Acne breakout is every pre-pubescent teenager’s worst nightmare. It comes out of nowhere – silently and as if bidding its time -and proceeds to wreak havoc on your skin. Nothing is more embarrassing than having to go to out of the house every single school day with a random scattering of red, angry pustules across your face. If you are lucky, you will pass this stage unscathed.
The only reminder of it, perhaps, would be the photos from your high school years that your mother has lovingly kept. Or, if you are not that lucky, you might have brought well into adulthood an unfortunate remembrance of a distant past – the acne scars. Mild acne scars that can easily be hidden with a good concealer (and proper skincare regimen) are tolerable, but the other kind – the scars that left deep indention on the face and cheeks – is a different matter. It is the kind that cannot be concealed, much less be removed by most skincare products, and it requires a radical and innovation solution.
Fractional Resurfacing, The Non-Invasive Treatment
This solution is called fractional resurfacing or carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers, a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. CO2 laser has the longest wavelength in medical-grade lasers, thus making it highly-effective in treating deep-seated wrinkles, fine lines, severe textural damage from aged skin, surgical scar, and most especially, acne scars. The CO2 laser is a typically recommended treatment for depressed acne scars. Depressions or pits in the skin are caused by depressed acne scars, which are the result of inflammatory acne like pimples, zits, nodules, and red blemishes that grew over a collagen-rich scar tissue.
Skin issues like wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and depressed acne scars all share a single thing in common: insufficient amount of collagen in the skin. Collagen is a vital protein that is responsible for keeping the supple, healthy, and firm. It is naturally produced by the skin but our skin’s ability to produce this protein slows down as we grow older. This as well as the inability of the skin to repair itself naturally, marks the dreaded first signs of aging. Alternative options such as consuming or applying antioxidants can cut down the rate of collagen loss in the skin but it is simply not enough. What you need is to accelerate the process of collagen renewal to effectively treat skin imperfections and this is now possible using fractional CO2 laser technology.
This article from Dr. Edwin Lim, a premier medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore that offers custom solutions for all skin concerns, will focus on the following: how fractional CO2 laser works, what to expect after a fractional CO2 laser procedure, and the aftercare guidelines that you need to remember.
How Does Fractional CO2 Laser Work?
Fractional CO2 laser in Singapore works by emitting carbon dioxide (CO2) laser beams to treat the surface beneath the skin. It stimulates the regeneration of collagen underneath with the use of laser energy that fractionates into very small holes into the skin. This process allows the removal of damaged layers of skin cells and enables them to be replaced with new ones without causing any injury to the outmost surface of the skin. One of the greatest benefits of fractional technology is its capability to keep the healthy tissues intact between the laser beam, in order to facilitate faster healing of tissues.
If you are interested to learn more about how fractional CO2 laser work, you can give us a call at the Dr. Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic and we will be glad to answer all of your queries.
What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
The procedure itself will only take about fifteen minutes to complete. Most people find the experience tolerable, with minimal pain and discomfort. You can expect the treated area to feel as if it is sunburned. There may be a slight itching or stinging sensation that will be gone after a few hours. Patients with high tolerance to pain and discomfort are able to return to their normal schedule after the treatment.
After several weeks, the peeling process will start. The outer layer of your skin will become more pinkish in color as the skin starts to shed. During this period, ask your doctor if it is possible to use make up to conceal the pinkish and peeling skin. The duration of healing will depend on the depth that the laser has penetrated; the deeper the treatment is, the longer the healing and downtime will be, while shallower treatments mean lesser healing time. But before you fret, you need to understand that a deeper treatment is equivalent to better and more effective results.
What Are the Aftercare Guidelines?
- Take pain relievers if necessary. You will be given an ice pack or pain-relieving medications after the procedure upon your doctor’s recommendation. If the pain or discomfort becomes too much to bear, contact your doctor immediately.
- Use sunblock. Infections and irritations caused by too much exposure to UV rays are the most common side effects of a fractional CO2 laser treatment in Singapore. In order to prevent this, you need ample protection from the sun. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunblock (at least SPF30) everyday, particularly when you are heading outside. Stay away from direct sunlight as much as possible.
- Moisturize and hydrate. You need to keep your skin moisturized all the time to help accelerate the healing process and to prevent the risk of skin irritation. Consult your doctor if he or she can recommend a moisturizer that can soothe and hydrate your skin as it heals. And do not forget to drink plenty of water, too. It aids in skin hydration and at the same time, provides a multitude of benefits to your body.
- Practice self-control. During the healing process, you will see how your skin peel off and it may give you an urge to do it using your own hands. Resist that urge and let the skin’s natural peeling process take its course to avoid further scabbing, irritation, and infections.
Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic
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