Laser Resurfacing (Face, Hands, and Neck)
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Excessive skin of the upper lids is best treated with routine blepharoplasty techniques. Fat herniation of the lower lids can now be removed surgically via a transconjunctival approach and the skin excess firmed. This has the advantage of leaving the patient without any visible scarring on the lower lids. Acne scars can be improved with laser resurfacing, yielding excellent results superior to the alternative laser resurfacing techniques available.
Patients with a history of pigmentation with pregnancy and medications, radiation exposure, collagen and vascular disorders and those on treatment with Roaccutane are generally not suitable for laser resurfacing. The major complication with this procedure is an increase or loss of pigmentation once healed, and darker skinned individuals are more susceptible. Scarring is a rare complication that can largely be avoided with an experienced operator.
Healing takes place within five to seven days and redness lasts a further two to three weeks. The most important factor in attaining a good result is patient selection. The paler one’s skin is the more predictable is the result and the less the chances are of complications.
Hospital stay is one day and recovery is seven to ten days.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Saul Braun operates from the Netcare Rosebank Hospital, situated in the up-market Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg.