Ever wonder how laser resurfacing treatment can help you to get rid of your scars? Perhaps that unsightly acne one? We will share with you your best option.
Scars result from a natural process by which our body remedies wounds of various kinds, which can be caused by trauma or skin problems such as acne.
It is normal that for aesthetics reasons, over time, less visibility may be desired, especially for scars often discovered, such as those of the face.
Over the years, laser technology has constantly improved: today, a lot can be done for scars using various methods, including carbon dioxide laser.
The visibility of blemishes can be reduced to the point that, in some cases, they are almost entirely erased.
How Laser Resurfacing Can Treat Scars
There are different types of laser scar treatment used specifically with other characteristics according to the clinical cases.
- Ablative laser resurfacing:
In this case, the doctor uses the carbon dioxide laser to eliminate the superficial layers of the skin. The laser also penetrates the cell layers beneath the scar, rubbing them to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin.
The effect of these two proteins gives content and elasticity to the skin, which thus regains an aesthetically youthful appearance and less marked by the presence of the scar. It is a technique that requires a certain recovery time.
- Non-ablative laser resurfacing:
This procedure is similar to the previous one but involves only the non-superficial layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
The result requires more sessions, but times and costs are reduced.
- Fractional laser resurfacing:
In this case, the doctor uses the fractional CO2 laser, which emits light for very short intervals of time instead of a continuous beam.
When it emits light, it hits small areas of the skin, “holes” in which the cells have been rubbed or removed, stimulating the body’s reaction.
The body will begin to produce collagen and elastin as a response. At the same time, the presence of healthy skin around the “holes” guarantees the stimulus to produce new skin cells to replace the older ones. The effectiveness of the treatment is also remarkable in this case.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing is a safe medical treatment that improves skin texture. It is one of the most valid methods for rejuvenation and skincare.
The rejuvenation of the face, neck, and décolleté is, in fact, one of the most requested treatments in aesthetic medicine.
In the past, anti-ageing medicine acted on the blemish after it had presented itself, while today, the approach is conservative and preventive.
Thanks to the evolution of the medical aesthetic field, today, we can rejuvenate the face and neck without a scalpel and in a natural way.
From the age of 25, cell turnover begins to slow down, and dead cells remain on the skin longer, making it dull.
It is necessary to stimulate cell turnover and promote the action of fibroblasts to produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
The skin acquires greater firmness, tone and brightness.
The results are in harmony with the patient’s face and natural. This is possible thanks to the treatments suitable for your face. It is possible to stimulate tissue regeneration and slow down ageing.
The Goals Of Laser Resurfacing Are:
- Recover and improve skin function.
- Remove blemishes such as sunspots, vascular hyperpigmentation, impurities, irregularities and acne scars.
- Stimulate the tissue to promote regeneration
Resurfacing is not a standard treatment. It must be adapted according to the type of skin and the patient’s needs.
So, first of all, our medical specialist will start the protocol with a careful analysis of the patient’s face and skin, perform a skin check-up, and, if necessary, do an ultrasound of the tissue.
Best Time To Have Skin Resurfacing Treatment?
You can get this treatment at any time, but the ideal is in late summer because the skin has suffered damage from sun exposure, thickened, stained, and altered sebum production.
If you intervene at the end of the summer, you prepare the skin to face the winter in the best possible way.
There are specific protocols for both young and mature skin to be performed at any age, making Laser Resurfacing a safe and risk-free technique.
What Does The Laser Resurfacing Technique Consist Of?
At The London Keloid Scar Clinic, we believe that scars should be treated with the best option available. We offer some of the world’s best treatments and systems to reduce and even eradicate scars.
We have two different non-surgical options.
1. Laser—ND Yag and factional
2. Intense pulsed light—IPL treatments.
IPL and laser treatments work in very similar ways but are not one-size-fits-all treatments.
Let’s get a little deeper!
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
Is a highly effective treatment for improving the appearance of hypertrophic or keloid scars and reducing the pronunciation, redness, and hardness of many types of scars.
This system work on the same principles of light energy as lasers. The light is absorbed inside target cells of a specific colour (chromophores) present in the skin.
Light energy converted into heat energy causes damage in a specific target area. Pulsed light systems are different from lasers because they offer many wavelengths (or colours) in each pulse of light.
Our IPL systems use filters to refine energy production in the treated area, increasing penetration without excessive energy levels and targeting specific chromophores.
IPL is a non-ablative resurfacing technique. Therefore your upper skin layers won’t be affected.
This technique is not as aggressive as ablative resurfacing, in which both the dermis and epidermis are injured, producing noticeable redness.
The advantage of IPL therapy is its minimal downtime. Patients could undergo the treatment on a lunch break and return to work shortly after.
ND Yag laser treatment
The pulsed emission YAG Laser Therapy allows you to treat all inflammatory states in absolute safety, bringing high energy doses in-depth without causing tissue damage.
Works by reaching more deeply than IPL or other laser treatments to treat hypertrophic and keloid scars.
It acts by suppressing blood circulation in these pathological scars, which form from vein overgrowth.
Laser resurfacing with the ultra-pulsed CO2 laser allows destroying tissues through a photothermolysis process selectively.
Fractional laser therapy uses a CO2 laser to treat parts of the skin’s surface at a time and remove the outer layers of damaged skin.
The possibility offered by the ultra-pulsed CO2 laser to remove layer by layer the thickness of the skin minimises the risks that may arise from an action that is too deep (pigmentation, scars). Precisely for this greater precision regarding the depth of action, the ultra-pulsed CO2 laser has replaced the dermabrasion, minimising risks and reducing healing times.
Laser resurfacing with the ultra-pulsed CO2 laser allows you to eliminate or correct superficial imperfections of the skin of the face such as:
- Acne or other scars
- Senile pigmentations
- Enlarged pores
- Fine wrinkles
Laser resurfacing with ultra-pulsed CO2 can be applied to the whole face (full-face-resurfacing), with a retraction and tightening effect on the skin. Specific areas and can be combined with other areas interventions such as face lifting, blepharoplasty.
This treatment allows for healing in-between treatments and is less ablative than some laser techniques—something our patients here in London who have busy lives will appreciate.
Depending on the device and cooling technology used during the treatment, you may feel a slight prickling or heating sensation on the area of skin treated.
Our Conclusion On Laser Resurfacing Therapy To Treat Scars
After your laser resurfacing treatment, there is no need to take time off work or undergo any recovery time at home. You might experience some redness, swelling, and stinging in the areas treated.
We recommend avoiding sun exposure and harsh chemicals (like swimming pool chlorine) for a few days after your laser treatment.
Your clinician will recommend a treatment course; each session is usually taken around a month apart.
When we see you for your initial consultation, we will estimate how many treatments you need. The number of treatments you will need will depend on your scar’s type, shape, size, colour, and projection.
Laser is a non-surgical option and therefore requires no incisions or stitching.
This is why laser and IPL for scars are becoming one of the preferred treatments that our patients undergo.
It’s fast, convenient and virtually pain-free, leaving you to get on with your day and to watch your scars fade in a matter of a few weeks to a few months.
Once the scars have been faded or eradicated, they will not return, leaving you with smoother, more evenly-toned skin that you will be proud to show off!