Laser Skin Resurfacing – An intro
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure performed using laser emitting devices on the skin. The procedure is aimed at reducing the pigmentation on the skin, wrinkles, scars etc. When the laser energy is applied on the skin, the top layer of the skin is removed. Consequently, body starts making up new skin layers with new cells and the new skin looks younger and tighter.
Note: Laser skin resurfacing or laser skin therapies are performed by several clinics and also by unauthorized and untrained persons. You need to be cautious when finalizing on the dermatologist or the cosmetic surgeon to get the procedure done.
Consulting with a good cosmetic surgeon for skin resurfacing procedure
Once you finalize which cosmetic surgeon you should be consulting, you need to let him/her know exactly what exactly you are expecting and you need to know both the positive and possible negative effects of the surgery. Your doctor will let you know if you are a right candidate for the surgery.
A couple of weeks before the surgery:
- You will be asked to quit smoking as smoking hinders healing process of the body
- Stop any or all medications (such as ibuprofen, vitamin E Supplements etc) unless you are having another medical condition.
- As a precautionary measure, antibiotics may be prescribed so that it can take care of any existing infection in the body and also help in preventing possible infections till the surgery is done.
During skin resurfacing surgery
Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient surgery. That means, you don’t need to be in hospital once the surgery is done. If the area to be treated is small, such as just the wrinkles around the eyes or mouth or forehead, the procedure may take less than an hour. If the entire face is being treated, the procedure may take around two hours. Depending on the area being treated, you will be given local anaesthesia or full body anaesthesia.
Immediately after the treatment, your face will be wrapped in bandage. You will need to keep washing your face once every four hours while you are awake. Such instructions will be given to you by your doctor after successfully performing the procedure. Expect redness and swelling on the face for few days. The skin will start peeling off in a week to ten days after the surgery.
After the old skin sheds, new skin starts forming and this takes around three weeks for the new skin to show up. Initially you can expect some redness on the skin and this will go away after a month or two. You will be provided with ointments or creams that you need to apply while you are recovering from the surgery. The new skin will be lighter than the previous one. If you have to apply any chemicals on your face (such as pimple treatment lotion etc), you need to check with your doctor on when you can resume applying it.
It is advisable to avoid going into the sunlight until complete healing takes place. If the new skin is exposed to sun, there may be a sun burn on the face where the skin can get damaged. Always use a good sunscreen if you have to step out. Keep applying sunscreen and skin protecting lotion or creams every two or three hours to protect the new skin.
Risks associated with laser skin resurfacing
Every surgery involves a risk. With laser skin resurfacing too, you will be at risk of:
- Getting your skin burnt when the temperate of laser beam is not maintained correctly.
- Scarring of skin
- Injury to lips and eyes if the person is not well trained and experienced.
- If you are suffering from herpes sores around the mouth, they may flare up. (In this case, usually, a good cosmetic surgeon would refrain from performing the surgery).
- Skin infection, usually bacterial.
How much laser skin resurfacing cost in Chennai?
Laser skin resurfacing cost varies with the area that is being treated. A larger area means a larger price and more time consuming. Usually the laser skin resurfacing surgery in Chennai starts from Rs. 50,000 and can range up to few lakh rupees.
You must note that this is not a fixed cost but variable and depends on who is performing the procedure and where. You medical insurance provide will not be covering the surgery cost as it comes under cosmetic procedure, unless you have a specific coverage for the same.