Currently, laser resurfacing is one of the most efficient methods of improving facial scarring that has happened as a result of injury or earlier surgery, and is known in the industry in being particularly effective at treating conditions usually regarded as ‘stubborn’ like acne scarring.
Our highly trained doctors & nurses will recommend a tailored treatment to best fit your needs, from wrinkles and fine lines to warts and enlarged oil glands on the nose.Book consultation
Our clinicians are highly experienced in laser resurfacing services. As part of our growth, PHI Clinic conducts doctor training days on a regular basis where our experts discuss their learning and strive to enhance their skills and knowledge to continue to help our patients with the highest grade of laser resurfacing procedures.
Laser resurfacing is a method used to treat a plethora of concerns and conditions. Because there are different intensities that the resurfacing machine is capable of delivering, it can be used for ‘small’ problems like skin rejuvenation, as well as bigger and more dramatic treatments to scars and burns. Using a CO2, fractional laser, our practitioners can deliver concentrated pulses of light to the skin, removing the top layer or layers, which makes wrinkles and lines fade away. During the healing process, new skin emerges, which appears taut and smoother, leading to an overall healthier and refreshed appearance.
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 by vaporising damaged skin cells.
Conditions treated with Laser Resurfacing
Acne scars treatments are regarded as cosmetic in Britain, and are largely unavailable on the NHS. It is estimated that 80% of people aged 11-30 will be affected by acne, mainly coming into fruition during puberty and pregnancy due to changes in hormones. When the acne has subsided, sometimes the scars from spots or picking can remain, leaving crater-like dimples or lumps and b...Read on Book consultation
Wrinkles around the eyes, also known as crow’s feet or ‘smile lines’, are one of the first signs of ageing, often being the first wrinkles to appear. As we age, the body stops producing collagen (which keeps skin supple and firm) and elastin (which helps skin ‘bounce back’ after making facial expressions), meaning repetitive facial expressions like laughing and squ...Read on Book consultation
Forehead lines, vertical furrows across the forehead, are caused by the frontalis muscle. As the eyebrows are raised, this muscle contracts to cause wrinkles above the brow. A variety of factors can make these wrinkles worse, including genetics, age, and smoking.... Read on Book consultation
There are special cells (melanocytes) in the skin that make melanin, a pigment that affects the colour of skin.
When these special cells are damaged or unhealthy, melanin production is affected; some disorders affect the entire body, whereas others just affect patches of skin. High levels of melanin cause darker skin, low levels cause lighter skin, and total or partial lack of melanin re...Read on Book consultation
Injuries, surgery, burns, and scalds can cause scars on anywhere on your body, which can understandably affect self-confidence, as scar tissue can be unsightly.
Where tissue has been damaged, the body produces collagen over the course of around 3 months to help mend the area, which causes the wound to become raised and red as part of the healing process. After this time, it starts to bre...Read on Book consultation
Skin tags are small, usually flesh-coloured, growths that start as a flattened bumps, then grow to hang from surrounding skin on a small stalk, called a peduncle. Skin tags are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin, so they tend to bleed when they get cut or caught on jewellery or clothes. They mostly occur in areas where skin folds or creases, like...Read on Book consultation
Frequently Asked Questions
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 scarred 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.
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.
This is a Doctor led treatment and will only be performed by Dr Tapan Patel or one of his hand selected team of doctors, who specialise in both treating patients of colour, and in scar treatment.
The device can be used on most areas of the body.
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 without sun protection for 6 months after treatment.
Before and after Laser Resurfacing treatment
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Press & Media
"It's a random attack. I don't know them and they've done this to me. Forty seconds or a minute of them doing that has left me with a lifetime of injuries."
'It’s about knowing what’s right for you. And I challenge anyone not to say my face has improved.
Following the news that Dr Tapan Patel would like to help him with his scarring, Dr Dawn Harper and self esteem expert Natasha Devon take viewers' calls.