Post acne, age spots, stretch marks and spider veins - these manifestations of age spoil the mood of many women. Laser rejuvenation will help you become younger and more attractive, relieve many dermatological problems. How safe, painful and effective such a procedure is. What results can you expect?
Description and Features
Fraction - what is it? This is a laser beam split into several beams. Under its influence, regeneration processes are activated in the body, new collagen and elastin fibers appear. The structure of the epidermis improves, dead cells disappear completely. The first wrinkles on the skin around the eyes begin to appear by the age of 30, and by the age of 40, age-related changes are quite strongly reflected on the face. The laser helps to eliminate the unpleasant manifestations of age - the upper layer of the epidermis, which has lost its elasticity, is completely removed.
Reviews of the fractional rejuvenation procedure are quite controversial. Some women consider her a real salvation from old age. Others note only the high cost, painfulness and the complete absence of the anti-aging effect.
Benefits of laser facial rejuvenation:
- the laser acts precisely, affects only damaged areas, its effect does not apply to nearby tissues;
- under the influence of high temperatures, non-viable cells completely disappear, wrinkles of different depths are smoothed;
- the procedure can be performed on sensitive parts of the face and body - décolleté, skin around the eyes and lips;
- With the help of the latest generation of face rejuvenation products, you can remove a double chin without surgery.
The method of fractional RF-facial rejuvenation ensures the penetration of the laser into the deep layers of the epidermis - point heating allows you to effectively remove pathological changes on the face and body. Among the disadvantages are the high cost of facial rejuvenation, soreness, and a long recovery period.
Reviews often talk about a noticeable result after one session, but doctors recommend doing it again after 3-6 months. First, the doctor performs a thorough make-up removal, after 20 minutes the doctor treats the skin with an anesthetic. According to reviews, many feel only a slight tingling sensation, others complain of unbearable pain. The duration of the procedure is about an hour, it all depends on the size of the treated area.
Overview of types of fractional photothermolysis:
- Ablative - the effect occurs only on the upper layers of the skin, because of the high temperatures they simply evaporate. After this method of facial rejuvenation, the lifting effect manifests itself immediately, suitable for eliminating age-related changes at the initial level.
- Non-ablative - the laser penetrates the lower layers without affecting the upper cells of the epidermis. With its help, global problems are solved when the aging process of the skin is irreversible. Allows you to form a new membrane base, the skin rejuvenates from the inside.
- The maximum effect can be achieved with a reasonable combination of both methods.
For another popular method of rejuvenation, read the article Fractional microneedle mesotherapy - an overview of the procedure.
Features of skin care after laser rejuvenation
Laser facial rejuvenation is a painful procedure, regardless of the sensitivity threshold and the type of anesthesia. The skin requires special care for 2-3 weeks, exposure to sunlight is categorically contraindicated.
Immediately after fractional laser rejuvenation, the treated areas are very painful, pain relieving gels and ointments are of little help. After a few hours, severe swelling occurs, especially if the procedure was performed on the skin around the eyes and nose, and the upper eyelids. The greatest number of edema is observed in a day, sometimes the face turns into almost a ball. To slightly reduce the manifestation of unpleasant symptoms, you should exclude salty foods from the diet, drink diuretic teas. At the next stage, a lot of ichor begins to stand out, crusts appear, which prevent the penetration of microbes into the wounds.
It is strictly forbidden to peel off and touch the crusts. Otherwise, strong inflammatory processes can begin, scars form on the new skin.
Recovery begins in 6-7 days. The crusts become soft, puffiness disappears. For another 28-30 days, the skin will have a bright pink hue, you need to use powerful sunscreens.
How to eliminate the effects of fractional laser rejuvenation:
- severe pain - apply a thick layer of dexpanthenol to the skin;
- long recovery period - it is necessary to take vitamins, not to go out, constantly use restorative medicines;
- vascular network remains - it arises due to the deep penetration of the laser, it is impossible to eliminate the defect, over time it will become less noticeable.
Women with sun allergies or vegetative-vascular dystonia may experience various rashes on their face after fractional rejuvenation.
During the recovery period, you can wash your face only with boiled or ozonized water, peelings are contraindicated.
Indications and contraindications
Laser skin rejuvenation allows you to get rid of acne, age spots, tighten the eyelids, eliminate fine wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. According to some women, it is not very effective for deep facial folds.
Laser facial rejuvenation is a complex and painful procedure, with many serious limitations. Main contraindications:
- tumors of various origins;
- exacerbation of heart and vascular diseases;
- poor blood clotting;
- viral colds accompanied by fever;
- any pathology of infectious etiology.
Among other contraindications are pregnancy and lactation, diabetes mellitus, herpes and other rashes on the face, mental disorders. It is forbidden to rejuvenate the face with a laser with high and low blood pressure, vegetative-vascular dystonia.
Important! Fraxel should not be administered to persons under 17 and over 60.
Photos before and after laser exposure to the skin are impressive - people look 10-15 years younger. But it must be borne in mind that the reality may be slightly different.
“By the age of 35 I developed a deep nasolabial fold and decided to correct the defect using fractional laser rejuvenation. The problem disappeared, but after 10 months there was no trace of the anti-aging effect. The price of the procedure is high, the sensations are very unpleasant - I would like a longer result ”.
“I am 40 years old, my skin is prone to early aging, so I look older than my years. I read the rave reviews of those who did fractional photothermolysis - I decided to take a chance. I did the procedure on the nasolabial folds and eyelids - it was very painful, the anesthesia did not help much. During the recovery period, crusts, constant itching, peeling were very precipitated. Six months have passed, I like the effect, but soon I need to do it again, but I just can't mentally prepare for this. "
“As a teenager, I had severe acne that left a lot of ugly scars. I read reviews about facial skin rejuvenation with a laser and went to the clinic. The impressions are terrible - it hurts and smells burnt. The first day I just ran around the apartment from terrible pain. The scars have become less noticeable, but it will take 5-6 procedures to get rid of them completely ”.
“I had a facelift and an eyelid lift 3 weeks ago, the skin is still recovering, itching a lot, you can't go outside again. During the procedure itself, the pain was bearable, like with a tattoo, but after that I got a terrible herpes. Plus, age spots and wrinkles have not completely disappeared. I believe there are better methods. "
“At the age of 45 I made a present for myself - I decided to remove drooping eyelids and nasolabial folds using a laser. It took me 3 procedures, which were done with an interval of 2 weeks. 3 months have passed, the recovery period was difficult, but now I am happy to look at myself in the mirror. I'm going to do it again in 3 months. "
“I did a facelift twice, at 30 years old, again after 3 years. The skin has become more elastic, fresh, pores have decreased, fine wrinkles have disappeared. But one session is not enough, and the course is expensive. There is an effect, but it is far from what is shown in commercials. "