Laser skin resurfacing: the essence of the procedure, indications and care after the procedure
Laser resurfacing is effective in:
- Facial scars treatment
- Keloid scars treatment
- Post-acne treatment
- Stitch marks treatment
- Rejuvenation effect achievement
- Pigmentation and freckles removal
- Pores minimizing
How long does the procedure last?
The duration depends on the size of the area being treated. If it is face, you should be ready to allocate 60-90 minutes of your time. Anesthesia is applied before the procedure.
The result is visible after the first procedure. It is recommended to take the course of at least three procedures. The interval between procedures is about four weeks. After the course you will get renewed, healthy and young skin. Rehabilitation period is about 5-7 days.
Contraindications to laser resurfacing:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding period
- Epileptics and allergy sufferers
- Skin inflammations, acne, dermatitis.
How to treat scars after accidents before resurfacing?
Here we consider it appropriate to share the real case and give and show an example of scar removal without surgery and resurfacing in Lviv.
Last year, a woman survived a car accident. Fastened seat belt saved her life. However, the broken windshield literally crashed into his face, leaving terrible scars and even cutting off a little piece of her nose. The woman’s face was mutilated by marks and cuts.
Doctors are well aware of the fact that the older the scar, the harder it is to manipulate and treat. Therefore, in such situations it is extremely important not to waste a single minute and start procedures immediately. Create a little miracle. Actually, that is what we did. And it took only a few months.
Miracle is indeed the proper word to describe this story. When you look at the “before” and “after” photos you can hardly believe your own eyes. On the face, literally reshaped and crossed all over with deep scars, with the wing of the nose cut off, now there are practically no marks of old injuries. You have to make an effort to see the barely visible shadows. By the way, they will disappear soon as well.
There were no scalpels, no surgeries. It worked out. The treatment was complemented with a hardware component that not only allows to correct visible imperfections, but also leads to better face appearance and overall condition.
The author’s signature method is patented and not for sale at the moment.
In any case, the treatment plan is up to the doctor.
How to take care of the skin after laser resurfacing?
In addition to the doctor’s advice, it is mandatory to use sunscreen on the treated areas.
What do you need to know about sunscreen?
- Light skin is most prone to burns, so people of the first and second phototype by Fitzpatrick scale are especially vulnerable to the sun. To prevent sunburn and photoaging, everyone needs to protect themselves from the sun.
- Short UVB rays affect only the epidermis. They are most dangerous during the period of active solar radiation – between 10 am and 4 pm.
- UVA rays, responsible for tanning, penetrate the dermis and damage collagen and elastin fibers. The skin quickly loses its elasticity and resistance, and gets covered with wrinkles.
- UVA rays pass through the clouds, so beware of them whatever the weather. They also pass through the glass.
- Sunscreen products that protect skin from UVA and UVB rays are called broad-spectrum sunscreen.
How to find a broad-spectrum sunscreen?
- By the inscription Broad Spectrum;
- By the mark UVA + UVB
- By the note PA + next to the SPF index. Number of ‘pluses’ after PA = levels of skin protection from UVA rays (from two to four ‘pluses’; four ‘pluses’ is the maximum possible).
SPF (sun protection factor) is a factor of protection against UVB radiation. SPF 15 neutralizes 93% of UVB rays, and SPF 50 – 98%. None of SPF cosmetics can protect the skin from 100% of the rays.
If the skin is very light and there are many moles on the body, it is better to use SPF 50.
Remember that SPF indeci do not sum up. That is, if you apply sunscreen with SPF 30 and foundation with SPF 20, the total protection will be 30, not 50.
- Do not forget to protect your lips from UV light, because they can also be exposed to sunlight.
- Dose – 2 mg per 1 cm2 of skin. On average, this is half a teaspoon for the face and neck or at least two tablespoons for the whole body.
Sunscreen is the final stage of daily skin care, so it should be used after serum and cream. It is important to make sure that the previous products have been fully absorbed and the skin is dry.
All parts of the body that are not protected by clothing and footwear should be covered with sunscreen. Do not forget about the back of the neck, and ears.
Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or after contact with water or heavy sweating.
Sun rays can cause dryness, brittleness and dullness of the hair. In addition, UV radiation is one of the triggers for premature aging and hair loss.
The eyes also need protection, so do not forget about sunglasses.
Each skin type requires an individual selection of care products: dry skin – a classic sunscreen or milk; oily and combined skin will benefit from gel, lotion or fluid that will not leave greasy shine.