Changes to our skin are a normal and natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our bodies start to produce less and less of the substances that keep our skin elastic and strong – collagen and elastin. As this production diminishes, skin becomes drier and looser, which can cause wrinkles to develop. While they can appear anywhere on the face, they are most commonly seen in those areas which react when we make a facial expression – such as frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, or wrinkles in the corners of the mouth. Our skin can also become blemished over the years, whether the result of teenage or adult acne, sun damage, or something else.
Although very natural, wrinkles can make patients dissatisfied with their appearance, even causing them to look older than they really are. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help to reduce the effects of aging. One of these is laser wrinkle reduction.
What is laser wrinkle reduction?
Laser wrinkle reduction, also known as laser resurfacing, is a popular treatment that targets facial wrinkles and skin irregularities such as scars and blemishes, with the aim of reducing or eliminating their appearance.
The process uses cutting edge laser technology, which aims short pulses of concentrated beams of light energy at the skin in order to remove one layer at a time. It is extremely safe, carried out under local or general anesthetic so that you don’t experience any discomfort and can be carried out in under an hour. By removing the upper layers of the skin, the procedure reveals new, fresh skin underneath and stimulates the production of collagen to counteract the natural aging process.
Top benefits of laser wrinkle reduction
There are a variety of benefits associated with laser wrinkle reduction. Some of the most common include the following:
Reduced lines and wrinkles. Unsurprisingly, the biggest benefit of this treatment is that it can reduce many of the tell-tale signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles.
Treating blemishes and discoloration. In addition to reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, laser wrinkle reduction can also fade hyperpigmentation, brown spots, and blemishes. It can even improve acne scarring, shrink enlarged pores, and reduce the appearance of prominent blood vessels.
Short treatment time. The laser wrinkle reduction process usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes, meaning little disruption to your day.
Painless treatment. All laser wrinkle reduction treatments are carried out using anesthetic which means that you won’t experience any discomfort.
Go home the same day. This treatment is carried out on an outpatient basis which means that you will be able to return home the same day.
Rapid healing. The CO2 laser used for laser wrinkle reduction is cutting edge and carries out the treatment in such a way that the skin heals more rapidly after the procedure has been completed than many other treatments. The full results of your treatment will be realized after healing is complete.
If you’d like to find out more about laser wrinkle reduction or to schedule a consultation to discuss this effective treatment, please contact our friendly cosmetic surgery team.