Laser Resurfacing in Dublin
Laser skin resurfacing can correct many of the visible signs of damaged skin that develop over the years from sun exposure and exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants. Fractional ablative and non ablative laser treatments hit the sweet spot – they are more effective than intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments, chemical peels, and radio frequency treatments, but less invasive than non-fractional ablative lasers and cosmetic surgery.
At Venus Medical, we perform total laser skin rejuvenation using a fractional CO2 laser. This treatment can dramatically improve your skin’s appearance by reversing signs of sun damage and correcting common age-related skin imperfections like age spots, uneven pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is also effective in tightening loose skin and treating acne scars.
Our aesthetic nurses have years of experience performing non-ablative laser treatments at Venus Medical in Dublin. Our laser technology has evolved over 18 years of experience in Ireland. Our aesthetic doctors and plastic surgeon perform total laser skin rejuvenation for more aggressive peeling. We use numbing cream for level 1 treatments and nerve blocks for the entire face for level 2 treatments. This cosmetic procedure is done in the office and takes 1 to 2 hours.
Laser resurfacing procedures work by using the body’s natural healing processes and accelerating collagen production, which leads to renewal of skin cells. Fractional lasers can essentially replace sun damaged skin with new skin, leaving you looking younger and refreshed.
The laser beam delivers precise energy to the skin, which causes controlled damage and stimulates collagen production, thereby improving the skin texture and appearance.
Removes brown spots
Deep laser resurfacing with a fractional CO2 laser is particularly effective in treating sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, age spots, and acne scars.
Laser skin resurfacing is suitable for all skin types, including light skin types and darker skin tones, provided the laser settings are tuned properly. We use different lasers for Asian skin tones and black skin.
Short downtime, maximum results
CO2 fractional laser is an ablative laser, which means it peels the skin and the laser resurfacing recovery time is about 1 week, much shorter than older non-fractional lasers. If you prefer less downtime, we can use a non-ablative laser.
How we do laser skin resurfacing
First you’ll receive some relaxing medication and a painkiller.
After high resolution photos are taken, we apply strong numbing cream to your face
Level 2 peels
For Level 2 peels, our aesthetic doctor or plastic surgeon will perform full face nerve blocks—this provides profound numbness to the entire face so the procedure is not painful
You are given metal eye shields to protect your eyes. If we’re peeling the eyelids we will apply special ocular shields
The laser is applied and the fractional scanning technology enables peeling (ablation) of the skin’s surface quickly
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure and you can go home immediately after the treatment
“I underwent the Laser Resurfacing treatment at Venus Medical and I am absolutely impressed with the results. Prior to the treatment, my skin had some dark spots and fine wrinkles that made me feel insecure, but after just a few sessions, my skin feels smoother and looks younger and more radiant than ever.
What impressed me the most was how quick and painless the procedure was. The staff at Venus Medical made me feel very comfortable throughout the entire process and gave me clear and precise instructions for skin care after the treatment.
Now, having completed the Laser Resurfacing treatment, I’m excited to go out and show off my new, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin. I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone looking to improve the appearance of their skin quickly and effectively. Thank you, Venus Medical, for making my skin look and feel amazing”
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Frequently asked questions
There are several different types of lasers that are used for skin resurfacing treatments. The choice of laser depends on your skin type, specific skin concerns, and other factors. Common types of devices used for laser skin resurfacing include fractional carbon dioxide CO2 laser that can effectively reduce pigmentation and treat fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. Also ablative is the erbium laser which is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. Non-ablative lasers that have various wavelengths including 1470nm and 2790nm. These preserve surface architecture more so the downtime is less. There is not necessarily a “best laser” for resurfacing, but CO2 is the gold standard for ablative peeling. However, the main determinant of outcomes is the experience of the doctor or clinic performing the treatment.
CO2 fractional laser causes a controlled wound in the deep layers of your skin. Your skin reacts by kickstarting its natural healing process, which leads to collagen remodelling and skin cell renewal. The laser beam is directed at only a fraction of the skin, which means recovery is faster and you have less downtime. The result is fewer dull, dead cells and skin imperfections, leaving you looking younger with fresh skin and a naturally beautiful complexion.
Like all cosmetic treatments, laser skin resurfacing carries some risks, including:
- Discomfort: You may experience some discomfort during and after the procedure, including redness, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area.
- Downtime: The recovery time after laser resurfacing is approximately one week.
- Sun sensitivity: Your skin may be more sensitive to UV rays in sunlight after laser skin resurfacing. You will have to take extra sun protection precautions to protect your skin from sun damage.
- Multiple treatments: Some patients need multiple laser skin resurfacing treatments to achieve optimal results. We offer ablative and non-ablative maintenance laser treatments as part of Everyderm.
Complications: If performed by an untrained person, lasers pose serious risks. Complications of laser resurfacing include dermatitis, prolonged redness, pain, infection, scarring, and changes in skin color and texture.
The downtime or recovery time after a laser skin resurfacing treatment with a fractional CO2 laser is approximately one week. Note that smoking can prolong the healing time. Laser treatments like CO2 that remove the outer layer of damaged skin cause sundamaged brown spots to darken first; then they peel off and the underlying skin looks pink. As collagen production continues, results improve over time.
Expect pinkness and some swelling for the first few days. We prescribe antibiotics and antiviral medication for one week. You will use Vaseline only for the first week and keep your face clean. Pigmented sun spots usually darken and then flake away. After 7-8 days you can wear makeup and sunscreen as well as moisturizer. Although unwanted pigmentation disappears quickly, the full results are seen after 3-6 months as the skin tightening effect continues, leaving your face smooth and clear.
Since the light energy of resurfacing lasers causes ablation (peeling), usually only one treatment is required to replace damaged skin. However, if you are looking for perfect skin or treating significant skin issues like acne scarring, you may be advised more than one treatment over time. Deep peeling is possible for the entire face, but treatments “off-face” such as on the neck should be either avoided or performed using much lighter settings, since this skin is quite different and more prone to prolonged healing and recovery.
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing starts from €1500 for the full face. However, on Everyderm the price is reduced to €399 per month and includes up to 12 skin treatments a year. Our advice is to stay away from cheap laser skin treatments that sound too good to be true. While skin resurfacing is very safe when done by professionals trained in cosmetic and dermatologic surgery, lasers can pose serious risks in untrained hands.
We will provide a detailed pricing for your laser skin resurfacing treatment either during an in-clinic consultation or through MeTime if you decide to have a remote assessment based on your photos and your expectations. If you wish to include other treatments that help redness, pores, texture and skin hydration, you might like to consider Everyderm, our most comprehensive skin programme. Our clinic manager will be happy to discuss payment options with you.