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Introduction to resurfacing
Laser resurfacing is a method used to treat a plethora of concerns and conditions. Because there are different intensities that the machine is capable of delivering, it can be used for both skin rejuvenation, and more dramatic changes to scars and burns.
What is laser treatment?
Using a CO2, fractional laser, Dr Patel can deliver pulses to the skin, which help remove dead skin cells and promote cell renewal. Due to the heat energy caused during treatment, the device also stimulates collagen production, to help firm up the skin, but also break down scar tissue and improve movement for those having a higher-setting treatment.
There are three different settings on the CO2 laser:
The ACTIVE FX hand-piece targets surface imperfections and pigmentation on the skin. It is much broader than the other hand-pieces, working more superficially when removing fragments of the skin. By targeting the top layer of the skin it can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pore size. Treatment with ACTIVE FX can also achieve skin tightening.
When set to DEEP FX The hand-piece produces a pulse that penetrates deeper into the lower part of the skin. This stimulates collagen production to help improve the appearance of damaged or scarred skin.
Considerably more powerful than other Laser treatments CO2 settings, SCAAR FX utilises a much stronger laser energy that targets significantly deeper into the skin tissue. It improves the range of motion whilst also improving the appearance of scarring.
TOTAL FX treatment combines both ACTIVE and DEEP FX in the same session. It is the ultimate treatment for severe scarring or damaged skin, which completely resurfaces the skin.
How many session will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
For more superficial treatments, patient may have resurfacing treatment 6 months apart, and will on average need 2-3 sessions of treatment. If a higher setting is used, patients usually have just the one session. For scars skin and burns, the patient may need several sessions, depending on the desired result. If the skin scars are raised or red in colour, other treatments may be advised in combination with the CO2.
Alternatively, PHI Clinic provides Erbium Yag laser treatment for resurfacing. The Erbium Yag laser is similar to the CO2 laser, but is theoretically milder. It is often combined with the CO2 laser to give patients optimum results. It is important to note that the laser can be used on all skin types; the settings will simply be adjusted to suit the individual’s needs.
Am I a suitable candidate?
As mentioned, the CO2 can be used for many different indications. A suitable candidate will be someone who is looking for fresher, younger-looking skin, or someone who has burns or scars and wishes to reduce their appearance and regain movement. All skin types can be treated with the CO2.
Who will perform the treatment?
This is a Doctor led treatment and will only be performed by Dr Tapan Patel & Dr Benji Dhillon. They specialise both in treating patients of colour, and in scar treatment.
What areas can be treated?
The device can be used on most areas of the body.
Is there any downtime?
Because of the ablative nature of the laser treatment, patients should expect a downtime of 3-14 days after treatment. Patients are required to arrive at least 90 minutes before their treatment time so that anaesthetic can be applied. It is crucial that patients do not have exposure to the sun for 6 months after treatment, without using sun protection.
How long after Laser Resurfacing can make up be applied
Typically 7 – 10 days however, it does depend on the extent of the treatment you have had. Please be sure to double check with your Doctor.