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Health Tourism in Spain: Laser Skin Resurfacing

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For centuries, women have longed for the skin of their youth. Cleopatra took milk baths in an effort to have more beautiful skin and the women of the courts of the French kings washed their faces with fermenting wine.

Cosmetic Surgery available in Costa del Sol

Less than 3 hours ?from London, Costa del Sol is now Europes capital for health tourism cosmetic surgery.

Jump on a EasyJet flight for 100 euros return from most London airports off season and enjoy a winter break or summer weekend in Marbella and rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

This is how it starts.

Then add in the many Womans glossy magz and then you have a perfect cocktail for a plastic surgeons dream.

Holiday Tourism is Big Business

Many woman form the UK and all over Europe are now looking at Spain and the Golden Mile in particular as Europes place to be when it comes to breast augmentation or Liposuction.

Not only is Spain’s health care head and shoulders over the UK and most other nations to be fair (voted 7th best in world) but the strength of the pound against the Euro is encouraging woman in the UK to visit the sunny shores of Marbella to join the elite on the surgical beds.

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When you think of the prices that most Harley St skilled surgeons charge from eight thousand pounds you can get the same level of procedure plus a sun tan for upto 50% less on the golden mile.

Lase Skin Healing

Modern women have a better way to rejuvenate their skin using lasers. While no one can turn back the hands of time, advances in laser technology can greatly improve the skin and help restore its youthfulness and clarity.

Years of exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants as well as the aging process can leave the skin with wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and roughness. Fortunately, laser technology can improve the appearance and restore youthfulness to the skin.

The Spanish?Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that laser skin resurfacing was one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the U.S. in 2011, along with Botox, facial fillers, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

Traditionally, skin resurfacing has been performed with dermabrasion or acid peels. Today the new state-of-the-art lasers are a better option because they allow more precision. So what is laser resurfacing and what are the benefits?

Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing Lasers

There are two types of lasers used for cosmetic skin resurfacing ? ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the outer layer of the skin to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and scars revealing fresher, more youthful skin. Using the ablative laser, the physician can reach much deeper levels and affect more significant changes than would be possible with most other common modalities of treatment.

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A non-ablative laser is less invasive and conducts heat deeper into the dermis, bypassing the top layer of skin to treat the skin tissue beneath. The heat causes the collagen to rebuild thereby diminishing wrinkles.

The laser emits an intense beam of light with a specific wavelength which targets the area to be treated. The difference in the types of lasers has to do with wavelength. The heat inactivates or destroys cells in the target area without having a significant effect on the other cells that surround it. Different laser wavelengths, or colors of light, target different skin issues. Therefore, there are a variety of laser types to treat them.

Choosing the right physician to perform your treatment is one of the most important things to consider. You will want to choose a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is board certified and who has extensive experience with laser skin resurfacing.

There are a number of things for the physician to consider in determining who is a good candidate for laser treatments. He or she will assess the overall health of the patient, skin type, and ethnic background, among other things. The doctor will want to know if you get cold sores and any medications or supplements you are taking.

It is also important to stop smoking before the treatment as smoking can impede the healing process. Skin tone is of particular importance.

A dark skin tone would make someone unsuitable for laser skin resurfacing due to the possibility of loss of color or darkening of the skin. Sun exposure must be avoided as skin that is tanned or sunburned cannot be treated, making fall and winter the best time of the year for this. A physician would not perform treatment on a patient who has active acne.

The best candidates are:

  • Physically and emotionally healthy
  • Non-smoker
  • Have a desire to look younger and more refreshed
  • Are of suitable skin tone
  • Realistic in their expectations

The type of anesthesia used depends on the depth of the laser peel. Lighter, more superficial ablative treatment may require only a mild sedative medication and topical numbing cream while the deeper, more invasive treatments can require that the patient be put into a ?twilight sleep?.

Your surgeon will discuss types of anesthesia to determine which is the best option for you.

Downtime can range from three days to a couple of weeks depending on the depth of the resurfacing. A lighter, more superficial peel will result in pinkness and mild flaking of the skin. Deeper resurfacing will stimulate the growth of new skin to replace the skin that was removed and can take up 10-14 days.

Swelling after laser resurfacing is normal.

Although uncommon, complications such as hyperpigmentation (increase in skin pigment) and hypopigmentation (decrease in skin pigment) can occur.

Your physician will discuss the possible complications following laser skin resurfacing. Having your procedure performed by a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who has had considerable experience will greatly minimize the risks.

We have come a long way since the days of milk baths and fermenting wine. Cleopatra would have loved this.