What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a procedure that is used by a surgeon to reduce the signs of facial wrinkles, acne scars, skin irregularities and blemishes. Also referred to as a laser facial, the treatment directs short concentrated beams of light onto targeted skin areas, which precisely removes layers of irregular skin giving the patient rejuvenated skin.
What Can A Laser Facial Do For Your Skin?
There are several ways a chemical peel can help your skin, including:
- It treats brown spots, discolouration and redness
- Tightens skin and enhances the production of collagen
- Minimises the size of enlarged pores
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces the signs of acne and scars
- Minimalise the appearance of prominent blood vessels
What Does Laser Resurfacing in Manchester Involve?
Laser resurfacing can vary depending on the patient’s individual needs, your surgeon will recommend either ablative or non-ablative lasers. The ablative lasers include either carbon dioxide or erbium which again vary depending on what is being removed. The carbon dioxide laser is used for getting rid of scars, deep wrinkles and warts, whereas the erbium laser is for the finer lines, wrinkles and any other superficial skin concerns.
The non-ablative laser resurfacing doesn’t remove any skin during the procedure. This laser uses a pulsed light, pulsed-dye lasers and fractional lasers to help treat spider veins, acne related issues and rosacea.
Prior to the treatment, your skin will need to be prepared for the skin resurfacing. A number of treatment serval weeks before will need to occur in order to help the skin’s tolerance to the professional procedure. During the procedure, your surgeon will apply an anaesthetic to numb the area being treated, if a large area is being targeted, your surgeon may use a stronger sedative to keep you comfortable during the laser facial treatment. The face is then cleaned to remove all excess dirt, oil and bacteria which then leads to the surgeon starting the laser resurfacing in which they guide the selected laser slowing around the focus area.
After the procedure is finished, the treatment area is dressed up in wraps to help protect the skin until the next checkup. As this procedure isn’t considered as a surgery you will be able to leave the facility straight after.
Results of Laser Resurfacing
You can expect to see a youthful vibrancy to your skin after the procedure. Naturally, if you have gone to reduce the signs of wrinkles, acne or other issues, these will have greatly reduces or even disappeared depending on your surgeon’s expectations.
Risks And Complications of a Laser Facial
The risks with the laser resurfacing Manchester clinics offer can differ depending on the laser used & skin condition. Common side effects are highlighted below:
- Burning sensation on the treated area
- Bumps and swelling
- Redness and hyperpigmentation
- Infections and scarring
It’s essential to follow your surgeon’s pre & post treatment care instructions in order to gain the best results and to protect your skin from experience the above.
How Long Is the Recovery Period?
Depending on the laser used and the skin treatment endured, the average recovery is between 3-10 days, which is fairly quick when compared to other procedures. If a ablative laser is used, as this is a deeper laser, recovery may take up to three weeks.
How Long Does A Laser Facial Take?
Averagely it can be between 30 minutes and 2 hours, but this is subject to the size of the area being treated and which laser is required.
Is Laser Resurfacing Painful?
The majority of people who opted in for this treatment find the pain level very manageable due to the anaesthetic creams used before. It can become tingly/ prickly during the later stages of the procedure.
How Much Does A Chemical Peel Cost?
The cost of a laser resurfacing in Manchester varies on what the patient requires. A quote will be provided at the consultation which will include all applicable fees.