LASER RESURFACING OF SKIN (FULL FACE)

  • ANAESTHETIC – LOCAL OR GENERAL
  • STAY IN HOSPITAL – 1 DAY LOCAL / 1 DAY AND 1 NIGHT GENERAL
  • RECUPERATION – APPROXIMATELY 7 to 10 DAYS

If your facial skin has become blotchy and/or wrinkled over the years due to the aging process, has become scarred due to acne, illness or injury or has suffered as a result of exposure to the sun then you are more than likely a good candidate for Skin Resurfacing utilizing the very popular Laser method.

Other methods such as Chemical Peel, Dermabrasion and Needle Abrasion are also used for Skin Resurfacing and once your skin has been evaluated your surgeon will determine whether the Laser method or one of the alternative methods is best suited to your particular skin.

Your surgeon will then discuss the method with you in detail so that you will know exactly what to expect post-operatively. Your desires and expectation for the procedure will also be discussed and you will be encouraged to ask as many questions as you like prior to surgery.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Your most Frequently Asked Questions related to your surgeon and surgery answered.

HOW WILL I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SURGEON FOR MY PROCEDURE?

Although all South Africa’s leading cosmetic surgeons are highly trained and experienced in all cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures they naturally have individual, specialist areas of interest and expertise. Once Surgical Attractions has assessed your particular desires and aspirations concerning the outcome of your procedure we will marry them to the surgeon best suited to your special needs. The surgeon’s CV details will then be sent to you for your perusal and acceptance.

HOW WILL MY SURGEON ASSESS MY PARTICULAR SURGICAL REQUIREMENTS?

When you complete the Medical History section of the General Enquiry Form you will be asked to submit it together with a clear and reasonably close-up digital photograph (in colour) of the area of your body requiring surgery.

Once your recommended surgeon has assessed your particular requirements along with your medical history and digital photo, Surgical Attractions will arrange an obligation free teleconference between the two of you.

At this stage your surgeon will not only be in possession of all the facts relating to your particular case but also be in a position to recommend the exact method to be employed to achieve the results you desire. Your surgeon will also be available at this point to answer any questions you may have as regards your surgery and the outcome.

You will be encouraged at all times prior to your surgery to continue getting to know your surgeon by asking as many questions as you like.

On arrival in South Africa Surgical Attractions will arrange a personal meeting between you and your surgeon. Once again the method of surgery and the desired outcome will be discussed along with any other questions you may have. If at this point you decide not to go ahead with the procedure your decision will be respected.

SHOULD I TAKE ANY PRECAUTIONS PRIOR TO SURGERY?

Treating your skin with special pre-operative creams may be suggested by your surgeon who will also prescribe antibiotics and anti viral drugs which you will be required to take for a period of time before and after the procedure. (Your surgeon will advise you more specifically about this at the discussion stage.)

HOW WILL THE PROCEDURE BE PERFORMED?

Your surgeon is skilled in the application of the laser and will know exactly how much or how little to apply to your particular skin type and condition in order to remove unwanted layers of skin and thereby reveal a younger and smoother facial appearance.

WHICH KIND OF LASER WILL BE USED?

A carbon dioxide laser (CO2) known as the Erbium Laser has become very popular of late. However it is often used in conjunction with the Derma K Laser. Your surgeon will recommend the correct laser for your particular skin and condition.

HOW LONG WILL MY FACE TAKE TO HEAL?

Healing is largely dependent on the individual but generally takes about 7 days. The skin will initially erupt and as a result your face will need to be cleansed and a special laser gel applied several times a day during the recuperative phase in order to seal the skin as it heals. The gel will also help to keep the skin moist and thereby prevent it from drying out. It is essential that the skin be prevented from drying and as a result tightening during the recuperation phase.

HOW CAN I EXPECT TO LOOK AND FEEL AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

You can expect to experience some discomfort and pain (the degree being dependent on the individual) for a couple of days post operatively – however this condition will be alleviated with prescribed analgesics.

Immediately following the procedure your skin will be red in colour but will lighten daily during recuperation to a shade of pink – which can be concealed with make-up after the face has healed. Your surgeon will be more specific about when you can apply make-up and how much.

After approximately three months your skin will not only be smooth in texture and youthful in appearance but also have returned to its normal colour.

HOW SOON BEFORE MY LIFE IS BACK TO NORMAL?

As with all surgical procedures it is advisable to take it easy after Laser Skin Resurfacing. Great care should be taken to protect your face (particularly from the sun) and vigorous movement of any kind (as in exercise) should be avoided. Also take care to protect your face when bending and lifting objects. You can probably return to work 2 weeks after surgery but preferably after 3 weeks.

LASER RESURFACING OF THE HANDS AND NECK CAN BE PERFORMED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE FACE IF REQUIRED.

RISKS

As with everything else in life there are also risks involved in surgical procedures. No matter how good the Surgeon performing the Surgery may be, complications can arise. Therefore before proceeding with any surgery of any kind please discuss all your concerns with your surgeon and ask as many questions as you like so that you are in a position to make an informed decision.