Laser resurfacing is the most powerful procedure for a comprehensive treatment of all signs of aging skin. The method is used to smooth medium and deep wrinkles, reduce fine lines, tighten skin, lighten pigmentation, even the complexion, shrink pores and erase scars.
The procedure is performed with a high-tech Er:Yag laser, which emits light that is absorbed by water in the skin. Light passes through the skin in the form of multiple columns and forms channels of thermally disrupted tissue. In this interaction with the skin, a large amount of heat is released, which provokes healing processes. As a result, a dense network of collagen is formed and the skin looks more vibrant, firm and youthful.
Depending on the amount of energy used, the laser settings and the number of treatments per area, laser resurfacing can be presented with two different treatments – laser resurfacing and laser peeling. Both procedures are suitable for men and women. It is recommended to carry out in the autumn-winter season. The maximum effect is visible after a few months, which is directly related to the time for the formation of collagen and elastin in the dermis.
Laser resurfacing is a precise procedure with minimal trauma to the skin. The recovery period is short – 4-5 days, and usually within a week the skin is fully restored.
Laser resurfacing is a laser peel that effectively treats the deepest wrinkles and imperfections on the face. The recovery period is significantly longer. There may be mild to moderate pain immediately after the procedure and for the next few days. Within a week, the face is covered with crusts that fall off, and full recovery is after about a month.
Specially trained and certified doctors guarantee the success of the procedure and its safety for the patient.
Esteline Dermatology Clinic works with high quality equipment of the leading manufacturer of lasers in the field of dermatology and aesthetics Fotona®.
What is the procedure?
Laser peel – Initially, a numbing cream is applied to the areas to be treated. It is necessary to wait about 40 minutes for it to take effect. The entire face is treated with laser 2 to 5 times, separately treating the more pronounced wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. During the treatment, an intense heating to moderate burning sensation is felt, in places like a prickling sensation, which is minimized with a blast of cold air throughout the skin treatment. At the end of the therapy, a soothing epithelizing cream is applied.
The patient wears protective goggles during the entire procedure.
The duration of the procedure itself, without pain relief, is 40 – 50 minutes.
Laser resurfacing – A numbing cream is applied to the entire face, then waited about 40 minutes. The person may be further anaesthetised with local anaesthesia using lidocaine . The cream is then removed and the treatment of the face by zones begins. Each of them is passed through multiple times, using different laser settings, which aims to maximize the exfoliation of the surface epithelium and achieve optimal depth. Sensations are burning and prickling, mild to moderate pain, depending on whether local anesthesia was used or not. The duration of this step is about an hour. A blast of cold air is used throughout to minimize residual pain sensations.
The patient wears protective goggles during the procedure.
The duration of the laser resurfacing is about 90 minutes, not counting the pain relief time.
What are the contraindications and side effects?
Laser resurfacing and resurfacing are contraindicated for bacterial or viral skin infections. Not recommended for pregnant and lactating women, people with hypersensitivity to light and epilepsy.
It is recommended to make them in the autumn-winter season.
They are contraindicated in cases of abnormal scarring and keloids or hyperpigmentation.
Laser peeling – Immediately after the procedure, redness and swelling are observed, which pass within 2-3 days. Within a week after the peel, there may be skin flaking and crusting. Full skin recovery is observed after 7 to 10 days. Slight redness may be observed up to 2-3 weeks after the procedure.
Laser resurfacing – After the procedure, the face is painful and edematous, with bleeding in places that stops within the day. After 2 to 4 days, the face is covered with a brownish crust, which falls off gradually, for about a week. Full skin recovery is observed after about a month.
When does it occur and what is the duration of the effect?
Laser Peel – Approximately 2 months are needed for the skin to form new collagen. The optimal effect of the procedure is observed between the 4th and 6th month. A series of 3-4 treatments is required to achieve maximum results. With proper skin care, the effect can last 3 to 5 years.
Laser resurfacing – Within a month after the procedure, the skin of the face is completely renewed, with a visible improvement in its qualities. Smoothing of deep wrinkles and overall facial firming occur later due to the time needed to synthesize new collagen and elastin in the dermis. The optimal effect is visible after 4 to 6 months. With proper skin care, the effects of resurfacing can last 3 to 5 years.
What is the recommended care after the procedure?
In the first 24 hours after the procedure, the face should not be wet. The patient should use an epithelizing cream regularly until the skin has fully recovered. It is contraindicated to remove scales and crusts by mechanical or other means due to the risk of scar formation. After the procedure, sun exposure should be avoided until the flaking is complete and sunscreen should be strictly used for a minimum of 3 months. Strict compliance with the doctor’s instructions prevents possible complications.
What is the recommended number and frequency of treatments?
Laser peeling – The number of treatments required to achieve the optimal effect is individual and depends on the specific condition. It usually takes 3 or 4 treatments to achieve the desired result. The treatments are done every 4 or 6 weeks, and the skin condition continues to improve for a year afterwards. A follow-up course can be scheduled after 3 or 5 years.
Laser resurfacing – Due to the depth of its action and its strength, with laser resurfacing a satisfactory result is usually achieved after the first procedure. A second procedure can be performed after 6 months. The effect of resurfacing is long lasting and lasts 3 to 5 years.