Laser Resurfacing Melbourne
Discover Laser Resurfacing Melbourne and Its Benefits
Laser resurfacing is a common procedure at the Dr Lanzer clinic. With laser resurfacing Melbourne, patients are able to regain their youthful appearance and increase their self-esteem and confidence. To learn more about laser resurfacing and its benefits, please refer to the detailed information below.
When Is Laser Resurfacing Used?
Laser resurfacing procedures can be used on specific problem areas on the face, neck, chest and hands. The treatment is most commonly used for the removal of wrinkles, tightening of the skin, fix problems with pigmentation, smooth rough skin, reduce the appearance of scars and treat early forms of skin cancer.
Are There Different Types of Laser Resurfacing Melbourne?
A laser resurfacing Melbourne treatment can be executed with different types of lasers, more specifically the ablative and non-ablative laser. Common lasers used during skin resurfacing procedures that fall under these categories are the Erbium laser, Carbon Dioxide laser and Fraxel laser.
An ablative laser is used to remove the surface layer of the skin, also referred to as the epidermis. The removal of the epidermis is done in a controlled manner and enables the dermis to come forward. In addition to the removal of the epidermis, treatment with an ablative laser will also stimulate collagen creation in the dermis (the layer of skin underneath the epidermis). During the recovery process, after the execution of a laser resurfacing Melbourne treatment, new skin will form without the abnormalities and wrinkles that were bothering the patient.
The non-ablative laser is also an option for laser resurfacing treatment. It is also the more common option used by cosmetic surgeons in Australia. The ablative laser will not destroy the epidermis, but will target the dermis directly. An ablative laser will heat up the dermis and encourage the creation of new skin. Treatment with an ablative laser will also stimulate the creation of collagen in the dermis.
What Are the Alternative Treatments to Laser Resurfacing?
There are some alternatives to skin resurfacing, both surgical and non-surgical. One of the alternatives for skin resurfacing is the chemical peel, which can tackle dead skin cells and remove certain layers of the skin. Another option is dermabrasion, a treatment similar to skin resurfacing.
When you are considering a chemical peel as an alternative treatment, it is important to realise that not all chemical peels will give you the results you want. An effective chemical peel needs to contain glycolic acid and must be executed at a licensed dermatologist or at a recognised cosmetic surgery facility.
Another alternative to skin resurfacing is dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a procedure where the outer layer of the skin is removed with a rotating surgical instrument. Dermabrasion is a popular procedure for acne scars and superficial skin growths.
What Will Happen During My Skin Resurfacing Procedure?
During a skin resurfacing procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will go over the treatment area with a laser beam. The surgeon executing your procedure always has full control over the laser, which includes where the laser meets the skin and how deep the laser can penetrate the skin. Once the procedure has been executed, the cosmetic surgeon may apply some ointment or a dressing to the treatment area.
What Can I Expect after a Skin Resurfacing Procedure?
Patients who had their skin resurfacing procedure with a local anaesthetic may experience some numbness for several hours after the procedure. Feeling will return gradually; this is completely normal for cosmetic procedures that have been executed under a local anaesthetic.
Skin resurfacing procedures can also be executed under general anaesthetic. The use of general anaesthetic depends on the size of the treatment area and the patient who is having the procedure done. Patients who had their treatment under general anaesthetic will have a different recovery process than patients who had the treatment with local anaesthetic.
Patients who had general anaesthetic will need to rest until the anaesthetic has worn off. Most patients will get the time to recover at the clinic until they feel ready to go home. When you have general anaesthetic for your laser resurfacing Melbourne procedure, it is recommended to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
The effects of a general anaesthetic usually dissipate within 24 hours. During this time, it is advised not to drive, drink alcohol or operate heavy machinery. It is also important to avoid making important decisions during this time, since general anaesthetic can affect your ability to think clearly.
How Long Until My Skin Heals?
The skin usually needs ten days to heal completely, although patients may experience some minor redness up to six months. That being said, redness of the skin can be easily covered with specialised makeup, which is available at the Dr Lanzer clinic and our Medi Day Spa.
Most patients will experience some minor discomfort after the procedure, which can easily be tackled by some over-the-counter pain medication such as paracetamol. If you are in doubt about your pain medication, do not hesitate to contact the Dr Lanzer clinic for some advice.
Dr Lanzer may also give the patient some antibiotics to prevent infections after the skin resurfacing procedure. Patients should also avoid the sun until the redness on their skin has disappeared. If patients cannot avoid the sun, it is recommended to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25 and with protection against ultraviolet A and B. Patients should keep on wearing this sunscreen up to a year after the treatment.
What Side-Effects Can I Expect from Skin Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing is accompanied with little side-effects, considering the less invasive nature of the treatment. The amount of side-effects you experience will also depend on the type of laser that was used during your skin resurfacing treatment. For example, the ablative laser will cause more side-effects than a non-ablative laser.
The only side-effects patients tend to experience after a skin resurfacing procedure is some minor swelling, crusting and skin redness. Symptoms such as swelling and crusting usually dissipate quite quickly, but skin redness may last up to six months.
Can There Be Complications from Skin Resurfacing?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there can be complications from a skin resurfacing procedure. However, complications from a skin resurfacing procedure are quite uncommon, considering the high standards that are in place for cosmetic procedures in Australia.
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All photographs represent one person’s experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.