skin layer), resulting in dramatic skin renewal.
This process retextures the skin for maximum smoothness, reducing the appearance of lines, tightening pores, and erasing irregularities. Long term collagen production is also boosted for better quality skin.
- +Is Resurface Laser Treatment for Me?
If you have any of the following skin concerns, This may be recommended for you;
- Uneven/Dull Skin
- Ageing Skin/Sun Damage
- Scars from Acne/Trauma/Surgery
- Stretch Marks
The decision to undergo is a personal decision and should be made after careful research, consideration and consultation with one of our cosmetics doctors who will advise you.
The following are contra-indications for undergoing the treatment.
- Sun Tan/Sunbeds/Skin infection or irritation
- Darker skin Types – Fitzpatrick 4-5
- Skin cancer/raised moles/Tattoos in the area to be treated
- Melasma/Pigmentation near the treatment areas
- Recent use of certain drugs and other photo-sensitive medication
- Keloid/raised scars
- Smoker/Excess alcohol consumption.
- Prone to cold sores/herpes infection (can go ahead with anti-viral treatment).
- Pregnancy/(breastfeeding is safe)
- Photosensitive conditions – E.g Lupus/Porphyria
- +How Do You Administer the Treatment?
- After a full consultation and assessment of your skin, your practitioner will explain the treatment to you and carry out a patch test, this is done on a separate day to your treatment.
On your treatment day, photographs will be taken to document your treatment. You will be given a hand held electronic fan to keep you cool during the procedure.
Your skin will be medically cleansed followed by the application of protective eye wear. Your practitioner will then start the Resurface Laser treatment, which involves moving the laser device over the area to be treated. This can be mildly uncomfortable and generate some heat. Cooling of the skin using your fan will help.
The procedure takes 20-30 minutes. Some lesions may darken post treatment, this is normal and temporary.
Most patients require a course of 3 treatments.
- +Are There Any Side Effects to Resurface Laser?
- Resurface Laser is well tolerated and very safe.
Typical side effects will include, redness, white dots on the skin, mild flushing, mild swelling, tight and flaky/dry skin.
Delicate skin may have some swelling. Some patients may find the procedure uncomfortable, let your Doctor know so we can adjust the settings.
The skin will flake and darken around day 2-3, this is a good sign the skin is regenerating. Use of a gentle cream exfoliator such as the exfo cleanse, use of the post recovery moisturiser and sun protection cream is essential. Do not pick or pull at any dry skin.
By day 7, almost all patients have recovered fully from the treatment with no visible signs of having the procedure.
Extremely rare side effects include, scarring, burns, blisters, infection, herpes reactivation and pigmentation (if no spf protection used).
There is an aftercare programme which your practitioner will advise you on.
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