CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
We use lasers for precise removal of skin layer by layer to improve the skin texture and appearance. During the healing process, the new skin appears tighter, with a younger-looking surface.
What is Laser Resurfacing?
It is a type of facial revitalization procedure which uses a laser to improve the skin texture and appearance. This procedure involves the precise removal of skin layer by layer. During the healing process, the new skin appears tighter, with a younger-looking surface. It can be done with:
- Ablative laser: where the laser removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis) with the growth of new collagen fibers. As the healing process ensues, the treated area appears smoother and tighter. This type of treatment includes carbon dioxide (CO2), erbium laser, and a combination system.
- Non-ablative laser: which stimulates the growth of collagen, which over time helps to improve skin tone and texture. This approach can be done with intense pulsed light (IPL) devices. Non-ablative laser treatment is less effective than ablative laser.
How does the CO2 laser resurfacing work?
As already mentioned, laser skin resurfacing targets the outer layer of skin with simultaneous heating of the underlying layer. This promotes collagen production which helps produce new skin that is smoother in texture and firm to touch.
The newest version of CO2 laser resurfacing (fractionated CO2) uses very short pulsed light energy (Ultrapulse) or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern.
Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Wrinkles or fine lines
- Skin sagging
- Uneven skin tone
- Crow’s feet (little lines spread out from the corners of your eyes) This procedure is not suitable for people with active acne breakouts, stretch marks, or excessive skin sagging. It is recommended that this procedure is carried out during the fall or winter season to help decrease sun exposure which can damage the delicate skin.
What to expect?
It is an Outpatient procedure (no overnight stay). Before the resurfacing procedure, the skin is prepared with a series of treatments done several weeks before the procedure. This is done to minimize the side-effects of the procedure and to increase the skin’s tolerance to the treatments.
The doctor will advise you to avoid taking any medications or supplements like Vitamin E, Aspirin, or Ibuprofen which can affect the clotting process. Smoking should be avoided for 2 weeks before and after the procedure as it prolongs healing. Antibiotics are also started to prevent bacterial infections and antivirals if you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters.
On the day of the procedure, your doctor (Dr. Nisha Jha) will apply a topical anesthetic to the area to be treated. This is done to decrease pain and to make you more comfortable during the procedure. If a large area of skin needs to be treated, the doctor may give you a sedative or painkillers.
This is followed by cleaning the skin to remove any excess oil, dirt, and bacteria. The CO2 laser is moved slowly over the area of the skin to be treated. The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes if only a part of the face is to be treated.
Finally, dressing of the treated area is done to protect the skin. After 24 hours of treatment, the treated area should be cleaned 4 – 5 times a day followed by the application of petroleum jelly ointment to prevent the formation of scabs. Healing usually takes 10 – 21 days, depending upon the condition treated.
Dr Nisha Jha
Dr Nisha Jha who is our clinical laser lead at Renew skin and health clinic. Dr Nisha has keen interest in treating various skin conditions including facial pigmentations including melasma. She is a hair restoration surgeon as well along with Dr Jha and well known in Warwickshire.
She is highly skilled and have substantial experience in various lasers such as CO2, Pulsed Dye laser, Nd-Yag, IPL, Alex laser, Excimer laser Deka Motus and so on to be capable to treat various common and uncommon skin conditions and laser hair reduction.
She has also done many national and international courses in this field to keep up to date with her knowledge and skills. She had worked in NHS for 10 years in various fields including the GP practice.
A broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a physical blocker, such as zinc oxide, and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher should be used. Sunlight exposure should be limited, especially between 10 am to 2 pm. Also, a broad-brimmed hat to protect the skin from harmful sun rays should be used.
Moisturizers like glycolic acid products should be used about 6 weeks after the procedure or when the doctor advises. Once healing has occurred, make-up can be done to hide the pink to red color of the procedure. It takes around 2-6 months for these to disappear. Oil-based make-ups should be avoided.
A dark-skinned person is more likely to get darker pigmentation. This can be minimized by using a bleaching agent before and after the procedure.
Are there any complications of the procedure?
Like any other cosmetic procedures, laser skin resurfacing also may have some complications like:
- Reactivating herpes cold sores
- Bacterial infections
It is normal to have swelling following the procedure. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night to elevate your head and putting an ice pack on the treated area can help reduce swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours.
Where can I get this facility?
You can book your time at our clinic, Renew Skin and Health Clinic in Leamington Spa where you can avoid the long NHS waiting time to see a dermatologist. The procedure is done by our laser lead, Dr. Nisha Jha who has a special interest in laser skin resurfacing treatment. She is a highly qualified doctor who is also trained in various other advanced cosmetic procedures. We provide you with the same-day appointment and at an affordable cost. We have the service available every day.
The cost of the procedure will be explained to you before you book. For further queries, please contact us at our appointment line + 44 1926 422 454 between 9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday).
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Renew Skin and Health Clinic is especially necessary to the public since very few other medical institutions in the country treat these rather delicate medical issues. We emphasize not only the effectiveness of the medical treatment we offer, but also the importance of comfort and the general wellbeing of the patient.
We always take great care to offer treatments which offer the best results. Our trained and certified medical staff are prepard to provide with proper medical treatment and to address various skin blemishes you may have.