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CO2 Fractional Laser

In time, the effects of sun damage and environmental pollutants begin to take their toll on our skin and it destroys collagen. These cause the appearance of lines and wrinkles on our faces that lasers can help minimize, particularly those that form around the mouth and eyes.

Lasers are used to improve skin texture and appearance, but they can also be used to remove scars, acne scars, pigmented lesions, vascular lesions and unwanted hair.

Depending on the type of laser and amount of surface skin removed, you may also see a significant improvement in the tightness and firmness of your skin.

We offer three kinds of laser treatments:

CO2 fractional laser:

  • The laser beam is broken up or fractionated into many small micro beams which are separated so that when they strike the skin surface, small areas of the skin between the beams are not hit by the laser.

  • It is used to remove small circles of damaged skin, while leaving surrounding areas untouched.

  • Fractional CO2 lasers, unlike conventional lasers, cause little damage to the top layer of skin.

CO2 laser

  • A very precise beam of energy can be directed onto any part of the skin, including damaged areas.
  • The surgeon vaporizes the upper layers of skin, removing them so that new skin reforms.
  • More suitable for patients with lighter skin tones.
  • It can be used to make mild scarring or burns less noticeable, and also to remove tattoos.

Erbium YAG laser

  • Recommended for patients with darker skin tone.
  • It has a lower chance of prolonged redness and irregular pigmentation.

First, the doctor, or an assistant, will cleanse your face to remove oils from the skin. Antibiotic is then applied to kill bacteria. A beam of light from a microphone-shaped instrument is passed over the skin to vaporize the outer layers of damaged skin.

The laser can be programmed for varied levels of penetration. For superficial or medium laser skin resurfacing effect, laser penetration is limited to the epidermis or the papillary dermis. For deeper laser skin resurfacing, the upper levels of the reticulas dermis can also be removed. To remove deeper scars, spots and wrinkles, your surgeon may choose to penetrate more deeply in some areas. When treating small areas of the skins surface, your surgeon will most likely use a local anaesthetic with or without an oral sedative. For complete facial resurfacing, intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia may be used.

Your procedure will normally be scheduled as a day case. Therefore, you need to arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards.

Recovery time after laser skin resurfacing depends on the depth of penetration of the laser. More extensive work requires a longer recovery. However, laser treatments of skin problems are very precise and cause virtually no bleeding. Aftercare is important but there is rarely any discomfort. Usually it is recommended to take one to two week’s time off from work.

It is also absolutely vital to keep out of the sun and to wear a high factor sun cream for at least six months after skin laser treatment. You also need to avoid making dramatic facial movements during this time.

Skin laser resurfacing carries relatively few risks. There are usually few complications due to the laser therapy itself. However, everyone’s skin responds differently and there is a small risk of burning or marks from the heat of the laser, unwanted scarring, and pigmentation changes - either darkening or lightening of the skin.

 

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