Laser skin resurfacing still remains the most effective treatment for improving overall skin quality and stimulation of collagen. In Queensland, this type of treatment can only be performed by a Doctor with the appropriate level of training and laser licensing.
Dr. Scott offers laser skin resurfacing in Newstead using Pearl Fusion – a new combination laser treatment consisting of Pearl Fractional (fractional ablative technology) and Pearl Resurfacing (full epidermal renewal). Pearl Fusion is a new generation laser technology that can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, pigmentation and other skin blemishes in a single treatment.
Treatment of the entire face is completed in as little as 30 minutes. Five to seven days after the procedure, the skin will begin to peel and shed. Results continue to improve over the course of 3-6 months. Most patients will only require one treatment.
- Step one
The first step of Pearl Fusion – Pearl Resurfacing (full epidermal renewal). The top layer of the skin (epidermis) is treated with pulses of light. This removes sun damage and brown spots on the surface of the skin. The laser simultaneously sends heat to the deeper layers of skin to stimulate collagen. This new collagen reduces the appearance of fine lines on the forehead, cheeks and around the eyes and mouth.
- Step two
The second step of Pearl Fusion – Pearl Fractional (fractional ablative technology). The Pearl Fractional laser uses energy to create tiny holes deep in the skin. The process sends heat to deeper layers of the skin to promote new collagen growth and skin renewal.
- After treatment
Immediately after treatment, a natural dressing forms on the skin to protect the treated area and promote healing. On day 3 or 4, this natural dressing will peel or slough off, revealing new, smooth, fresh skin underneath. Following treatment there is a significant improvement in sun damage as well as other skin imperfections such as wrinkles, acne scarring, volume loss and skin laxity.
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Generally only one treatment is required. However, patients with deep acne scars or wrinkles may opt to have a second treatment to improve results further.
Patients will be welcomed to the clinic and have a topical numbing gel applied to the treatment area. They will be provided with oral pain medication to ensure that the treatment is as comfortable as possible. The laser resurfacing procedure will be provided by Dr. Scott, a Cosmetic Physician with extensive experience in ablative laser. After the treatment a post-procedure balm and the patient will be picked up from a clinic by a friend or family member. The whole experience in clinic will be around 2 hours, but the procedure itself is only 30 minutes.
Following laser resurfacing there will be approximately 7 days of social down time. With social down time you can continue your usual activities, but you may not wish to attend work or social activities as your face will be red and flaky. It is generally advised that patients rest at home for at least the first few days. During the recovery patients are encouraged to perform regular vinegar soaks and apply post-procedure balm at home. Following this first week the face will have a beautiful new skin layer with improved complexion, however there may be some mild redness for the first month after treatment.
As with any medical procedure, there are possible risks to consider. All patients will have some bleeding and swelling immediately after the procedure in the area treated. The skin will be red and flaky for the next week as the skin heals and new collagen is laid down. There can be some discomfort and ‘tight’ feeling to the skin during this time. Very rarely and infection can occur that requires antibiotics. There is a risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in the area treated – this risk is higher in darker skin individuals.
This treatment can be performed in men or women to improve skin quality & texture, correct uneven pigmentation, improve acne scars, increase collagen production and improve wrinkles. However as it is an ablative laser treatment it cannot be used in patients with darker skin tones due to the increased risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A safer alternative in these patients is Laser Genesis.
The most important aspects of aftercare following Laser Skin Resurfacing is performing regular vinegar soaks, applying the post-procedure balm and staying out of the sun. More comprehensive Aftercare Instructions will be provided at the initial consultation.