Home of Skin Resurfacing in London
Welcome to the home of skin resurfacing in London.
AT the Rae clinic we use the AcuPulse CO2 Laser by Lumenis as our primary tool for skin resurfacing. We use this laser for both fractional and complete ablative laser resurfacing, for various indications in the face and body.
This powerful device features state of the art technology and precision, which allows our surgeon to perform a variety of skin resurfacing options, to meet your aesthetic needs. Notably, skin resurfacing is a great way to produce a healing response in the body in order to repair and rejuvenate areas of damaged skin, thus, creating a more youthful appearance, by removing sun damage and tightening the skin. It can also be effectively used for different scar treatments.
ResultsVisible after 2-3 weeks
DowntimeUp to 1 week
PainTopical anaesthesia is required
RepeatAfter 2-3 years
What is Skin Resurfacing in London for?
Skin resurfacing at our London Clinic is suitable for the following indications:
- Reduce mild to moderate lines and wrinkles with fractional options, and deeper wrinkles with more ablative resurfacing;
- Remove pigmentation and pigmented lesions caused by sun damage, such as age spots or patches of darker skin;
- Improve acne scarring and other traumatic scarring; and
- Tighten and rejuvenate the skin’s surface, tone, and texture.
In addition, we use AcuPulse as an ablative tool for minor surgical interventions such as removing warts or other small skin lesions (lumps and bumps), blepharoplasty (upper and lower eyelid reduction) or lip reduction.
AcuPulse also comes with a special handpiece which allows the fractional technology to be used for vaginal rejuvenation, tightening vaginal tissues and reducing conditions such as, stress urinary incontinence or vaginal dryness which can lead to painful or unfulfilling sexual intercourse.
The Regenerative 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 regenerative treatments. For example,
we include treatments such as Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) which is a second-generation PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). In this treatment, we harvest components such as platelets, leukocytes, and growth factors from your own blood only to then reintroduce it to the treated area AcuPulse. Therefore, we are able to naturally speed the healing response in the resurfaced skin.
How does it work?
AcuPulse is a CO2 (carbon dioxide laser) that we use for skin resurfacing treatments. The laser beam is absorbed (producing heat) by water molecules in the skin, thereafter creating a controlled trauma to the skin.
We use this laser in two modes for skin resurfacing at our London practice:
Fractional ablative mode – Treating small, pixel-sized areas to create dots of micro-trauma, approximately 1mm deep. The healthy skin surrounding each dot generates a rapid healing response to the damaged tissue. Thus, we are able to repair and rejuvenate the affected area by deploying new skin ‘building blocks’ directly in the targeted area.
Full ablative mode – Removing the full surface layers of the skin for complete skin renewal. Even though, this mode takes longer to heal, it produces a far drastic result.
Other settings and hand-pieces allow us to use this laser as a precise surgical tool. A laser scalpel if you will.
How do I know if I am suitable for skin resurfacing treatment ?During your consultation we will discuss your concerns and whether skin resurfacing at our London practice could be used to achieve your best results.
the consultation also includes advising on the laser’s varied options, namely, the fractional ablative skin resurfacing option or the full ablative laser resurfacing.
If you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding you will not be suitable for AcuPulse and will need to await the period of weaning your child before we can embark on a treatment plan.
What can I expect to happen during skin resurfacing treatment ?We will cleanse your skin and apply a numbing cream before prior to your treatment. Thereafter you will be asked to wear special eye gear to protect your eyes from damage during the procedure. You may sense a flicking or snapping sensation as the laser light touches your skin.
How many skin resurfacing treatments will I need?We recommend one session when using the ablative mode and repeated treatments with the fractional mode in a 6 to 12 months period.
Does skin resurfacing hurt?Treatment with AcuPulse is performed using a topical local anaesthetic or numbing cream for facial skin resurfacing. For more ablative options and surgical interventions, a local anaesthetic injection can be used.
For patients who prefer it, or are especially sensitive to pain, ablative AcuPulse resurfacing and surgical interventions can also be performed under sedation or general anaesthesia.
Our doctor is an expert in pain management and will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
What are skin resurfacing possible side effects?Immediately after the procedure, the effects of the anesthesia mean that you experience no discomfort; As it wears off, any additional pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication.
Expect redness and swelling, as well as tenderness for up to one week with fractional facial resurfacing, in some cases longer, depending on the depth of the treatment and whether the full ablation mode was used.
You may notice very small, white dots on the surface of the skin where the laser light has created the micro-trauma areas with the fractional option. You must not scratch or pick these as you could scar the skin or create an infection.
You will be provided with full aftercare advice and treatment protocol.
What skin resurfacing results can I expect?Results from laser skin resurfacing at our London clinic are visible after 2-3 weeks as the area heals, and new skin cells repair the area. This will continue to improve over the following weeks and months.
How long will the skin resurfacing results last?Results from CO2 laser skin resurfacing at our London clinic are long-lasting, depending on number of sessions used in the fractional mode, maintenance protocol, lifestyle and future sun exposure.
Accordingly, and in optimal circumstances, it is expected to last between 3-5 years. When we use the fractional mode, the procedure can be repeated after 6-12 months.