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Skin Resurfacing

The prospect of laser skin resurfacing treatment to reverse the effects of sun damage, scarring and ageing with comfort and convenience for the patient has an irresistible appeal.

Laser resurfacing is ideal for clients with following imperfections:

  • Skin damaged through sun exposure
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Rough skin texture
  • Post-traumatic and acne scarring
  • Skin laxity

Before resurfacing

After 4 treatments

Traditional skin resurfacing methods treat the entire skin’s surface removing the upper layers of skin to reveal the fresher more youthful skin beneath.

Fractional laser resurfacing only treats part of the skin leaving uninjured skin areas around the treatment site that act as a barrier. The result is a treatment that is more comfortable and requires less downtime than traditional resurfacing, enabling a more rapid return to daily routine.

By offering both Er Yag and CO2 lasers in traditional and fractional modes, Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic can truly recommend the treatment that is best suited to you. Although both modes are available, we usually recommend the more advanced fractional laser resurfacing technique, as it can achieve similar results to traditional laser resurfacing with fewer side effects and less downtime.

The Er Yag 2940nm fractional laser is recommended for superficial and medium skin resurfacing with maximal penetration depths of 200um (0.20mm) and downtime of approximately 2-3 days. It is also the laser of choice for skin resurfacing in darker skin types.

The CO2 10,600nm fractional laser is recommended for both superficial, medium and deep skin resurfacing with maximal penetration depths of 750um (0.75mm) Downtime ranges from 7-10 days. It is the laser of choice for lighter skin types with more severe imperfections.

The safe and effective use of these high powered lasers is complex and often taxing for the most experienced laser physician. Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All skin resurfacing procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners. To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

How does the treatment work?

Fractional Skin Resurfacing

Fractional laser resurfacing only treats part of the skin leaving uninjured skin around the treatment site that acts as a barrier promoting quicker healing and faster recovery. Both fractional Er:Yag and CO2 lasers uses a matrix of microscopic laser beams each the size of a human hair to drill into the skin leaving much of the surrounding skin undisturbed. Because nearby cells are not damaged they are able to move into the microscopic injured area and promote rapid healing. The stimulation of a healing response leads to the formation of new collagen in the treated area. In addition to this ‘ablative’ effect on the skin’s surface, there is a ‘tightening’ effect on collateral collagen fibres and a resulting smoothing effect.

The Er:Yag 2940nm fractional laser is recommended for superficial and medium skin resurfacing with maximal penetration depths of 200 um (0.20mm) and downtime of approximately 2-3 days. It is also the laser of choice for skin resurfacing in darker skin types.

The CO2 10,600nm fractional laser is recommended for both superficial, medium and deep skin resurfacing with maximal penetration depths of 750um (0.75mm) Downtime ranges from 7-10 days. It is the laser of choice for lighter skin types with more severe imperfections.

Traditional Skin Resurfacing

Both traditional Er:Yag and CO2 lasers treat the entire skin’s surface removing the upper layers of skin to reveal the fresher more youthful skin beneath. Due to the need to commit to 10-14 days of intensive wound care, weeks of post-operative redness and risks of pigment change, fractional laser resurfacing is becoming a more popular choice.

What other methods are available?

Deep peels almost always result in redness of the skin lasting several months and are sometimes complicated by eventual lightening of the skin.

Dermabrasion is technically difficult and can result in altered pigment and scarring if the depth of skin penetration is too deep.

Are there any side effects?

Er:Yag Fractional Skin Resurfacing

Heat build up occurs in the skin during the procedure and is managed with cold air gently directed over the epidermis. Redness of the skin usually occurs and lasts one to three days. (Make-up can be applied the following day). Expect very mild peeling to take place over the first week. Unlike traditional skin resurfacing, blistering and crusting does not usually occur for several days following the procedure. Dryness of the skin is treated using petroleum jelly, forming a seal that prevents further water loss. There is a very small risk of pigment change and scarring following treatment.

CO2 Fractional Skin Resurfacing

Immediately after treatment, most patients will experience redness (erythema) of the skin for 1-3 days, however for more aggressive treatments this may last longer. Slight to moderate swelling (oedema) and a mild to moderate sunburn sensation are also common post treatment and may last 1-3 days. After the second day, skin will appear as an exaggerated tan. Skin will begin to flake at 5-7 days. For more aggressive treatments vinegar soaks are prescribed morning and evening to aid cleansing of the skin.

Immediately following the procedure, dryness of the skin is treated using petroleum jelly, forming a seal that prevents further water loss. Petroleum jelly is reapplied by the client 3-4 times daily for 3-4 days.
Sun exposure is avoided for 3 months.

Traditional Skin Resurfacing

Post-operative care aims to keep the raw resurfaced skin moist, allowing quick regrowth of the epidermis. Open wound healing is recommended using occlusive ointments. Frequent applications and frequent washing with warm tap water keeps the wound clean as it heals. Mild to moderate pain post traditional resurfacing is expected. Itching may occur, crusting should not be picked off and healing is mainly complete at 7–10 days. Following the initial phase the skin often remains pink. Make-up is applied after 2 weeks; sun exposure is avoided for three months. Complications include post-operative redness and itching, darkening of the skin (post-op hyperpigmentation) lasting on average 3 to 4 months and permanent lightening of the skin (hypopigmentation).

Can all areas of the body be treated and does skin colour make a difference?

All areas of the body can be treated with fractional skin resurfacing but it should be emphasized that these techniques work best on facial skin.

The Er:Yag 2940nm fractional laser treatment is suitable for all types of skin colour, except dark skinned African (Fitzpatrick V1).

The CO2 10600nm fractional laser is suitable for lighter skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-111). Traditional resurfacing is not recommended for darker skin types due to the risk of lightening of the skin.

What are the costs likely to be?

The initial consultation is offered free of charge with no obligation to undergo treatment. Costs vary depending on the area being treated. Prices start from £150 per session.

How many treatments are needed?

For skin resurfacing utilizing the Er:Yag 2940nm fractional laser we usually recommend a series of 2-4 treatment sessions performed at monthly intervals.

For skin resurfacing utilizing the CO2 10,600nm fractional laser we usually recommend 1-2 treatment sessions performed at monthly intervals.

Is laser treatment safe?

There is no evidence to suggest whatsoever that laser treatment can be linked to skin disorders or increased risk of skin cancer. We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

Our lasers are cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have full CE clearance for Europe.

The initial consultation is free of charge with no obligation to undergo treatment. Costs vary depending on the area treated.

PRICE PER SESSION: Fractional Skin Resurfacing C02 10,600nm
Full face £1000
Around Eyes £450
Around Mouth £450

 

PRICE PER SESSION: Fractional Skin Resurfacing Er Yag 2940nm
Full face £450
Neck £300
Around Eyes £250
 Under Eyes £200

Please Note: Prices quoted are per session and are an approximate guide only. If you require a more accurate pricing prior to consultation, please contact us directly.

Although laser treatment may seem expensive, one must bear in mind the enormous acquisition and maintenance costs of the laser devices.

My skin is smooth and clear of blemishes. The procedure was virtually pain free and results almost immediate.

Deborah from London

Excellent results with minimal downtime.A clear reduction in lines and wrinkles and no side effects at all. I'll be back for more!

Anon
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