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Laser skin treatment
is a new cosmetic surgery
technique to treat skin problems, in which a surgeon uses a carbon dioxide laser to vaporize the upper layers of skin, removing them so that new skin reforms. The laser is a very precise beam of energy and can be directed onto any part of the skin, including damaged areas.
It is often used on wrinkles and fine lines, particularly around the eyes and mouth. It can be used to make mild scarring or burns less noticeable, and to remove tattoos
. Pulses of laser light can be used to treat port wine stains, acne scars, and spider veins. This form of laser skin treatment is called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy.
Laser skin treatment has similar effects to dermabrasion and chemical peels – it is sometimes referred to as a laser peel
. The technology used is different but the changes that occur in the skin are much the same. The top layers of skin are removed, allowing the underlying dermis to be exposed, generating a new top layer of skin that is softer, smoother, and holds fewer wrinkles.
Laser skin resurfacing
is carried out under local anaesthetic and sedation. The procedure may only take a few minutes, but longer sessions are used to treat the whole face. Recovery time after laser skin resurfacing depends on the depth of penetration of the laser. More extensive work requires a longer recovery. However, laser treatments of skin problems are very precise and cause virtually no bleeding. Aftercare is important but there is rarely any post-procedural discomfort.
If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, this laser skin treatment information guide provides an overview of the procedure and is a good starting point. You then need to discuss your expectations and questions in detail with your doctor or surgeon.