What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
There are a few common types of laser used for resurfacing and these can either be ablative or non-ablative. The non-ablative, like our Erbium Glass laser, do not burn skin away and have relatively few side effects and very little down time in comparison with the ablative.
Over multiple sessions, the aim is to gradually see improved appearance of skin concerns and texture to the skin surface. Wrinkles should reduce in depth and length and the skin should feel tighter. The treatment can also be used to treat scarring.
This treatment produces subtle results to be used in combination with other treatments such as injectables.
How do fat laser skin resurfacing work?
The wavelength of light produced by the laser is absorbed by water in the tissue. The heat produced by this interaction damages the dermis in otherwise healthy skin. This encourages a healing response and collagen production/remodelling.
How popular is this treatment?
For general signs of aging, where a subtle change is required, many of our patients choose Er Glass as part of their treatment plan.
For scar treatment, its preferred by many due to it being less invasive in comparison to surgery or injectable treatment.
What areas can be treated?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Pore refinement
- Skin tightening
What happens during my consultation?
We will take a brief medical history and look at the areas of concern. If appropriate a test patch will be performed.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
Eye protection will be provided along with verbal advice. In most cases a local anaesthetic cream will be applied before treatment to increase comfort.
Usually only a brief sensation of heat is felt during each shot and following treatment the area will be cooled.
How long do the results of laser skin resurfacing last?
This varies by skin type, lifestyle and the areas to be treated. During a consultation and assessment, more specific, individual based advice will be given.
What’s the aftercare advice?
Written and verbal post treatment advice will be provided.
Simple cooling as mentioned followed by sun protection cream and advice to avoid extremes of temperature and sun exposure.
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
Even those with darker skin tones may have this treatment.
There are some medications and certain diseases that contraindicate this treatment and would be identified during a consultation.
Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
As mentioned above, the reduction in fine lines and improvement of skin texture to name but a few benefits. Certain scars can be treated with this type of laser with improvement in colour and texture of the affected area.
Yes swelling and bruising is common. Bruising is certain. This usually resolves within a few weeks. Your practitioner can give guidance on when to treat around holidays and special occasions.