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WHAT IS IT
Laser resurfacing involves using a highly concentrated beam of light to resurface the outermost layers of the skin. There are two types of laser resurfacing: ablative (wounding) laser resurfacing and non-ablative (non-wounding) laser resurfacing. The first type, ablative laser resurfacing is also called wounding laser resurfacing as it actually damages the top layers of your skin to remove dead, dry skin cells and promote the growth of healthy skin cells in their place. Non-ablative laser resurfacing, also known as non-wounding laser resurfacing, is named so as it does not remove any layers of the skin but simply penetrates deep into the lower levels of the dermis to promote collagen production and cell regeneration. Some specific types of laser resurfacing combine the two methods to produce the greatest impact on the skin.
What to Expect:
A technician will use a hand held instrument, or computer controlled device to administer the laser treatment. Before the procedure the patient’s skin is properly cleaned and eye protective wear is applied to prevent any damage from occurring to the eyes. The laser treatment is then administered, lasting between 30 minutes to 2 hours, based upon the extent of treatment needed and the type of laser being used. While most laser resurfacing treatments do not require the use of an anesthetic, patients who are concerned about their comfort during the treatment can elect to have a topical anesthetic applied before the treatment. These treatments are not recommended for individuals with acne or open wounds on their face. Patients should wait for all sore to completely heal before undergoing laser resurfacing therapy.
Which areas can I target?
- Removal of deep wrinkles & lines from the forehead, lip and eye area*.
- Disappearance of acne scars, melasma and hyperpigmentation*.
- Excellent results on surgical scars, burn scarring and stretch marks*.
- Pore size reduction, stimulated collagen and an even skin tone
How many treatments will you need?
Most patients see the best results with 1 to 5 Fraxel treatments.
WHAT IS IT
Melasma is a common skin condition, stimulated by estrogen. It causes grey-brown patches, usually found on the face such as cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. It can also appear on other parts of the body such as the forearms and neck. Common factors include pregnancy, birth control, hormone imbalances, stress, and prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Although the condition is much more common in women, it may also uncommonly affect men. Melasma can be classified as epidermal, dermal, or mixed subtypes based on the distribution of excess melanin within the cutaneous layers.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
It is important to note that some treatments such as IPL and overly aggressive treatments can worsen the condition. At Revita Skin Clinic, we offer laser resurfacing combined with proper home care to treat clients with Melasma.
Clients should expect a rubber band snapping sensation on the area treated during the laser treatment. Swelling and redness are common post-treatment for up to 24-48 hours. Clients are strongly encouraged to apply sun protection and take all further precautions when exposed to sunlight. Treatments are done a month apart and can take anywhere from 15-45 min depending on the size of the area treated.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL YOU NEED?
We recommend booking a complimentary assessment to determine an appropriate treatment plan.