Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Lasers and Light devices like IPL, when used on the, skin, can improve skin tone, texture and convert aging, sun damaged or scarred skin into a radiant younger skin type.
This treatment can be used to remove or reduce fine facial wrinkles, acne or other scars, improve skin tone and sun damaged pigmented skin. These treatments can also help with skin conditions like Melasma, Actinic Keratosis, Age Spots or Sun spots.
There are two basic types of laser skin resurfacing. The first is Ablative Laser resurfacing , which is once again divided into non-fractional or continuous pulse ablation and fraction laser skin ablation. The second type is Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing.
The difference between Continuous Pulse Laser Skin Resurfacing and Fractional Laser Resurfacing is that, the former was a very high energy treatment that was associated with a downtime of severe redness and tenderness that lasted several weeks. Whereas Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a clever concept where instead of the single laser beam of continuous lasers the beam is split up into hundreds of microbeams, or microcolumns, leaving behind tiny islands of normal skin. The fractionation of the laser beam allows for shorter downtime and lesser risk of redness, prolonged tenderness and other complications.
Non Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing is a much gentler process where the skin surface is heated up with the laser or light device, without destroying it. It is used to stimulate your skin collagen production to fill up wrinkles, fine lines and other textural problems.
There are two types of Laser Light that are used to resurface the skin. CO2 Laser uses light or energy of 10600 nm (nano meter) wavelength, the Erbium YAG Laser uses energy or light of 2940 nm wavelength. When used by an expert practitioner or Cosmetic Surgeon, equal results can be had from either.
Both these techniques can be used to achieve similar results in terms of skin improvement, but the Erbium YAG laser might take more treatment sessions compared to the CO2 laser. The recovery from the Erbium YAG laser is quicker and associated with less tenderness, redness and flaking compared to the CO2 laser.
The Fraxel Re:store system provides fractional skin resurfacing using an Erbium Fibre Laser at 1550 nm wavelength, the Fraxel re:pair uses a 10600 nm CO2 fractional system.
The Fraxel Re:store laser uses fractionated Erbium YAG energy, the SmartXide uses CO2 or 10600 nm wavelength laser energy.
There is a great improvement in skin texture, tone and pigment in most patients. The improvement in these parameters, and for fine wrinkles or acne or other scars, relates to the laser energy used, the skin type, the strength and frequency of treatments.
The cost of treatments depends on the system used and the area to be treated. On an average the prices range from £60 - £250 at our clinic. Dr Prashant will be able to give you a better understanding of costs at your consultation.
Depending on skin type, skin issue, device used, 1 – 5 treatments can be required to achieve best results.
With most treatments, you will start seeing the results about 3 – 4 weeks following your treatment.
There is a sensation of heat that is experienced during the treatment. After the treatment you will feel like a sunburn (redness, tightness and tenderness or sensitivity of skin) for a couple of day., There might be a transient darkening of the treated skin that will reduce as the skin exfoliates through a process of light flaking over the first week.
When done by an expert most treatments are associated with very few side effects. But as with any laser technology, the risk of blistering, burns, scars and pigmentation problems exist. These will be explained to you at the consultation and we will do our utmost to prevent these from occurring.
* All prices quoted apply to surgery done at World Class clinic in Mumbai, India and are subject to variation based on prevalent exchange rates.
The cost of treatments depends on the system used and the area to be treated on average the prices range from £60 - £250 at our clinic.
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