The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It covers the entire bony framework of the body. In other words, it is the most visible part of the human body. We often get judged by the appearance of our skin. As we grow older, our skin becomes subjected to the aging process and other skin abnormalities (pardon my use of this word – for lack of a better word). No one actually wants their skin to age or get wrinkled up and this is made evident by the ever growing billion dollar cosmetic industry. It always looks as though nature tends to prevail in the end.
In treating these skin irregularities, laser surgery has proven to stand out among the other methods of laser treatment for skin. The surgery makes use of a laser light to help remove dead or diseased skin tissues and for treating of bleeding blood vessels. The surgery is generally referred to as laser resurfacing and has been used to treat different skin abnormalities since its discovery. If you have ever seen a laser in operation, you’ll agree that it is a light beam that can be used to focus on tiny areas. In operation it directs short pulsating beams (light) at the area to be treated and removes the skin, layer by layer. I know at this stage you’ll have lots of question running through your mind on this treatment type.
How do I know I am a perfect candidate for this treatment?
If you have any type of skin blemish or irregularity, this is one question I know will be going through your mind. Take a mirror close to yourself and check for these signs that will be highlighted here. With your mirror in hand, check if you have wrinkles on your forehead, around your eyes or mouth, scars that were left on your skin because of a previous acne experience. To help you further understand, the technique is not recommended for people with active acne, those with dark skins, and cannot be used to remove stretch marks (please refer to other methods for this). Just like any other medical procedure, ensure you consult with a specialist on skin treatment before undergoing a laser resurfacing.
How long does the treatment last for?
Relax your mind on this question. Laser resurfacing may be a medical procedure but it certainly does not take very long. That means you don’t need to stay in the hospital overnight for the procedure. Although the length of time of the procedure varies with the specific type of resurfacing you intend to carry out, it usually does not take as long as you think. If you are considering doing treatment for just certain areas of your face, the entire procedure should last for about 30-45minutes (yes, it is that short). A full face treatment on the other hand may take up to 2 hours to perform. This is to be expected since a larger area of the face is to be covered.
After the treatment what next?
Usually the doctor will bandage the treated area after the procedure. You’ll need to clean the treated area for about 4 to 5 times a day, starting from 24 hours after the laser treatment procedure. Then to prevent any intending scabs from forming, you’ll have to apply some prescribed ointments. You definitely will experience some swelling after the procedure and the entire area will heal in 10 to 21 days. Think of it as a little discomfort to have a new, glowing skin.
How much does the skin treatment cost?
I know by now you’ll be curious to know the cost of this surgery. The truth is, the cost varies from one doctor to another and also the city in which one plans to take the laser resurfacing in. You would also want to take the expertise and qualification of the doctor into consideration. On the average, laser treatment for skin cost between $1000 and $2500. A proper consultation with your doctor will put your mind at ease.