It’s winter: time to take off a layer

The term ‘laser skin resurfacing’ is a bit of a misnomer. Although it sounds like you’re adding a layer to damaged skin on the face, it’s actually a safe and effective treatment which removes imperfections (such as fine lines around the eyes or mouth, acne scars, blotches, chicken pox scars and sun-damaged skin) with laser technology.

How does laser skin surfacing work?

The light beam used in the procedure is incredibly precise, measuring a tenth of the diameter of a hair follicle. When applied to the face, it penetrates to the deeper levels of the skin in order to stimulate the production of younger, smoother skin. Unlike other treatments of its kind, laser skin resurfacing is highly recommended for those who don’t want to have to worry about side-effects, such as discomfort, bleeding and bruising.

What happens during treatment?

You’ll be required to arrive an hour before the procedure time, in order to receive an application of a topical numbing cream and give it enough time to work. The estimated length of one session of treatment runs between 45 minutes and an hour, and the number of treatments depends on the condition of the skin: sun damage and brown spots usually take four treatments, and acne scarring removal takes an average of five treatments – which are spaced in intervals between three and six weeks apart.

What happens after treatment?

Healing from laser skin resurfacing takes up to a week – or at least, you won’t be able to use make-up for that amount of time. You may feel a slight prickly heat sensation at the end of each procedure, but this soon passes.

For more information on laser skin resurfacing – and to get in touch with a professional practitioner – please consult our laser skin resurfacing page to find out more about this highly effective rejuvenating treatment.

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