Laser Resurfacing

General Description Laser Skin Resurfacing of {the} Eyelids and Face

  • Aging of {the} skin is one of {the} most obvious and cosmetically apparent changes that happens as we grow older. The process of skin ageing is accelerated by excessive exposure to sunlight, hereditary and lifestyle factors such as nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking. These, along with other conditions like pregnancy and birth control pills result in wrinkles or pigmentary lesions of {the} skin such as scars, blotches, brown spots or even precancerous skin lesions. Ageing of skin could be aptly dealt with Laser Skin Resurfacing, which is a very safe and effective technique to improve your skin by reducing {the} amount and severity of facial and eyelid wrinkles, while also correcting minor skin flaws with precision and surety.

 

Skin Resurfacing 

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing is considered one of {the} finest developments in skin health and rejuvenation techniques. It has found numerous takers because of its safety, low risk profile, consistency, shorter recovery period and exceptional cosmetic results. It has been effectively used in treating wrinkles, blotchiness or age spots, and scars from pimples or precancerous lesions of {the} skin.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing involves injuring layers of your skin using laser beams in such a way that subsequent healing of {the} microscopic burns produces scarring within underlying collagen tissues, thereby resulting in skin tightening, changes in skin colour and texture. It is usually done under anaesthesia.

Who are {the} best candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing is not for everyone! Some of {the} best candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing of {the} eyelids or face include those with:
  • Facial skin wrinkled due to age or other cause
  • Liver spots or age spots (solar lentigines)
  • Facial skin damaged by excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Awkwardly placed wrinkles around {the} mouth
  • "Crow's feet" lines around {the} eyes
  • Fine lines around {the} mouth or forehead
  • Laxity of skin around lower eyelids
  • Fine wrinkles around upper eyelids
  • Blemishes, brown spots or blotchiness of skin
  • Shallow pimple or chicken pox scars
  • Injury-induced superficial scars
  • Some precancerous skin lesions

Laser Skin Resurfacing is best avoided for treatment of stretch marks or if you are prone to acne, suffering from acne, or have a very dark skin.

Difference between Types of Lasers, Results and Ideal Patients

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing is usually done with a 2940 nm Er:YAG laser or a 10,600 nm CO2 laser, which vaporize skin cells causing it to heal by controlled scar formation.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing Laser Skin Resurfacing of {the} Eyelids and Face

  • The originally complete laser resurfacing was done using CO2 laser in {the} 1990’s. Since then, it has been used to manage various skin conditions, such as wrinkles, scars, warts, enlarged sebaceous glands of {the} face and nose, lentigo simplex, seborrheic keratitis, small syringomas, epidermal melisma and dermatochalasis.
  • Fractional resurfacing using CO2 laser is {the} latest incarnation of this popular laser treatment technique and uses ultra-short laser beams in a scanning pattern that helps skin remodelling with very little damage. It has a short recovery period and shows excellent results within two to three weeks.

Er:YAG Laser Resurfacing Laser Skin Resurfacing of {the} Eyelids and Face

  • Erbium laser resurfacing helps in removing surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on {the} face, hands, neck, or chest. It is also associated with minimal burning of surrounding tissues. With fewer side effects and a quicker recovery period, it is preferred for those seeking faster results for superficial lesions. It can also be used for darker-skinned individuals.

Skin Anatomy

  • The skin offers protection to all {the} body organs making it prone to damage from {the} sun, dirt, chemicals in {the} atmosphere and strong wind.
  • Overtime, {the} skin changes and there is a reduction of collagen which then leads to formation of deep lines and wrinkles moderately around {the} eyes and mouth.
  • Laser resurfacing treatment takes advantage of {the} ability of {the} human skin to rejuvenate and grow new skin.

 

  • Realistic Expectations after Laser Skin Resurfacing

    • Laser resurfacing of {the} skin is not without risks! It is only rational to clarify {the} risks involved with your cosmetic surgeon or skin specialist before {the} procedure.
    • Resurfacing small, pin-pointed areas lasts about 30 to 45 minutes and might require just a local anaesthetic, while resurfacing larger areas of {the} face might require up to 2 hours under general anaesthesia. Although laser skin resurfacing is known to produce good results, it might be less than pleasant experience for some patients with itching, stinging, swelling, discoloured skin and {the} frequent application of gooey ointment or jelly for about 3 to 4 days. Redness of skin could even last for up to 6 months after {the} procedure.
    • It is mandatory to wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 30+ to prevent further damage to your skin after {the} procedure.

    Risks involved in Laser Skin Resurfacing

    A perfect skin might not be {the} goal of a person undergoing skin resurfacing, but disfigurement or scarring is not {the} end result that he or she seeks. Laser skin resurfacing carries {the} following risks:

    • Burns or other thermal injuries
    • Excessive scarring and disfigurement
    • Alterations in skin pigmentation rendering random areas of darker or lighter skin
    • Herpes cold sores could be reactivated
    • Bacterial infection is a potential risk that requires serious thought
    • Milia is commonly seen after laser treatment

    Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing  of {the} Eyelids and Face

    The cost of laser skin resurfacing varies widely depending on {the} type of procedure, {the} place of {the} surgery, and {the} surgeon handling {the} case.
  • The cost for laser skin resurfacing varies by geographic region and by {the} extent to lasering
 Laser resurfacing procedure

  • Preparation for {the} procedure is essential for best results. Prior to laser resurfacing procedure, {the} doctor advises on medication and supplement which should not be taken which could affect blood clotting at least for about 10 days before {the} procedure. Medication such as ibuprofen, Aspirin and vitamin E are among those to be avoided.
  • The doctor could prescribe change of lifestyle such as to quit smoking prior to laser resurfacing procedure to facilitate quick healing. To prevent bacterial infection antibiotics are prescribed to create conducive environment for {the} procedure.
  • Laser resurfacing involves directing of short pulsating beams of light on {the} skin with damages. The top layer of {the} skin pees off leaving {the} lower pink surface. The treated area is bandaged and cleaned 4-5 times a day. The doctor could give anesthesia or sedate you to ease {the} discomfort. A full face treatment could be given or specific areas affected by fine lines which includes {the} area around {the} eyes and mouth and {the} forehead. There are two common technologies of laser resurfacing;

     

Procedures
Copyright © 1997-2017 EyePlastics.com. All rights reserved.