& CO2 Resurfacing
An Overview and its procedure
The skin is the largest organ of our body, and it occupies a total of 20 square feet. Why do we need take care of our skin? Well, our skin is the protective coat of the body from any harmful chemicals, trauma, bacteria, and even from the rays of the sun. Our skin is our thermoregulator in times of warm or cold weather. Our skin cells are the only organ in our body that can regenerate rapidly to maintain its strength. Without the skin, we are susceptible to absorb all the harmful microorganisms that can attack our body anytime. Despite these defense mechanism process, there are a lot of factors that our skin still get such as wrinkles, scar, and other blemishes. Here are some contributory factors:
- Over exposure to the sun
- Use of products contains active chemicals
- Facial movement
- Direct trauma or injury
Prevention is better than cure as most Medical practitioner always say, but what about if you have the scar or the wrinkles already? Is there a way for you to remove that? Let us find out about the approaches that our experts has to offer in the name of skin health, and care.
What is Scar Revision and CO2 Resurfacing and how is it done?
Scar Revision is a procedure meant to correct the formation scar and see to it that the skin deformity will be minimized or contours its appearance. It promotes better skin tone and attempts to reconfigure the texture. Scarring is skin’s defense mechanism whenever there is a direct injury that causes an open wound to the skin. The eagerness of the skin to protect the body from further damage tends to promote wound healing briskly without the usual process. Collagen formation will be formed in a disorganized manner. The scar skin is different from the normal skin because it may appear elevated and tightened which gives discomfort. The treatment promotes a no rush wound healing process that allows the body to produce new and healthier collagen. Scar Revision includes surgery, injection or laser approach. Talk to your doctor to know what type of Scar Revision treatment that applies to your case.
The Carbon Dioxide resurfacing is also known as laser peeling. This treatment is one of the effective procedures that plastic surgeons or dermatologist uses. Laser skin peeling is a technique used in Scar Revision. This approach is very effective in undoing the harmful effect of the sun, smoking and other factors that cause the skin to wrinkle and lose its elasticity. The CO2 resurfacing is perfect as well in removing the acne scar, and other skin irregularities. The procedure tends to remove the thin outer layer of the skin with the use of straight pulsating light from the laser machine. There are two types of CO2 Resurfacing, and these are Ablative and Non-ablative. During the procedure, you will be provided an eye gear for protection.
When to Consult your Dermatologist?
You would know that you are a candidate to undergo such procedure if you have the following condition:
- Wrinkles around eyes, lower eyelid and mouth area
- Acne scars
- Skin color irregularities
- Uneven skin due to scars from burn or injury
- Bothersome scar that is especially for tightened skin scar
During the Procedure
For Scar Revision, there are different kinds of treatment depending on the skin damage.
Topical treatment with the use of gels that would be helpful in the wound healing. The solution may help the healing process in a coordinated manner.
Injection is one of the approaches that your derma may use to reduce the appearance of the scar. One common solution is steroids. The steroid will alter the size and scar’s characteristic that leads to smoother skin. Superficial treatment is about the removal of the thin outer layer of the skin. It could be in the process of CO2 Resurfacing, Chemical Peel with the use of solutions or bleaching agents.
For CO2 Resurfacing treatment, two techniques can be utilized depending on your scar.
The Ablative laser procedures pertain to skin peeling by performing an orderly injury to the scar. It is commonly known as Dermabrasion which is a process of exfoliation of the wrinkled or scarred skin. This treatment requires numbing cream for painkillers, and it is an outpatient procedure. You can go home right after the surgery, and continue your normal activities with precautions of course.
The Non-ablative techniques is not a surgical approach. The laser uses its heat energy to pass through the affected skin layers and promote tighter skin thus removing the scar or wrinkles. It may need a couple of sessions to achieve the desired result.
For Deeper scarred skin, surgery needs to be conducted. Anesthesia is required, and the procedure done inside the operating room. Why use the surgical approach for deeper scars? Some scars have this tight skin that gives distress to an individual, especially if the scar is in the larger area of the body such as legs or arms. There are scars as well that did not undergo the normal healing process because there is no proper closure on each layer of the skin. Your surgeon needs to provide relief in the area by surgically removing the outer layer of the scar to promote better healing, and close the wound properly on each skin layer. Skin grafting is an option too for burn victims.
For superficial treatment such as CO2 Resurfacing procedure, it is noninvasive so you can go home right away. Though your dermatologist will provide you a not to do and to do list for the fast healing process of the skin.
For surgery, depending on the size of the scar, you may stay in the hospital for a few hours for evaluation. After the surgery, you are not allowed to do strenuous activities to promote the rapid healing process of the affected body parts. There will be painkillers that your dermatologist will prescribe, and other home care tips to alleviate any discomfort.