Laser Facial Resurfacing

Author: Dr. Oreste Di Mattei Di Matteo

Date: 21/11/2019

Laser facial resurfacing
 is a latest generation treatment that has gained more and more support because it is:

  • effective
  • practical
  • quick

Laser Facial Resurfacing and Aesthetic Medicine
Laser facial resurfacing is one of the most important innovations in aesthetic medicine.
In fact, with this unique treatment, it is possible to obtain results that were almost unimagined until very recently.
When it comes to laser facial resurfacing, we are therefore referring to a range of treatments that are specific to many aesthetic problems; what exactly is laser facial resurfacing? And how useful is it for the aesthetics of the face?

Laser facial resurfacing: what is it?
The word "laser" indicates a system of light amplification via the emission of appropriate radiation. The laser is therefore a wavelength of light, which, when directed on the skin, can have, as we said before, positive effects, provided that it is of course handled with due care.
Due to its characteristics, the laser can be used both on large skin surfaces and on very small surfaces, as is typical, for example, on the face.

Ablative and non-ablative lasers
Although there are countless types of aesthetic lasers, at least as a purpose of treatment there are 2 distinct variants from a purely technical point of view, which correspond exactly to:

  • Ablative lasers, which act on the skin, with a vaporisation of the upper layers of the skin, thus carrying out a sort of peeling procedure.
  • Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, act differently, not targeting the most superficial part of the skin, but rather by acting deeper below the surface, without harming the top layer.

Depending on the patient's needs, it is therefore possible to choose between the two types of treatment.

Laser therapy: not only wrinkles, the removal of unwanted hair
First and foremost, laser treatments have established themselves as the solution to hair removal. These beams of light, in fact, make it possible to eliminate permanently or semi-permanently unwanted hair on any part of the body. Laser hair removal  is considered a true point of reference for resolving this imperfection and for getting rid of unsightly hair.
Through quick and painless treatments, perfectly smooth skin can thus be restored. Treatment includes a series of sessions so that the result is permanent, but today it is not uncommon for treatment to guarantee excellent results in a single session.

Laser Facial Resurfacing. Aesthetic Medicine Treatments
It would be a mistake, today, to consider any facial skin defect, such as a scar or a blemish, perhaps due to acne, as unbeatable: the technological quality of the laser has reached such a level that it is possible to treat such blemishes quickly and in general with few risks.

The most requested treatments are:

  • Treatment of capillaries. Another widespread purpose for which laser treatments are used is the treatment of capillaries, i.e. the small blood vessels that become visible on the surface under certain conditions.
  • Treatment of scars. As mentioned above, laser facial resurfacing can also be an excellent solution in the elimination of scars, regardless of the original cause of these imperfections (acne, injury or other) Until recently, facial scars could only be partially tackled, and only in some cases were the results completely permanent. From this point of view, laser facials have represented a sort of "revolutionary" solution, allowing even the most difficult scars to be removed from the skin of the face with quick and painless treatments. For this particular type of treatment, a fractional laser is generally used, a type of non-ablative laser with specific technical characteristics for this purpose in mind.
  • Treatment of blemishes.  Fractional lasers are also used to combat other types of skin surface defects, such as skin blemishes.
  • Treatment of wrinkles. We must not forget that laser facial treatments can also offer a valuable anti-ageing effect, for skin rejuvenation.
  • Tattoo removal. Among the most recent applications of lasers in the field of aesthetic medicine is also the possibility of removing tattoos, although it is quite rare, of course, that a procedure of this type might be performed on the face.

Laser Facial Resurfacing: Contraindications
The contraindications on the use of laser facial treatments are rather general, among which the most frequent are:

  • tanned skin (natural or artificial tan)
  • skin colour
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • immunocompromised patients
  • heart disease
  • infectious diseases
  • drugs: anticoagulants and photosensitisers

Laser Facial Resurfacing: Side Effects
In general, laser treatments are quick and practical, with few undesired effects, the most common of which are:

  • redness
  • slight irritation
  • itching

These effects are all temporary and occur within a very short period of time.

Laser Facial Resurfacing: Only Quality Aesthetic Medicine Centres
It is essential that only specialised centres, i.e. accredited professionals, are used.
As we have seen, these are treatments that require:

  • a high level of knowledge
  • the use of state-of-the-art technological instruments
  • highly accredited aesthetic medicine centres

Before undergoing facial laser treatment, the choice of the professional and the centre is therefore the key to the success of the treatment.

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