Laser Rejuvenation & Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a surgical procedure generally undertaken by those with dermatological issues. The procedure is known to help lessen the effects of the sun, aging, and acne on facial skin. Laser resurfacing and rejuvenation removes the damaged outer layers and stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells in the underlying layers. This may cause the patient to experience smoother, younger and healthier skin. It is also common for this procedure to be done in conjunction with a facelift.

Laser skin rejuvenation and resurfacing is performed using a beam of laser energy which vaporises the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration. In many cases the procedure may have to be replicated on more than one occasion to have the desired effect. Following the procedure it will take several months before the effects are fully realised. Those who have sffered from cold sores will require anti-viral treatment to reduce the risk of permanent scars.

Laser rejuvenation and resurfacing surgery is essentially conducted with the same procedure. Firstly the outer layers of damaged skin are removed by laser to the level where the imperfection disappears. When the imperfections are particularly deep, the consultant will explain that the resurfacing should be conducted in two or more phases. In some cases a bandage may be applied to the treated area to protect the healing skin, whilst in some cases the surgeon may also choose to treat the resurfaced area with vaseline until the healing is complete.

Preparation

Prior to undergoing laser rejuvenating and resurfacing surgery, consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients will be required to avoid using any applications on their skin for a period before the operation. It is also recommended that patients purchase high factor sun block to avoid exposure to the sun following surgery. In general those with fair skin are the best candidates for laser rejuvenation. In preparation of surgery it is highly recommended that patients avoid smoking personally or passively which essentially will promote a quicker recovery period.

After the operation

Following the operation patient's should ensure they are not overly exposed to the sun and to wear sun block to limit damage. Patient's should also relax and avoid physical exertion. If possible avoid smoking post surgery for a period of two weeks.

Recovering from laser rejuvenating and resurfacing surgery

  • Patients should avoid smoking as well as any exposure to passive smoking prior to and after the procedure.
  • After surgery patients will be required to avoid over exposure to the sun.
  • A patient's skin will take some time to fully heal whilst the benefits will be noticeable after a period of time.
  • Some may experience changes in skin pigmentation.

For the large majority of adults who under go laser rejuvenating and resurfacing, the results will be a success with no unforeseen consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risks and complications

  • Those with olive and tanned skin stand an increased risk of skin discoloration
  • Patients with eczema may suffer irritation as a result of surgery.

By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our laser rejuvenating & resurfacing procedures, before embarking on any medical procedur it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.

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Neil R. McLean ( MD FRCS )

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