Profractional Laser Resurfacing
For those wanting a greater improvement than HALO, Profractional laser resurfacing can achieve a dramatic improvement in wrinkles and skin texture with only or two treatments.
Profractional laser resurfacing – Q & A:
Profractional laser resurfacing Improves wrinkles by removing the top layer of the skin. This causes the growth of new skin cells and stimulates the skin to produce new collagen, with the new skin being tighter, having fewer wrinkles and having a more uniform youthful appearance
By far the commonest area treated with Profractional laser resurfacing is around the mouth, but other areas on the face, such as lines around the outer eyelids and cheeks can also be treated.
Most patients only require one treatment, although occasionally a second treatment is required, depending on the amount of improvement you are after
The improvement gained with Profractional laser resurfacing lasts many years. However, you will continue to age and develop more wrinkles with time, especially if you spend a lot of time in the run or smoke.
For the best result no sun tanning or direct sun exposure should occur for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment, and apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to the treatment area. A medical grade skin regime is required for all treatments for one month before Profractional laser resurfacing to prepare the skin for treatment, enhance treatment results and lower the risks of post-treatment complications
After Profractional laser resurfacing you need to avoid significant sun exposure for at least one month to minimise the chance of pigmentation change in the skin after the procedure – this is easier in the winter months.
During the first week after Profractional laser resurfacing you need to rest and take things quietly at home. Initially there will be dressings applied to the area, and these need to be cleaned regularly. If the dressings come loose, which can happen with dressings around the mouth because of movement, the treated area needs to be cleaned and have antiseptic ointment applied a few times a day.
Most people can return to work and sport by 7-10 days, although the skin stays red for weeks – you need to apply makeup to disguise this. It is important to wear sunscreen and avoid significant sun exposure for at least one month after Profractional laser resurfacing to minimise the chance of pigmentation change after the procedure. Medical grade skin care both before and afterwards will also minimise this risk and help achieve the best possible result.
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