Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing

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The Effect

Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing utilizes light energy to stimulate collagen remodeling and remove irregular pigmentation and enlarged blood vessels from the skin surface.

The Procedure

Because this technique does not injure the outer layers of skin, there is no prolonged healing phase with the associated risk of complications and loss of time from normal activities.

The underlying principal of the treatment is to create a controlled injury to certain "target" structures in the dermis, while sparing the epidermis from damage. Absorbed light energy then activates fibroblasts to stimulate collagen remodeling and new collagen production.

Conditions that can be treated by Non-ablative technologies include facial wrinkles, rosacea, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, age and "liver" spots, and minor surface irregularities. Unlike traditional resurfacing techniques, Non-ablative procedures can be performed almost anywhere on the body with very little or no risk of scarring.

Best candidates

Typically used on those requiring treatment on such problem areas as wrinkling around the eyes and mouth, acne scars, and lines or crepiness on the neck.

Risks

All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.

More details about your consultation and tips on coming to Bumrungrad in the Consultation section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

You will be required to sign a consent form before surgery stating that you have been informed of the risks involved; that you understand those risks; and that you accept those risks. This is standard hospital protocol and surgery will not be performed if you do not sign.

You can find hospital forms on our the Forms section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

It is your obligation to inform your surgeon of key medical information that may influence the outcome of your surgery or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.

Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors. No two people are alike. The risks listed below are possible risks associated with this type of surgery and are mentioned regardless of how remote the possibility:

Temporary or even permanent hyperpigmentation as well as the occasional, slight blister. Possibility of eye damage resulting from laser exposure to the eye itself.

Please see our Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing FAQs for risks of this procedure, and our Skin Center FAQs for general tips on how to mitigate risks.

Treatment

Time required: Treatments are best delivered on a monthly basis in a series of 3 to 5 visits, up to 30 minutes per session.
Anesthesia: Local

Side effects

Minimal skin redness that disappears within a few hours. Occasional blister, mild pinkness or swelling.

Recovery time

Postoperative healing is rapid and clinical improvement of skin texture and tightening is gradual over several weeks resulting in subtle, natural skin rejuvenation.
 

Please note that this information should be used only as a guide to your treatment. All specifics will be discussed with your Physician at your consultation.
 

If you have questions that are not answered in this website, then please contact us.
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