A laser facial is basically a laser-based facial treatment, also known as laser skin treatment or facial laser skin resurfacing, that helps reduce wrinkles, blemishes, fine lines and pigmentation. As we age, our skin shows visible signs of loss in elasticity as well as damage from exposure to light, heat and pollutants in the atmosphere. To rejuvenate our skin and achieve a more youthful look, laser treatment is very effective in treating damaged and loose skin without much fuss.
How does it work?
Lasabrasion, laser vaporization or laser peel, as laser skin resurfacing is also known, uses concentrated pulses of laser light targeted at the treatment area to achieve controlled damage of skin tissue, thus triggering the production of new collagen. This new collagen is what will help the skin rejuvenate and look healthier. This laser technique can treat a wider range of cosmetic and skin issues compared to other techniques because of the greater control it gives over the damage induced to produce new collagen.
What is the procedure?
Before a treatment session, you should avoid anything that will make your skin sensitive – like sunbathing, collagen injections, chemical peels – for at least two weeks prior. If you have acne, the laser treatment should be deferred until after the acne has subsided. The treatment itself is quite simple and is performed as an outpatient procedure. There are two types of laser treatment – ablative and non-ablative. Ablative laser treatment requires general anesthesia and non-ablative does not because it is less invasive.
Recovery and results
Generally, non-ablative laser treatments don’t require any downtime since there is very little discomfort during and after the procedure. Regular activities can be resumed immediately after the procedure, but it is advisable to stay out of the sun and away from heat. There will be soreness and even some weeping of the skin, but that will subside in a few days. Redness will subside within 6 to 8 weeks. After the initial healing, results of the laser treatment will be visible, with a noticeable reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Results will last for at least a year or more if you take care of your skin.
There are centres with good facial laser treatment in Singapore that provide treatments for a variety of skin issues using a range of techniques with the best in laser technology.