Laser Skin Resurfacing (a.k.a. Laser Resurfacing)
Laser technology is developing in the area of facial surgical procedures and one of the revolutionized techniques is laser skin resurfacing. This method is used for treating wrinkles, sun damage, scars, actinic keratosis, tenangiectasia and solar lentigenes; whereby molecular bonds of a material are dispersed by laser.
Laser resurfacing can be used jointly with liposuction where excess fat from the jaw area and chin are eliminated. Presently after the removal of the extra fat, skin may appeared wrinkled and laser resurfacing is then used to taut and smoothen over the new shapes.
Two kinds of methods of facial skin resurfacing are used; the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and the erbium lasers. Both techniques are short bursts of powerful laser beam that are harmless to the adjacent tissues. For that reason, the precision and accuracy of the laser is only used to treat a specific area leaving the other tissues entirely undamaged. Scarred and wrinkled upper layers of skin are taken away to find a healthy, new and even layer of skin.
Usually, laser resurfacing treats fine wrinkles and remove lines such as crow’s feet from the face and each individual requires treatment in different areas. Some people whose skins are sun damaged may need resurfacing in the entire face. In actual fact, any lines and wrinkles of the face can be remedied with the laser.
How Laser Resurfacing Works
Firstly, the face is rinsed properly with saline solution or an antibacterial solution. Then, anesthetic is injected in the areas being treated and sometimes a topical cream anesthetic can be applied on. Anesthetic eye drops and protective eye shields are positioned to guard the patient’s eyes since the laser beam can be harmful to the eyes.
The surgeon then cautiously chooses the appropriate settings on the laser to correspond to the requirements of each patient which includes the quantity of laser energy being conveyed and the frequency used on the patient. After the treatment ends, an ointment is applied over the treated area