Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most advanced innovative treatments for addressing a variety of skin concerns, such as wrinkles, acne scars, and cellulite. With controllable depth of penetration, even the most delicate facial features can be treated safely and effectively irrespective of skin type.
Skin resurfacing is a great way to generate a healing response in the body in order to repair and rejuvenate areas of damaged skin and promote a more youthful appearance by removing pigmentation (Melasma) and addressing skin concerns relating to mild laxity, wrinkles, tone and texture. Skin resurfacing can also be effectively used for scar treatment.
At the Rae clinic we use the SmartXide CO2 Laser (by Deka) for both fractional and complete ablative laser resurfacing. This powerful device features state-of-the-art technology and precision, allowing our surgeons to meet your aesthetic needs.
ResultsVisible after 2-3 weeks
PainTopical anaesthesia is required
DowntimeUp to 1 week
RepeatAfter 2-3 years
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing in London Used For?
Skin resurfacing at our London clinic is suitable for addressing the following skin concerns in the face and body:
- Reduce mild to moderate lines and wrinkles (with the laser acting as a fractional resurfacing tool)
- Reduce deep wrinkles (with the laser acting as an ablative resurfacing tool);
- Remove different types of pigmentation and pigmented lesions caused by sun damage, such as age spots or patches of darker skin;
- Improve acne scarring and other traumatic scarring;
- Tighten and revitalize the skin’s surface, tone, and texture.
We also use the SmartXide CO2 laser as an ablative tool for minor surgical interventions such as warts removal or other small skin lesions, blepharoplasty (upper and lower eyelid reduction) or lip reduction.
How much does Laser Skin Resurfacing cost in London?
Skin resurfacing laser is a procedure that requires vast expertise and you will discuss a bespoke solution and price with our plastic surgeon. However, prices for laser skin resurfacing of the face start at £2,800, and £4,200 for both the face and the neck. Prices for treating scars with skin resurfacing lasers vary depending on the size and complexity of the scar. Prices for small scars treatment start at £590 while larger scars start at £990.
The Rae Factor
Skin resurfacing at our London clinic is a procedure in which we produce controlled micro-wounds on the surface of your skin. Subsequently, your skin will renew the damaged skin by using new skin cells and tissue.
To help your body heal faster, we combine bespoke enriching methods. For example,
we include treatments such as Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF). In this treatment, we harvest growth factors from your own blood only to then reintroduce it to the treated area. Therefore, we are able to naturally speed the healing response in the resurfaced skin.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
SmartXide is a CO2 laser used as an advanced method for skin resurfacing treatments. The CO2 laser beam is absorbed by the water molecules in the skin, thereafter producing heat and creating controlled trauma to the skin.
We use the SmartXide laser in two modes:
The fractional ablative mode – used for treating small, pixel-sized sections of the skin to create dots of micro-trauma, approximately 1mm deep. The healthy skin surrounding each dot stimulates a rapid healing response to the damaged tissue. Thereby, we are able to repair and revive the affected area by utilizing new skin ‘building blocks’ directly in the targeted area.
The full ablative mode – used to remove the surface layers of the skin in their entirety for comprehensive skin regeneration. While requiring longer downtime the full ablative mode achieves a far drastic result.
Other settings and hand-pieces allow us to use the SmartXide laser as a precise surgical tool. When performing eyelid surgery, our surgeons utilise this laser technology to incise the skin around the eyes in order to significantly reduce scarring and encourage faster healing. Additionally, our surgeons developed a protocol fast becoming one of our clinic’s most popular procedures. It utilizes the SmartXide laser for treating Festoons (or malar mounds), the swollen bags that appear under the eyes, beneath the lower eyelid and around the cheek.
During your consultation, you will discuss your concerns with our surgeon and whether laser skin resurfacing, either fractional ablative resurfacing or full ablative resurfacing, could be best used to achieve your desired results. The consultation will include a thorough skin assessment and a ‘patch-test’ to assess the skin’s response to the laser.
If you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding you will not be suitable for the treatment and will need to await the period of weaning your child before we can embark on a treatment plan.
Prior to your treatment, we will cleanse your skin and apply a numbing cream to ensure minimal discomfort. You will then be handed special eye gear to protect the eyes from any damage during the procedure. You may sense a flickering or snapping sensation as the laser light reaches your skin.
When using the SmartXide laser in its full ablative mode, we recommend one treatment session for most patients. However, some patients might require 2-3 treatments depending on their situation and the surgeon’s evaluation. Repeated treatments every 6 to 12 months are advised when using the laser in its fractional ablative mode.
Treatment with the CO2 laser for facial skin resurfacing is performed using a topical local anaesthetic or numbing cream. For alternative ablative options and surgical interventions, a local anaesthetic injection can be used.
Our surgeons are experts in pain management and will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. For patients who prefer it, or are particularly sensitive to pain, ablative resurfacing and surgical interventions can also be performed under sedation or general anaesthesia.
Immediately after your treatment, the lasting effect of the anaesthesia means that you may experience no discomfort; As the anaesthesia wears off, any additional pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication.
Expect redness and swelling, as well as tenderness in the treated area for up to 7 days after fractional laser skin resurfacing. Full ablation resurfacing may require longer downtime – up to 14 days.
You may notice very small, white dots on the surface of the skin where the laser light has created the micro-trauma spots. You must avoid scratching or picking these, as you could scar the skin or create an infection.
You will be provided with full aftercare advice and a comprehensive treatment guideline.
Results from laser skin resurfacing are visible after 2-3 weeks as the area heals, and new skin cells repair the targeted skin area. This will continue to improve over the following weeks and months.
CO2 laser skin resurfacing results are long-lasting, depending on the applied laser mode. Concurrently, results from full ablative laser resurfacing are expected to last 3-5 years and fractional ablative laser resurfacing 12 months.
When evaluating optimal results and maintenance post treatment it is important to remember that our bodies, and skin, vastly rely on healthy lifestyle choices that continue to guide the efficacy of results as well as our overall health.