Years of sun damage, stress and time can leave your skin in need of rejuvenation. The Laser treatment offers an advanced laser restoration that uses the skin’s own responses to revitalize itself and stimulate the production of collagen. Laser treatment can be ablative or non ablative. Ablative Laser (CO2) is more powerful but requires longer recovery time, as it removes the outer layers of skin. Non ablative (Fraxel) has a minimal downtime but may require multiple treatments.
What does it treat?
Laser treatment helps to:
- minimize fine lines, particularly around the eyes
- improve the skin’s texture and tone
- reduce acne scars
- clear pigmentation: age spots and sun damage
How does it work?
Laser penetrates the dermis with thousands of microscopic thermal columns. These channels affect a small portion of the skin leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This treatment is what causes the unaffected areas to trigger the rapid healing response stimulating the production of collagen and new skin cells, helping improve the skin’s texture.
How many treatments are involved?
Each individual is different; however, clinical studies suggest 1 treatment for ablative Laser (CO2) or 3-5 treatments for non-ablative Laser ( Fraxel™), spaced at 2-4 weeks apart. Depending on your skin’s condition and your personal time constraints, the treatments can be tailored to suit your lifestyle and needs. Results are immediate, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2-3 months. This is the time it takes for complete healing and the production of new collagen.
What can I expect during a Laser treatment?
Laser treatments take approximately 30 minutes. The level of discomfort varies between patients. One hour prior to the procedure, a local anaesthetic is applied to the area and a chilled air cooler is used during treatment to reduce discomfort. The sensation can best be described as an increased feeling of heat. Immediately following the procedure, the area is treated with cold compresses.
After the Laser Treatment?
During the first 24 hours after treatment, your skin will feel sunburned. It will range from slightly pink to red and hot. This will resolve itself and can be covered with a mineral makeup. Swelling may also occur but it is minimal and will clear within a day to 2 weeks, depending on the level of treatment. Over the next week the skin will bronze and then flake and exfoliate naturally. The sensation of dryness and flaking can be reduced by using a neutral moisturizer.
Sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher twice a day is very important. Direct sun should be avoided during the healing process and for at least 3 months following the treatment. A good skin care regime and the continued use of a daily sunscreen will help to maintain the results of your Fraxel™.
Is Laser complimentary to other treatments?
Laser can be used as primary treatment or as a complementary method to enhance a good skin regime. Cost-effective packages are available to optimize the results you are after.