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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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  80 feet road indira nagar, Bengaluru     May 3, 2019

   6 min     



Laser skin resurfacing treatment or laser peel is a safe, cost-effective, and convenient cosmetic procedure for rejuvenating the skin. It can help reverse the signs of ageing and reduce the sun's effects and some facial skin disorders.

Laser skin resurfacing is mainly done on the face but can be done on the skin in other body areas. It removes the damaged outer layers of the skin and stimulates collagen and new skin cells production in the underlying skin layers making the skin look smoother, younger, and healthier. It's possible to accomplish it with:

Ablative laser: This wounding laser removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and warms the underlying skin (dermis), causing new collagen fibres to form. The treated region appears smoother and tighter as the epidermis heals and regrows. The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, erbium, and combination systems are ablative treatments.

Nonablative laser: This non-wounding laser promotes collagen development, which improves skin tone and texture over time. Various types of lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices can achieve this goal.

A nonablative laser resurfacing procedure is less intrusive. It takes less time to recover than an ablative laser resurfacing procedure. However, it is less effective. 

It has been said that beauty is overrated. But is it? People, especially women, go on measures to enhance and preserve their ageing skin. So the answer lies there. There are uncountable natural and artificial techniques to improve the skin's beauty, and laser skin resurfacing is gaining popularity.

What are the types of laser treatments for facial skin?

Many efficient lasers are available to treat various skin issues, but deciding which one is best for you can be difficult. 

While the best treatment for you will be determined following a consultation with your dermatologist, below are some of the most popular lasers for the face:

  • To Get an Insta-Glow on Your Skin: Laser Genesis

Because you may leave the dermatological office looking better than when you entered, Laser Genesis is known as one of the greatest lunchtime cosmetic procedures. This "super facial" employs a 1064 nm wavelength to gently heat the dermis and reduce diffuse redness, making it ideal for rosacea sufferers. Laser Genesis also stimulates collagen formation, which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and give the skin a healthy glow. With Laser Genesis, there is no downtime and no commitment.  

  • To Get Rid of Acne Scars: Fractional CO2 Laser 

Acne scars are a hideous reminder of acne's wrath on your skin. Pimples are terrible enough, but when they turn into a scar, you know you've got a problem. Acne scars are notoriously difficult to conceal, and they can detract from your lovely brown eyes and plump lips. This laser works best on deep acne scars that are pitted and challenging to conceal. This facial laser creates tiny holes in the deepest layer of the skin to promote collagen synthesis and fill in regions of tissue loss caused by acne scars.

  • To get rid of Broken Blood Vessels: Pulsed Dye Laser

You'll choose to use a vascular laser, such as a pulsed dye laser, to remove broken blood vessels and capillaries from your face. These lasers use yellow light to gently heat the skin and damage blood vessels while leaving the rest of the skin unaffected. The good news is that pulsed dye lasers don't require pain medication and have no recovery period. 

  • Instead of Facelift, Fraxel!

The Fraxel Laser is a serious powerhouse in the complexion rejuvenation field and may be best recognised in pop culture as Kim Kardashian's go-to laser. The Fraxel laser is the best in class for wrinkle reduction, crow's feet treatment, sun damage elimination, and general skin rejuvenation. Yes, Fraxel requires some downtime, but after a few days of looking sunburned, your skin will appear ten years younger, tighter, and thoroughly revitalised.

  • For Removing sun damage: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Brown patches from too much sun can ultimately detract from beautiful skin. We're not talking about a magnetic scattering of freckles here; we're talking about the jagged traces of pigmentation left by the sun on your skin. IPL (also known as Laser Photo Rejuvenation) is a great way to get rid of those pesky wrinkles. This treatment targets melanin in dark patches. They flake off after a few days, revealing flawlessly even and beautiful skin.

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

The skin is exposed to brief laser pulses of high energy light in this process. The light energy is absorbed by water and chromophores (substances) in the skin, where it changes into heat energy that destroys the sections of skin, layer by layer. This is then let to heal. As the new skin grows, it replaces the damaged skin removed during the laser treatment.

Who can ideally get Laser Skin Resurfacing done?

This treatment is effective for patients with:

  • Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Uneven skin
  • Surplus hair growth
  • Pigmentation
  • Facial scars
  • Brown spots
  • Age spots

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing effective?

 Laser resurfacing helps reduce fine wrinkles. It can help improve your complexion and treat loss of skin tone if you have scars or sun damage. Although excessive or sagging skin cannot be healed with laser resurfacing.

What is the cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

This treatment is now available from a broad spectrum of healthcare providers, with prices ranging from INR 3,000 to 12,000 each sitting. However, prices vary greatly, depending not only on the region being treated and the number of sessions required but also on the experience and qualifications of the individual doing the treatment. Apart from the treating clinician's skill, the cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing is determined by the procedure, body sections, and equipment used. And this is the most crucial component.

What are the side effects of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

  • Itching, swelling, and redness: Itchy, puffy, and red skin may result from treatment. The redness could be severe and linger for several months. Redness can be caused by the aggravation of an existing skin disorder, such as rosacea.
  • Acne: Applying thick lotions and bandages to your face after treatment can aggravate acne or cause tiny white bumps (milia) to appear on your treated skin.
  • Infection: A bacterial, viral, or fungal infection can result from ablative laser resurfacing. In most instances, the herpes virus is already present in the skin, but it is dormant.
  • Scarring: Permanent scarring is a possibility with ablative laser resurfacing.

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