Skin resurfacing with the fractional CO2 laser treatment

CO2 laser treatment is now offered by consultant plastic surgeon Mr Jag Chana. This treatment is the latest and most advanced technology in skin rejuvenation using the CO2 laser.

What is fractional skin laser resurfacing?

This technique works by directing a matrix of laser spots on to the skin, of varying intensity, which resurfaces the skin and also encourages new collagen growth in the deeper layers of the skin. The advantage is enhanced recovery times with fewer risks compared to standard CO2 lasers. 

Who is suitable for this treatment?

This technique is proven in improving skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun damage and acne scarring.

It is also suitable for complementing facial surgery such as lower blepharoplasty where the skin tightening effects can be used to avoid skin removal in some cases. This is called a laser blepharoplasty.

Many patients may be undergoing other facial  procedures such as facelift surgery and this technique can be used at the same time to treat lines and wrinkles around the mouth, for example.

Mr Chana often uses laser to complement his facial surgery. Many patients having facelift surgery opt to have laser skin resurfacing to provide the final touch in improving the overall complexion as part of their facial rejuvenation. 

What happens during the procedure?

For mild skin treatments a topical anaesthetic cream is all that is needed. The procedure is carried out as a day case treatment which means you go home straight after the treatment. For deeper treatments which may be used for deep lines, wrinkles or scars a local anaesthetic injection may be required with some sedation. Your eyes will be covered during the treatment and there is minimal discomfort.

What is the aftercare?

Immediately after the treatment there is a sensation like a sunburn which can be easily treated with mild painkillers and soothing cream. 

Some dead skin will gently peel off during the first seven to 10 days.

A topical cream will be provided to be used daily during the recovery period and the necessary appointments for follow up are made to check progress following the treatment.

What is the recovery?

The recovery period is approximately two weeks for mild treatments. For deeper treatments there may be some mild redness of the skin following the initial two weeks which may last for another couple of weeks but this can be easily covered with mineral make up.

The CO2 laser treatment for skin resurfacing is avaible with consultant plastic surgeon Mr Jag Chana at Spire Bushey Hospital.

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