Laser Resurfacing Collagen Remodeling for wrinkle Reduction

Ablative laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses laser beams to remove the upper layers of the skin to expose newer looking skin. A wand-like instrument is used for the procedure, and the technique is also known as laser peeling. Given that the technique uses laser, the doctor can have a complete control on the treatment, which reduces the complications.

Why opt for laser resurfacing for sagging skin?

Ablative laser resurfacing has proved to be a great technique for reducing and removing wrinkles, while also improving the appearance. The procedure involves removing the top layer of the skin in thin layers and heating the layers underneath, which promotes collagen production. The doctor may suggest an antiviral medication for avoiding the risks, before starting the procedure.

Things to know

Typically, laser resurfacing for sagging skin is completed as an outpatient procedure and takes around two hours. The skin is usually numbed prior to the procedure, and the doctor will dress the area after completion. The healing time usually takes 10 to 21 days, depending on many aspects.

What are the possible risks?

As with medical and cosmetic procedures, there are a few risks, which can be reduced when the case has been undertaken by an experienced doctor. The risks include -

  • Pain and swelling
  • Limited bleeding
  • Crusting and scarring
  • Discoloration
  • Bacterial infection

What are the costs?

Generally, laser resurfacing is taken as a cosmetic procedure, and hence, insurance doesn’t cover the same. The costs are dependent on the location of the procedure and the size of the treatment area, among other factors.

Preparing for the procedure

The doctor will conduct a physical exam and oversee the medical history of the patient. The doctor will also discuss the expectations and risks with the patient, and will also address all possible concerns. Patients should typically follow the below –

  • Mention any possible vulnerability to cold sores and other kinds of blisters, as the procedure can trigger the same.
  • Avoid medicines that interfere with blood clotting, including Vitamin E and aspirin
  • Quit smoking for at least two weeks, both before and after the procedure.

What to expect after the procedure?

After the technique has been completed, the treatment area will be bandaged. The patient will have to do the following, based on doctor’s recommendation –

  • Clean the area after 24 hours. Further, daily cleaning is need for four to five times.
  • Use an ointment to avoid scabs, like petroleum jelly.

After effects of the procedure

Patients may expect to see some of the following effects on the treated area after the procedure –

  • Swelling for 24-48 hours
  • Stinging or itching for up to 72 hours
  • Skin peeling after five to seven days

After the skin has healed completely, the following must be adhered to

  • Only oil-free makeup must be used for next two months
  • Direct sun exposure should be avoided, and sunscreen should be used.
  • Ensure skin is well-moisturized at all times.

Talk to your doctor for any possible concerns that you may have!