Laser Resurfacing in Kelowna
Lasers are medical devices that produce high-energy, focused beams of intense, “single-coloured” light and heat that have been found – through ongoing research and extensive clinical experience – to selectively interact, in very useful ways, upon various tissues within the skin and body. The amount and distribution of energy in laser light is more precisely delivered – over mechanical application of a scalpel or topical chemicals – to treat many aesthetic and medical conditions successfully.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic technique that directs laser energy at the skin to effectively minimize wrinkles around various facial areas, even out skin tone, and erase coloured blemishes. The laser works by removing the skin’s outer layer and goes into the papillary dermis. This action sparks the skin’s natural healing process, producing collagen, which gives skin its elasticity and youthful glow.
There are a variety of techniques available today that enable facial plastic surgeons to treat a wider range of skin problems than ever before.
Laser Removal of Birthmarks and Skin Lesions
Port-wine stain birthmarks respond remarkably well to laser treatment. The abnormal blood vessels that cause these marks are reduced in size by the laser. This results in a lightening of the treated area. Skin growths, facial “spider veins,” warts, and some tattoos respond to laser surgery. Most situations take more than one laser treatment, but some respond to a single treatment.
The facial plastic surgeon often uses the minimum laser intensity possible. The low intensity requires many treatments. However, the low intensity also preserves as much healthy tissue as possible. This produces an aesthetically pleasing result. Many of these laser surgeries are outpatient treatments in hospitals or offices.
Process of Laser Resurfacing
The best laser surgery method depends on individual needs and a doctor’s assessment.
Depending on the procedure, Dr. C. Bakala may use local anesthetics to numb the treatment area before the procedure. Because safety is a major component of laser use, Dr. C. Bakala will describe safety precautions before the surgery. This will include the patient following all pre-operative and post-operative information closely. If a patient has Laser Resurfacing or a Microlaser Peel, they should expect to take time off work for recovery.
What to Expect After Laser Surgery
After the surgery, you may experience swelling and skin redness for several days (depending on the procedure and laser used). Antibiotic ointments may be used during the healing process. The patient needs to follow all the post–operative directions of the surgeon, particularly in using sunblock and avoiding sun exposure. *
The full impact of the laser may not be apparent for a month or two, especially with vascular deformities. Additional treatment sessions will not be scheduled until the healing process for a particular treatment is complete.
The patient should understand that lasers have specific applications. The facial plastic surgeon is experienced in using the laser and is the best source of information on whether laser surgery is appropriate for your condition.
Who Can Be a Candidate for Laser Resurfacing?
Typically, ideal candidates for laser resurfacing are those who:
- Have fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, or on the entire face.
- Have sun-damaged skin.
- Have skin irregularities like blemishes, acne scars, or age spots.
- Do not have active skin infections or certain medical conditions.
- Are non-smokers or are willing to quit before and during the recovery process.
Benefits of Laser Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing offers a myriad of benefits:
- Removes old, damaged skin to reveal fresher skin underneath.
- Smoothens fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth.
- Reduces or eliminates sun spots, age spots, and other pigmentation irregularities.
- Can reduce the appearance of acne or other scars.
- Stimulates collagen production, which can result in tighter skin.
- Provides a more uniform skin tone and texture.
- Laser resurfacing is less invasive than surgical methods, and has a shorter recovery time.
Is It Painful?
While the sensation varies among individuals, most describe it as a slight burning or tingling sensation. The use of local anesthetics makes the procedure more comfortable.
How Long Does the Effect Last?
The effects of laser skin resurfacing can last for years, but it greatly depends on how one takes care of their skin post-procedure.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The number of sessions varies depending on the individual’s skin condition and desired results. Some may see desired improvements after a single session, while others may require multiple sessions, especially for deeper scars or wrinkles.
Constant technological advances lead to even more applications for future generations of lasers. Dr. C Bakala will be happy to discuss them with you.
Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. *Information from the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery website.
Please visit the Sciton Laser Website for further information about the laser and procedures at www.sciton.com.
If you’re considering improving your skin condition but are uncertain about treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. C Bakala. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. C. Bakala, combines extensive practical experience with deep surgical and medical insight, ensuring you receive guidance on the most suitable facial treatments and laser options tailored for you. Contact us in Kelowna today!
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