What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a technique using a laser to remove the top layer of skin to encourage new skin growth. It is reported to reduce wrinkles and small marks and blemishes. There are two main types of laser resurfacing: ablative and non-ablative lasers.
Ablative laser resurfacing uses a technique to vaporise the skin tissue and in doing so removes the surface layer of your skin, known as the epidermis. This exposes the lower layer of your skin known as the dermis. The process, using heat, causes the skin tissue to tighten and stimulates new collagen growth.
It is the collagen that gives your skin structure, strength and elasticity. As the skin heals and new skin regrows the skin should appear softer, less wrinkled or scarred than before.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing doesn’t destroy the upper layer of your skin (the epidermis) but targets the dermis. It heats up the dermis to encourage new skin to grow and to stimulate collagen growth.
As ablative laser resurfacing effectively strips the top layer of skin away, the recovery time is much longer – usually several weeks – but it does provide more dramatic results. That being said, there is a greater risk of side effects.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing is gentler on the skin and side effects, such as redness to the skin, can resolve within hours.
What Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing are Available?
There are two types of ablative laser that your practitioner may use, the first being carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. This laser goes deeper into the skin and comes with more side effects. The second is Er:YAG laser, which is absorbed by the surface of the skin and therefore does not penetrate as deep.
These types of laser may are often used in combination to get the desired effect.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing Used For?
Laser skin resurfacing uses heat to remove and/or stimulate the skin to remove the skin and encourage new skin growth. Once the skin has healed and recovered, it should appear smoother with fewer wrinkles, blemishes or scars than it did before.
Some examples include:
How is Laser Skin Resurfacing Administered?
In most cases, the practitioner will administer a local anaesthetic. This may be in the form of small injections or creams to numb the surface of the skin, which is to be treated. You may also be offered a sedative to reduce anxiety. Depending on the area to be treated you may be given an eye shield.
In some cases – usually if the whole face is to be treated – the procedure will be carried out under general anaesthesia, meaning that you will be asleep during the procedure.
When the procedure begins, a small laser beam will be passed over the area to be treated. The laser will be controlled to ensure the right depth of skin is penetrated. This will continue until the target area of skin has been removed or the right depth is penetrated. After the laser treatment, your surgeon may cover your face with an ointment or dressing to protect it while it heals.
Are There any Side Effects?
As with other cosmetic procedures, laser skin resurfacing does come with risks and side effects. These will affect everyone differently and may include:
You will be given advice from the practitioner before and after the procedure, and it is important that you follow this advice. As the areas of skin may have been removed, you may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
It may take several weeks for the skin to heal. This will increase or decrease depending on the size of the area treated and the depth of the laser. During the recovery time, the skin will heal much like another wound you may have had before. The skin may scab over and become red. The skin may peel and swell.
How Long Will My Case Take to Run?
Given the complexities involved in pursuing Cosmetic Surgery claims, they can often take 18-24 months to conclude and longer if Court proceedings have to be issued. Our investigations start by obtaining all relevant records and protocols before approaching independent medical experts for their opinion. We will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.
How Much is My Claim Worth?
It is often difficult to value cosmetic claims at their outset, given the complexities involved. However, we will pursue two forms of compensation:
Why use Oakwood Solicitors to Bring Your Cosmetic Surgery Claim?
We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of Cosmetic Negligence.
We want to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, medical terms that they don’t understand, and we aim to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.
How is My Case Funded?
The majority of Cosmetic cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a ‘no-win, no-fee’ agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay up front and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost. If you are successful in your claim, a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.
It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations. If an ATE insurance policy has to be obtained, the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point.
The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
If you have suffered as the result of cosmetic treatment, get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.