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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. Derma clinics in Singapore are readily available for this type of surgical procedure.

 

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. Laser resurfacing is an efficient method to reduce fine lines and wrinkles with ease.

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. Partial treatment of the face will be done around 30 to 45 minutes. While full-face treatment will take around two hours. 

 

The doctor will need to bandage the area that was treated. The treated areas should be cleaned after 24 hours, four to five times a day. Applying ointment prescribed by the doctor should be applied before bandaging again.

 

Swelling after the laser surgery is normal. The doctor will prescribe steroids to tolerate the swelling around the eyes. It is going to be hard to sleep for several days. Having extra pillow will come in handy for extra comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions:

A: It will take five to seven days to recover after laser resurfacing. It is normal for the skin to be dry and peeled. Healing will usually take 10 to 21 days, depending on the severity of the skin condition. Redness of the face will be evident for two to three months.

A: It will cost around $300 to $1500 per session in Singapore. Moreover, $2500 to 4000 Australian Dollars (AUD) for fractional laser skin resurfacing in Australia.

A: Laser skin resurfacing can work wonders on the face. It may decrease fine lines on the face. It may also treat uneven skin tone to improve the skin complexion from scars and sun damages. However, laser resurfacing can only do so much. It will not eliminate excessive or saggy skin conditions.

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