Frequently Asked Questions
At Ashbury Cosmetics in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast we have performed this treatment successfully. Here is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions:
How long does it take to perform a laser resurfacing treatment?
A laser resurfacing treatment of the upper lip takes a few minutes. To do the whole face generally takes thirty minutes to several hours depending on the anaesthetic, and the severity of the wrinkles or scars.
How painful is the procedure?
Laser skin resurfacing without anaesthesia causes a sharp stinging sensation on the skin while it is being performed. Pain medications, sedatives, or local or general anaesthetics are usually given to make the procedure comfortable. Most patients can have the laser skin resurfacing performed as an outpatient. After the laser skin resurfacing treatment has been completed, there is very little pain for most patients.
How long does it take to recover from laser resurfacing treatment?
It takes 3 to 10 days on average to recover from an Erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment. Recovery time will also depend on how deep and difficult the scar and wrinkling are, as well as other factors that affect healing.
Do I need to take time off work?
Usually 2 weeks is sufficient (generally 1 week for an Erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment). Some people can appear in public with make-up as soon as 10 days after a laser skin resurfacing treatment. There is usually pinkness in the skin, which persists for a few days to a few months following a laser peel. This pink colour can be covered up with make-up until it disappears naturally.
Are there any risks with having laser resurfacing treatment?
Laser skin resurfacing treatment has a favourable benefit-to-risk ratio, and undesirable effects rarely occur. These include scarring, infection, blotchy discolouration of the skin, and a few other less common complications. The possible risks associated with laser skin resurfacing are far fewer than with any other procedure used to remove medium-to-deep wrinkles.
What preparation do I need to do for this treatment?
Skin lightening products will help to condition the skin and suppress pigment blotches, which frequently appear from hormones and sun exposure. Normally, 2 to 3 weeks of skin preparation helps the skin heal faster after treatment. Sun screen and sun protection before and after the peel is also very helpful to encourage a good result.
What will I look like when my skin is healing?
During the recovery period, there will be some oozing and swelling of the skin for a few days. A dressing or ointments are usually applied to the skin to prevent crusting and scabbing. The skin will gradually heal within 14 days. Most patients avoid public appearances for a week after laser surgery.
What will I need to do after laser skin resurfacing treatment?
Many patients worry about whether or not their skin will be normal in appearance after treatment. About 2 weeks after laser skin resurfacing the skin will be pink and smooth. Make-up may be used at this time. Strict sun avoidance is necessary until the pink discolouration disappears. There are creams that can be applied to help heal and perfect the skin.