Laser resurfacing of the skin is used to treat skin problems caused by aging and sun exposure :

  • wrinkles
  • pigmentation
  • superficial skin lesions

It is commonly combined with other procedures such as facelift and eyelid surgery.

CO2 laser resurfacing has a limited role in the treatment of acne scars, and other facial scars.

There are many factors to be considered when planning laser skin resurfacing e.g. patients who tan easily may have problems with hyperpigmentation after treatment. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated under local anaesthetic. If the whole face is treated, then general anaesthetic is required.

CO2 laser skin resurfacing can be applied to differing depths and intensity according to the degree of the skin changes. For example, very deep creases in the upper lip will require Deep FX treatment, which penetrates deeply into the skin layers. The rest of the face may require only Active FX treatment, from which recovery is more rapid.

The goal of this procedure is to reduce the number and depth of facial wrinkles, and to produce a smoother complexion, with more even skin tone, and a degree of skin tightening.

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Laser resurfacing