Laser Resurfacing

Bringing fresh, youthful skin to the autumn season

After basking in the sun through the glorious days of summer, what happens when temperatures drop, bikini lines fade, and your skin returns to its normal shade?

For many, the return to reality brings with it a few less-than-pleasant side effects. Even using high-factor SPF protection against the sun, prolonged time spent outdoors is likely to add unwanted pigmentation (i.e. “sun spots” or “age spots”) to your skin. A variety of factors, including age, skin type, SPF protection, and the amount and intensity of sun exposure, all play a role in determining your skin’s appearance after summer.

So, how do you “turn back the hands of time” and keep your skin looking its best, even when the seasons change? If you have the desire, financial resources, and willingness to invest in a high-tech (but non-surgical) procedure, laser resurfacing can be an excellent option.

What is laser resurfacing?

At the Altos Clinic, a private laser and dermatology clinic located in the heart of downtown Prague, laser resurfacing is a popular procedure for clients who would like their skin to look fresh, toned, and elastic after their summer glow fades. Laser resurfacing is a procedure that removes the dead or damaged top layer of skin, including impurities, uneven skin pigmentation, and scar tissue, without disturbing the skin’s protective barrier underneath.

The laser stimulation prompts “neocollagenesis” (neo + collagen + synthesis), which is the process of making new collagen. Since collagen is needed for firm, toned skin, laser resurfacing not only removes unwanted pigmentation, but also stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

In addition to repairing damage from the sun, laser resurfacing is highly recommended for hyperpigmentation, wrinkle removal (moderate to deep), acne scars, melasma (dark, discolored patches of skin), birthmarks, and other skin impurities.

Because laser resurfacing lightens the skin’s pigmentation, the procedure is best performed in the autumn or winter months.

How does laser resurfacing work?

To provide effective treatment without pain or risk of infection, Altos uses a new generation fractional laser called CO2 Smartxide 2, manufactured by the Italian firm DEKA. The laser works by a pulsing technology which identifies points on the skin in a grid-like form. The laser reaches up to depths of 3MM (but not beyond). In addition to removing unwanted pigmentation, the laser activates healthy spots and promotes regeneration under the skin’s surface.
Laser therapy can be used on all parts of the body. Going beyond revitalizing the face, laser therapy is particularly effective for reducing the appearance of acne scars on the body as well as light scars from stretching (i.e. after a breast augmentation or reduction, pregnancy), birthmarks, and other growths.

Laser resurfacing step-by-step – the procedure & follow up

Once a client has chosen to invest in laser resurfacing and has created a treatment plan with an Altos professional, the treatment can begin immediately. At the first session, a client is given a local anesthetic cream to apply to the area of skin which will be treated. Approximately, 20–40 minutes after the cream has been applied, the skin is numbed and the treatment begins. Using the CO2 Smartxide 2 laser, the top layer of the skin is treated with a pulsing method. Depending on the size of the treated area, the initial treatment can last from 15 minutes – 1 hour.

Following the procedure, the client is given creams to calm and soothe the treated skin. A few days rest at home is strongly recommended to allow the skin time to properly heal and to begin rejuvenation. During the week after a laser resurfacing treatment, the client must not enter a solarium, pool, or sauna.

Clients are asked to use SPF 50F on their treated skin for at least one month following the treatment to make sure that they gain the best possible effects.

Although immediate effects are visible after the initial treatment, laser resurfacing is best carried out in a series of treatments, based on the client’s individual skin type and needs. Acne treatments typically require 2–3 laser resurfacing sessions, while deeper scars or wrinkles may take even more time to treat. Generally, a second treatment is planned a month and a half after the initial laser resurfacing.

If you are willing to invest time and financial resources into making your skin look its best and you are interested in receiving high-quality care in a clean, professional environment, contact Altos Clinic for a consultation.

The sun’s rays are fading – now’s the time.

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