Laser Skin Resurfacing

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    Laser Skin Resurfacing

    Laser resurfacing is a facial revitalization surgery that utilizes a laser to enhance the skin condition or treat blemishes. It extracts the skin layer with accuracy. The new skin cells that develop while healing gives the skin a firmer and young-looking appearance.

    Types of laser skin resurfacing:

    • Ablative laser: This cutting laser removes the skin’s delicate outer layer and heats the underlying dermis, promoting new collagen fibers. 
    • Non-ablative laser: This is a non-wounding laser that fuels collagen development, thus helping in improving skin color and texture.

    Possible Causes

    The most common cause of fine lines and wrinkles is aging. Sun damage and hormonal imbalances are other reasons.

    Risks factors

    Laser resurfacing can cause various side effects:

    • Irritation, inflammation, and itching: After the procedure, your skin may be scratchy, engorged, and turn red. 
    • Spots: Smearing creams and dressings to your face following the procedure may exacerbate acne or develop small white clunks on treated areas.
    • Infection: The procedure may cause bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.
    • Changes in skin color:  Laser resurfacing can cause treated regions to become more hyperpigmented or brighter than before treatment.

    Signs and symptoms

    Why laser skin resurfacing? Laser resurfacing can treat the following:

    • Fine lines 
    • Aged acnes   
    • Imbalanced skin color or texture 
    • Sun-damaged epidermis  
    • Acne scars (mild & moderate)

    Diagnosis

    Your doctor may physically examine the extent of your skin damage with the help of hand-held visual aid.

    Treatment Options at 7DMC

    Our medical team will examine your medical history and conduct a physical examination. The doctor may treat crinkles encircling your eyes, lips, or temples separately or treat the whole face. Based on your condition, our doctor may perform laser resurfacing as an outpatient treatment. For minor problems, our team will anesthetize the areas and can sedate you. A full-face procedure may take two hours. Puffiness after laser skin resurfacing is common. Our doctor can recommend steroids to treat inflammation on your face. Napping with one more pillow can reduce inflammation.

    After the laser surgery, the specialist will wrap the administered regions. Following a day, you should clean the operated areas 4-5 times daily and then apply a cream to forestall crusts from developing.

    Following this treatment, avoid unguarded sun exposure for about a year to stop uneven pigmentation.

    FAQs

    Frequently asked questions

    Anyone with the following conditions must avoid laser surgery:

    • Underwent acne treatment in the preceding year
    • Suffering from a weak immunity
    • Incline to have scars
    • Took facial radiation therapy
    • Shadier skin tone
    • Pregnant or breastfeeding

    Required steps before undergoing laser resurfacing:

    • Take medicines to avoid problems. If you’re undergoing laser skin resurfacing, the doctor will recommend an antiviral medication before and after the procedure to avert any infection.
    • Evade unguarded sun contact. Excessive sun exposure two months before the treatment may induce permanent uneven coloration in treated parts. 
    • Discontinue smoking. Stop or avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and after treatment to circumvent any problems.
    • Arrange for help. After the procedure, you will require assistance to reach home.

    Within 5 to 7 days after the procedure, your skin becomes dry and starts to peel. Depending on the issues that was treated, healing may take 10 to 21 days. Some patients may have slight redness for 2-3 months.