Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment FAQs
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?Expand
Essentially a laser skin peel, this treatment smoothes and tones the skin’s surface whilst nourishing the deeper layers to bolster against future ageing.
The iPixel works to achieve improved tone and texture alongside ongoing skin benefits. The iPixel uses light and laser to make tiny perforations in the skin, generating a healing process. This is faster than traditional ablative skin resurfacing because the surrounding tissue is left intact.
What should I expect during my skin resurfacing treatment?Expand
We’ll need to complete a medical screening to make sure the laser skin resurfacing procedure is right for you, before doing a small patch test to check for any adverse reaction. After 24 hours, if all is well, we can begin treatments.
Laser skin resurfacing is more of a commitment than other laser treatments. You will feel heat and some discomfort and there will be around a week’s downtime whilst skin heals.
You’ll be settled in a reclined position on one of our specially designed hydraulic treatment chairs whilst music and soft lighting help you to relax. During the laser treatment, you’ll feel heat and light and it may be uncomfortable.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing suitable for everyone?Expand
Skin resurfacing is suitable for all skin types but not recommended for darker skins.
We can’t treat pregnant or breastfeeding women, or anyone with an autoimmune disorder. If you have an infection, or are undergoing radiotherapy, we also don’t recommend treatment.
Our clinicians will take you through a full medical questionnaire before starting any procedure.
What before or after care should I know about with Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments?Expand
For a week before and after treatment, you must stop using all acids and retinoids on your skin.
After your treatment, you will feel as if you have a mild sunburn and you should treat skin as such.
Aftercare creams will be recommended and must be used to maintain the best results. An SPF 50 should be applied before going outside, and direct sunlight should be avoided.
For at least a week after treatment we recommend avoiding exercise, swimming, sauna, steam room or heat treatments.
How soon will I notice results?Expand
You should see an improvement in your skin as soon as the redness and swelling subsides but this will continue to improve over the following months.
Is skin resurfacing permanent or how long will it last?Expand
The long term effects are impacted by the natural ageing process which can vary from person to person. We’d usually expect the benefits to be felt for a couple of years, perhaps with a top up treatment in between.
What side effects are possible?Expand
Following laser skin resurfacing treatment, skin is likely to feel red, swollen and hot, rather like mild sunburn. You may notice tiny red dots on the skin in the areas penetrated by the laser. This may persist for several days – up to a week, although it’s worse immediately after treatment and starts to resolve as time goes on.
How many treatments will I need?Expand
We usually recommend three skin resurfacing treatments, once every four weeks. Some people may need more than one course but our laser specialist will provide you with a bespoke treatment plan in your initial consultation.
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