Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments Glasgow
We only offer Fully Ablative laser skin resurfacing in Glasgow at Ever Clinic, the only clinic in Scotland to do so. A similar but more common and milder treatment is Fractional Laser Resurfacing (C02RE being the most common), which unlike Fully Ablative that is completed in one session, requires three or more sessions for a far less stunning result. Here at Ever Clinic, we provide industry-leading laser skin resurfacing in Glasgow. Dr Cormac is one of the few laser surgeons worldwide who has the knowledge and the experience to offer fully ablative laser skin resurfacing and has performed countless cases.
This facial laser surgical procedure is performed under a special type of local anaesthetic. Treatment of skin laxity and wrinkles around the eyes can also be incorporated into the treatment. Dr Cormac is capable of performing what few others worldwide are capable of. The level of skin rejuvenation is simply outstanding.
The greatest benefit of this procedure is that the results are permanent. Once healing is complete the skin you are left with is your new skin. The procedure doesn’t have to be repeated like other cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox, or indeed Fractional Resurfacing. As long as the patient takes good care of their skin, results will last for many years before the need to consider doing anything further.
We’re always happy to welcome new patients to our clinic from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and overseas. Watch our video on this page where Doctor Cormac explains in more detail the benefits of Fully Ablative Resurfacing.
What happens during a laser resurfacing treatment?
You will have a consultation with Dr Cormac to make sure that the treatment for laser resurfacing in Glasgow is suitable for you. If all is ok, a time and date will be scheduled for the procedure. During the consultation, Dr Cormac will issue you with a prescription for prophylaxis medications. These medications are to be used as instructed during the immediate post-procedure period. Taking these medications minimises the risk of harmful side effects such as infection following this type of aggressive skin laser surgery.
Before laser skin resurfacing in Glasgow takes place, Dr Cormac will confirm your understanding of the procedure and aftercare, answer any final questions, and then ask you to sign a consent form. Antiviral tablets will then be administered and a sedative offered. Pre-procedure photos will be taken and the face will then be cleansed and prepared with a special type of topical, local anaesthetic gel. From time to time, additional anaesthetic techniques such as tumescent anaesthesia or nerve blocks may be used which involve small injections of local anaesthetic under the skin. The anaesthetic preparation will last approx 45 mins.
You will now be moved into the procedure room and fully prepared for the laser procedure. If you are only receiving facial treatment then adhesive eye-shields that stick over your eyes will be applied. If treatment around the eye area is to be performed then you will have already had anaesthetic eye drops applied and metal contact lens style eye-shields will be inserted. In most cases, patients who opt for full face treatment will want to incorporate the benefits of eyelid treatment as well and they can both be performed in the same session.
The laser skin resurfacing treatment takes place lasting approx 45 mins.
Laser Resurfacing Glasgow – what does it do?
Laser resurfacing is a facial laser surgical treatment performed under a special type of local anaesthetic to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities such as blemishes or acne scars.
The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. Treatment of skin laxity and wrinkles around the eyes can also be incorporated into the treatment.
LASER RESURFACING IS DIFFERENT FROM FRACTIONAL RESURFACING WHICH IS A MUCH MORE COMMON, AND MILDER TREATMENT.
Is laser resurfacing safe for pigmentation?
Laser resurfacing is one of the most advanced treatments for removing pigmentation on the skin such as age spots, sun spots and freckles. It is performed in order to: completely renew facial skin, tighten the skin to help reduce the consequences of laxity, remove wrinkles and improve elasticity and skin thickness.
What laser is best for wrinkles?
Erbium and CO2 fully ablative lasers as used by Dr Cormac are the best lasers to treat wrinkles. They promote collagen remodelling making them popular for treating fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity and age spots.
Is laser treatment safe for the face?
Laser skin resurfacing is safe for the face as long as the Doctor performing the treatment has the knowledge and experience to offer the procedure, and they use the appropriate laser. Laser skin resurfacing may help your skin look younger and healthier if ageing, acne or too much time in the sun has left your face with blotches, scars, wrinkles or lines.
How long do laser resurfacing results last?
Dr Cormac will provide you with the necessary skin care routine to ensure you get the maximum time from the benefits of the treatment.
How long does it take to recover from laser skin resurfacing?
This is an aggressive medical procedure. Recovery, and regrowth of the epidermis will take some time.
Following completion of the procedure the patient’’s face will feel very hot. It is best described as a sunburn sensation. This burning sensation will last for up to 24 hours before settling. The skin will continue to heal day by day and after 9 – 10 days most patient’s can return to work. There will be some ongoing redness that will take a few weeks, or sometimes months, to settle.
Recovery is monitored by daily ‘selfies’, with additional contact on an as required basis.
Is laser treatment for the face painful?
What laser resurfacing treatment feels like depends on the laser, the depth and area of treatment and an individual’s tolerance to pain. The level of discomfort experienced during the procedure is typically a prickly burning sensation that usually can reach up to a 5 out of 10 subjective severity. We have never encountered anyone who has been unable to cope with the procedure from a pain or discomfort point of view. Pain or discomfort from this type of laser surgery is best described as moderate at the most.
What are the side effects of laser resurfacing treatment?
Fully ablative resurfacing is the most aggressive type of skin resurfacing procedure Dr Cormac performs. Because of the level of expertise however, the incidence of side effects is low. With any laser resurfacing treatment, complications are possible and in fully ablative laser these include the following;
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (skin darkening)
Although more common on darker skin types, this is the most common side effect. If the aftercare instructions are strictly adhered to, you are more likely to avoid this type of complication. If you do suffer from skin darkening as a result of laser resurfacing, it will usually spontaneously improve; however it can be expedited by the addition of topical treatment which we will advise on. Depending on the severity of the initial inflammation, it can take anything from a few weeks to 6 months to completely disappear. Sun exposure is the most common aggravating factor and this is why strict sun avoidance is important in the first few weeks.
True Hypopigmentation and Pseudo-Hypopigmentation (skin lightening)
True hypopigmentation occurs when there has been damage to melanin producing cells following the laser treatment. This is rare with fully ablative resurfacing as the new skin is repopulated with new melanin producing cells from the deeper structures of the skin. If True Hypopigmentation occurs, it can take many months to recover and can indeed be permanent.
Pseudo-Hypopigmentation is not actually hypopigmentation, rather is an apparent skin lightening that we appreciate due to the light reflection form newly formed collagen. This typically reduces as the new melanin is produced following (hopefully) cautious sun exposure.
If only part of your face is treated with laser resurfacing, the new skin may be subtly different in shade to the surrounding skin, leading to a visible line of demarcation between treated and untreated areas. Although less likely in lighter skin types, we usually prefer to avoid part treatment for this reason and prefer to treat the whole face. It is important to note that if lighter, freckled skin is part treated there will also be a demarcation between untreated freckled skin and treated freckle free skin.
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