Carbon dioxide Laser Resurfacing Treatment
Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing surgery previously had side effects but the latest studies said that the treatment is safe. Patients experience 45% reduction in the wrinkles and in the fine lines. This removes the layers of the damaged skin and gives collagen to the skin. Collagen is the elastic material that helps the skin in maintaining the shape and also fills the wrinkles.
Working of Carbon dioxide Laser Resurfacing:
In this surgery, CO2 lasers utilize continuous light beams and are delivered in the scanning to remove thin skin layers. The damage caused by heat to the structure around the treated area is minimised. Laser resurfacing makes the wrinkles less visible. It vaporizes the skin and stimulates the production of collagen.
Partial laser re-abrasion takes 30-45min and the whole face requires 1 Â½ – 2 hours.
After the Carbon dioxide Laser Resurfacing:
After the surgery, Telfa dressing is given to the patient for 24hrs. Patient cleans the treated areas with saline or dilute vinegar two-five times in a day and then Vaseline or Eucerin is applied. Care should be taken to avoid the formation of scab. It takes 10-21 days for the surgery areas to heal, depends the type of the treatment.
Make-up can be used once the treated areas are healed to cover the pink to red color. Patients are suggested to wear oil free make-ups. It takes 2-3 months for the red color to fade and 6months to disappear.
People with dark skin tones are prone to great risk in healing the dark pigmentation. This can be reduced by using preoperative bleaching agent and should be continued even after the surgery.
Skin care after Carbon dioxide Laser Resurfacing:
Apply sunscreen lotion daily after the surgery is healed. This protects the new laser resurfaced skin. Dermatologists recommend sunscreen lotion, which protects from Ultraviolet-A and Ultraviolet-B rays. A specifically formulated sunscreen lotion with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 is suggested.