Non-invasive Cosmetic Procedure
Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing can be used to treat the effects of sun damage and ageing of the face, by reducing wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and rough skin. It also slightly tightens the skin. It is moderately effective in treating shallow facial scars, such as those caused by acne, and certain early skin cancers, where the aesthetic result is particularly important.Although dermabrasion and chemical peeling have been used in treating lines and wrinkles for many years, C02 laser treatment offers more precision and can prove more effective for certain conditions. Small areas can undergo treatment only requiring local anaesthetic cream or injection. Intravenous sedation can he given by an anaesthetist to supplement this or, if the patient prefers, a full general anaesthetic when the whole face is to be treated.
After treatment the skin is raw and maybe covered with ointment or a dressing. Healing takes from 7 to 10 days, leaving the new skin red but this usually fades in two to six months. During this time camouﬂage make-up can be used, but exposure to the sun must be avoided. Slight changes in skin pigmentation may occur and any darkening can be treated although this does tend to resolve itself without intervention. Long term lightening is also a possibility and cold sores may be reactivated but preventative measures can be taken. Scarring of normal skin is rare.