The glow ‘Resur’faces

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DR SHIREEN FURTADO
Published Jun 27, 2017, 12:13 am IST
Updated Jun 27, 2017, 12:13 am IST
Want to do away with static wrinkles and scars for good? An expert informs how a non-ablative technology could help.
A file picture of  Miranda Kerr used for representational purpose only
 A file picture of Miranda Kerr used for representational purpose only

Coming to think of it, our skin is a fighter — battling aging, acne, sun damage and pollution every single day. As remains of the war, we see skin issues ranging from uneven pigmentation, darkening skin tone, scarring, wrinkling and early formation of static wrinkles. It is prudent to understand that our skin needs rejuvenation too and regular care with safe procedure which delay or reverse signs of skin damage. The need for more using less has given rise to non-invasive ResurFX technology. 

This technology eliminates superficial static wrinkles and scars with virtually no downtime. Clinical analysis of treated skin after a series of three to five ResurFX treatments showed remarkable benefits.

 

In the course of this treatment, fractional lasers deliver heat into the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones. This eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells and deposits heat deep into the dermis to tighten skin and stimulate collagen formation and remodelling. Treatments are repeated at monthly intervals to gradually reveal a global improvement in quality of the skin.

As the laser energy is applied to the skin in a feathering motion, the sensation felt is hot and snapping. To keep the patient comfortable, a numbing cream is applied which makes the procedure virtually pain free.

The term non-ablative means it does not destroy or ablate the skin cells, making it less harmful. A fractional laser only affects a fraction or percentage of the skin as opposed to the entire skin surface. It works with the skin to stimulate deep collagen regeneration over a sequence of treatment schedules. The average cost for non-ablative laser skin resurfacing ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 depending on the amount of skin being treated.  Typically, about three sessions are needed to see visible improvement in the skin texture. Improvement in overall quality of skin is achieved after three to five sessions over four to five weeks intervals. However, improvements continue for up to six months following the treatment.

Though this is a safe procedure, it is best avoided if there are active infections, viral, fungal or bacterial diseases, inflammatory skin conditions or skin cancer. As a universal caution, for any elective procedure, pregnant women are advised to opt for this post pregnancy. Risks may include redness, swelling or change of pigmentation

Before the procedure, the dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and examine the nature of the patient’s skin. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure.

— The writer is a medical expert and dermatologist. 
Disclaimer: Always consult with an expert before going ahead with the treatment. 

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