Making a difference with CO2 laser treatment
This month, consultant surgeon Bijan Beigi talks about the difference CO2 laser resurfacing can make in reducing the signs of ageing, scars or blemishes, and helping to restore a younger, fresher appearance
Looking at these images, you can see from the ‘before’ image that the skin of this long-term patient of ours has suffered from severe sun and smoking damage, taking into account the fine lines which have developed around the mouth.
We can also see accentuation of the nasal labial lines, which are the lines running from the nose to either side of the mouth. This is caused by the loss of elasticity and volume in the skin.
There are a range of treatments which can help to give the appearance of younger-looking skin and which could have been used to tackle these issues, such as chemical peels, Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion.
Each treatment uses very specific technologies to achieve results and some are more effective than others. CO2 laser resurfacing results in thickening of newly formed skin.
For this particular patient, CO2 laser resurfacing was considered the best option for achieving the best results. In case of any need to improve sagging of the jaw line, a mini face-lift under local anaesthetic is one of our routine procedures.
CO2 laser resurfacing uses a matrix of laser light points that vary in intensity to stimulate and remodel collagen for improvement of wrinkles and crepey skin. Areas that can be treated using CO2 laser are around the mouth, eyes, or over the entire surface of the face and neck.
Although this was previously an invasive treatment that required a lengthy recovery time, we are now using fractionated techniques with less downtime – around 2-3 days. As you can see from the ‘after’ image, it does deliver results which should last for several years.
When considering any form of cosmetic treatment, we recommend you begin by speaking to a qualified skin care practitioner. At Norwich Cosmetic Clinic, we offer a free consultation with one of our highly trained practitioners and we only recommend products and treatments which are right for you and your skin.
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ABOVE:Before (left) and after (right) CO2 laser treatment