One resurface facelift to permanently remove deep wrinkles with a specialised full field laser resurface
These days the term Laser Resurfacing has become a confusing hotch-potch of treatments, all of them pretending to be what they cannot be. Treatments such as fractional lasers and radiofrequency devices, needling treatments and plasma treatments are commonly referred to as skin resurfacing treatments but they cannot and will not produce the same amazing and safe and, importantly, permanent results that a classic full-field laser resurfacing treatment with an advanced Erbium YAG laser performed by experienced hands will certainly give you.
While it is true that each of these other treatments may be quicker with shorter recovery time and cheaper per treatment you will need to repeat them so many times to get a fraction of the benefit of a single properly carried out full-field laser resurfacing procedure, that in total they will take much longer to complete and require much longer recovery time and cost much more in the long run, but add to all this that the results will be not nearly as good nor permanent!
This is a “stand-alone treatment” giving your skin the rejuvenation that no other treatment nor even expensive facial surgery can give you.
GMC is at the centre of excellence for laser resurfacing with over 30 years of experience and thousands of cases in this procedure. Together with an experienced and caring staff, we will make your experience as successful as possible.
We use the analogy of an old wooden desk that has been knocked about, marked, scratched, stained and dented. You could try to improve its appearance by cleaning it and filling in the dents and scratches, but wouldn’t it be a vastly better result if you got the sander and sanded it back to a brand new surface! Well, this is what we do, the face is the desk while the Erbium laser is our sander with which we cleanly remove the damaged layers of the face back to a healthy and clean layer of skin. Within days a new layer of cells will have covered the entire surface of the face, giving it a new, clean and unmarked surface.
A properly carried out laser resurfacing procedure will induce a strong amount of skin tightening and lifting, more than any other procedure or technology can produce, and is second only to a surgical facelift in benefits. We call this a “Laser Facelift” and you will achieve this additional benefit as part of the procedure results.
Our patients are comfortably managed by a form of twilight sedation from an intramuscular injection, and complete facial anaesthesia from a series of numbing nerve blocks. You will be comfortable and pain-free throughout the 90-minute procedure.
The laser cleanly removes the damaged layers of skin by vaporizing them and so there will not be the need for dressings afterwards. Immediately post-op your face will look red and puffy but quite clean. You will need to keep it clean and continually apply petroleum jelly or paw paw ointment as directed. Both you and the person taking you home will be instructed on aftercare procedure but you will already have been given instruction sheets previously.
For the next day or two, you may feel a stinging sensation like a sunburn over your face but simple tablets such as paracetamol or ibuprofen are all you should need for comfort. There should be no pain beyond that.
We are contactable 24/7 if you need us, you will be given our mobile numbers for such occasions.
This is suitable for men and women of any age.
This is the treatment of choice for a wide range of conditions including all grades of sun damage, keratoses, early skin cancer changes, age changes, skin laxity, loss of elasticity, all severities of acne or other forms of scarring, difficult pigmentation problems, and many other conditions
Of course, one of the commonest requests is by patients of all ages with tired, dull, or lined skin or large pores looking for that impressive and very long lasting cosmetic improvement of their complexion. Even heavily lined faces can be greatly improved for many years!
Apart from any significant medical conditions, the main contraindication is the skin type – darker skin types are generally at risk of reactive hyper-pigmentation and are best avoided.
There are few treatments that can boast long term or permanent results, but this is one that can do that. It is common to get 10 years or longer, and even then your skin will not have returned to its pre-laser state. Some of our patients might come back at eight or ten years requesting a repeat treatment usually to boost the skin tightening that they had experienced.
The possible risks are an infection, keloid scarring and pigmentation. changes. These are either preventable or manageable.
Most concerns have more than one course of treatment. Feel free to contact us so one of our team can discuss options for your unique concern.