What is CO2 laser rejuvenation
CO2 Laser Rejuvenation
Restoring laser skin in Dr. Hârcea Clinic is a procedure that renews the appearance and texture of the skin. It also corrects uneven pigmentation areas. The result is a fresher and smoother complexion that can help you look younger.
Benefits of Laser rejuvenation.
Patients of all ages can benefit from laser rejuvenation of the skin, also called “Laser Peel”. This treatment improves a variety of conditions, including:
-Fine lines, especially around the eyes
-Vertical lines around the mouth
-Scars caused by surgery or accident, as well as superficial scars such as those caused by acne
-Uneven pigmentation areas such as age spots and sunspots
-The lines and stains on the cheeks caused by the action of the Sun
Possible concomitant procedures.
Often, people undergoing laser rejuvenation treatment choose to follow other facial rejuvenation procedures at the same time, such as facial lifting, eyebroul lifting or eyelid surgery. Inform your surgeon if you intend to follow any other cosmetic procedures in the future.
How to perform the procedure and what equipment we use
For this procedure we use a CO2 laser from Syneron CO2RE the world’s most advanced Co2 laser system. CO2RE, the latest fractional laser technology. This laser is one of the few types of lasers in the world that uses super/Ultrapuls technology. So heat is applied much faster to the skin, increasing the safety of the procedure and decreasing recovery time. CO2RE is the ideal way of rejuvenating the face, increasing the firmness of the skin and correcting all the flaws of your skin. With the new CO2RE the results are remarkable right after the first session! This procedure is carried out in conjunction with the Dermavision and Dermaelite clinics in Cluj-Napoca.
Laser rejuvenation procedures are usually performed in a center of outpatient dermatology or in a surgical clinic. We usually use local anesthesia with anesthetic cream to keep your patients comfortable during the procedure. For more extensive laser rejuvenation treatment, your surgeon may prefer the use of general anesthesia. In that case, you may be admitted to the hospital for a short stay.
Before starting treatment, you will have protective goggles to protect your eyes during the entire procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon travels carefully with the laser activated back and forth over the skin to vaporize the damaged upper layers with high accuracy. When imperfections are profound, the surgeon may recommend that rejuvenation be carried out in two or more stages. As new cells are formed during the healing process, a smoother, tighter, and younger skin surface will appear.
Potential risks and complications
Every year, thousands of men and women follow laser rejuvenation treatments and do not face major complications. However, it is important to be informed about the risks as well as the benefits of these procedures.
One of the most important parts of your examination is the discussion you have with the surgeon, about the possible complications of laser rejuvenation. In addition, listen carefully to what your surgeon tells you, make sure you have asked questions you have about the safety of the procedure.
A few tooth complications possible post rejuvenation laser:
Asymmetric hyperpigmentations or depigmentations
By carefully following the surgeon’s advice and instructions, both before and after surgical intervention, you can do your part to minimize some of the risks.
Accuracy and predictability are the major advantages of this procedure. However, laser rejuvenation is not the only method that plastic surgeons use to replenish the skin of the face. Alternative facial therapies include:
Topical treatment with Tretinoin (Retin-A): An easy treatment of skin refinishing, which involves the regular application of a cream enriched with vitamin A.
Dermabrasion: A more aggressive method aimed at the surface layer of dead skin cells with a motorized brush.
Chemical Peeling: A method of rejuvenation in which a chemical solution is applied to remove the upper layers of the skin, allowing the emergence of a new fresh layer.
Easier redo options offer shorter recovery times. However, they may be repeated several times to achieve results comparable to those obtained by laser rejuvenation. Your plastic surgeon will advise you if one of these methods could be a better option for you.
After the completion of the procedure itself, the surgeon will protect your skin in the course of healing with either a bandage or a protective ointment, depending on your needs. Bandages will have to be changed periodically within the first 10 days. If your doctor uses protective ointment, you will be given an ointment to be used at home during the first week of healing.
It is possible to present a mild to moderate swelling; However, ice packs and medicines prescribed by your surgeon can help you stay at a comfortable level.
Although the healing process varies, you can expect recovery to follow this general calendar:
The first 3 weeks:
The skin will be pink to red. Redness is a positive sign that the healing process progresses and a new layer of collagen is put.
You can safely apply a makeup as a care agent after about two weeks.
Depending on how you feel, you may be able to get back to work.
You’ll start to feel more comfortable.
After one month:
Redness will start to fade and you will begin to appreciate the improved look.
It is important to remember that redness will gradually fade away. Although staining will continue to decrease with each passing week, some pink spots may remain for 3 to 4 months.
In the months following treatment, it is essential to protect your face from the sun until all pigmentation has returned to normal. If you need to stay in the sun, apply a strong sun blocker with an SPF of 30 or more and cover your face with a viewfinder or a wide-edged hat. You also need to wear good quality sunglasses that have filters to block 100 from UVA and UVB rays. If a sun-related pigmentation occurs, your plastic surgeon will suggest using a whitening cream to remove this pigmentation.
Laser Resurfacing FAQs
- What should I know about the outcome that I can get?
If you are like most patients, you will notice a significant improvement in tone and texture of the skin. Many patients report that their fresh and younger complexion makes them feel more confident in the workplace and in social situations.
You should know that while your results will be long-lasting, the ageing process will continue. Following treatment, the natural movements of the face will eventually cause you to remake your expression lines. The use of solar protection methods and a skin care regimen recommended by your surgeon will help you maintain your results. However, some patients decide to repeat the treatment after a few years to restore their rejuvenated appearance.
- How long will I continue the post-procedure visits to the plastic surgeon?
After the initial healing period, you will return to your plastic surgeon’s office for a post-operative monitoring visit so that your healing and progress can be evaluated. In the coming months, the surgeon may ask you to return for periodic checks. It is important that you adhere to these meetings so that your doctor can assess your long-term results and answer your questions or concerns.