In order to reduce the effects of the sun, aging and some skin disorders, many cosmetic surgery practices have begun using laser skin resurfacing.
These procedures are effective, convenient and safe. The common term for Laser skin rejuvenation is “laser peel” during which damaged outer skin layers are removed, thus stimulating new skin cells development. The results can be smoother, healthier-looking and younger looking skin.
The use of laser on the skin is indicated on patients who have the following skin conditions:
The ideal patient is one who has realistic expectations and is open to discussing any laser skin concerns.
Treatments with lasers are performed in an outpatient setting, usually the physician’s office. They can be done by the physician or by a trained and certified professional called an, “esthetitician”. Anesthesia is local, complimented with sedatives. If the treatments are on the face, the patient’s eyes will be protected with eyecups. Often Invotec’s Swiss Therapy® sheeting is used over the operation site. The time it takes for the procedures is tied to the amount of surface being treated. These treatments take from ½ hour to up to 2 hours.
These are medical procedures, thus, there is some risk. This can include infection, scarring or permanent changes to pigmentation. Always discuss risks with your healthcare provider prior to the treatments.
Costs should be discussed with your healthcare provider prior to the procedure(s).
There are many styles of lasers utilized in Cosmetic Procedures. The primary energy used involves light energy. This does generate some heat. Some laser devices have a coolant attachment mounted on their handpieces. A widespread used alternative to this ancillary equipment, supplied by Invotec International, is Swiss Therapy™ Sheeting. This water-based pad is placed over the area and the laser light is projected through it. Swiss Therapy sheeting provides the patient a local cooling anesthetic effect along with keeping down swelling and redness. Often the cosmetic professional will send sheeting home with the patient to provide post treatment comfort.
The laser providing the highest intensity laser treatment currently available is called the C02 laser. By using its heat generating energy to restrict the collagen bands found below the skin, this laser causes the skin surface to appear tighter and smoother. It also is used in scar, birthmark and wart removal, along with treating wrinkles.
This device is considered more precise than the more powerful laser. It can remove thinner skin layers. Its primary advantage is its reduced risk of permanent changes to natural skin pigmentation, as can occur in darker skin individuals. Erbium lasers also offer patients a shorter healing time.
This type of laser offers a different treatment regime than the other types. It is considered non-evasive thus, there should be very few post treatment side effects or discomfort. This device must be used in a treatment schedule where a series of visits, over weeks or months, are needed in order to reach the desired result.
Usually physicians and surgeons acquire lasers for use in skin resurfacing. Cosmetic surgery is performed by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ENT Surgeons trained in facial plastic procedures, gynecologists and other physicians. Esthetiticians are trained technician who can use lasers to perform skin-resurfacing treatments.
Esthestic (Cosmetic) Surgery of either or both of the eye lids is commonly called Blepharoplasty.
As we age, our eyelids begin to sag and often form bags under our eyes. In some cases, the sagging upper lids grow large enough to affect sight. Usually, blepharoplasty is performed to tighten sagging eyes lids and bags and to contribute to the patient looking younger, around the eyes and mid face.
This type of surgery is most often performed by a Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon, an ENT Facial Plastics Surgeon or a Cosmetic Surgeon. Take care to check your surgeons credentials and experience.
Men and women over the age of 35 are the most common recipients of this eye lid surgical procedure. There is also a special form, termed, “Asian blepharoplasty” where a crease is placed into the oriental upper eye lid to mimic the Caucasian look. This procedure lasts from one to three hours and usually is performed under local anesthesia, with the patient awake. If the patient does not wish to be awake or is having other cosmetic procedures performed, other forms of anesthesia are offered, including general anesthesia.
The patient usually goes home the same day, as Blepharoplasty is consided an outpatient procedure. The Post operative course is usually uneventful with pain medication prescribed to be taken at home. Often, a cold compress, made from a special hyrdomer mask called a Swiss Therpy Eyemask is placed over the eyes in the Operating room, replaced with a second cold and conforming mask in the recovery room and sent home with the patient. If cold compress therpy is used immediately, the swelling and bruising along with discomfort may be lessoned. Read more on Swiss Therapy Eye Masks.
Even though rigorous work should be avoided for at least 21 days, normal lifestyle will begin in 2-3 days. Usually, patients go back to work in about 10 days.
A surgical procedure to repair and reshape the function and form of the nose is called Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty.
Rhinoplasty refers to the repair of the form and function of the nose, while septoplasty is the repair, straighting of the wall that devides the two sections of the nose. Often Septoplasty is performed during Rhinoplasty. Sinus surgery involves repair of the sinus cavaties via the nasal passages.
Elective Rhinoplasty is usually performed under local or twilight anesthesia. Geometry of the nasal bridge and tip, overall size, proportion to the face, can be altered during Rhinoplasty/Septoplasty.
The Plastic or ENT Facial Plastics, or Cosmetic Surgeon may use photos and computor modeling to approximate the expected results of the procedure. As in Blepharoplasty, cold therapy can lesson the post operative swelling and bruising around the eyes and bridge of the nose.
Splinting is an important part of the Septo-Rhinoplasty post Operative course. Often, internal splints will be placed up against both sides of the septum to insure straightness and for protection. The surgeon, upon completion, of the procedure may also place external splinting over the nose to also insure proper alignment and to provide protection. Internal splinting is removed about two weeks after the procedure.
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