The world is a tough place for a face. Over the years, acne, sun damage and smoking can wreak havoc causing redness, blotches, uneven skin tone and scarring. If you’re unhappy with the condition of your skin and want to see more immediate results than an over-the-counter product can provide, a rejuvenation treatment may be the perfect solution.
Chemical Peel: A chemical peel works by using a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to remove the outer layer of skin (epidermis). If a deeper peel is needed for wrinkles and uneven skin tone, the outer and middle layers of skin may be removed as well. During treatment, the chemicals are brushed on and allowed to sit on the skin for 10 minutes, then washed off and neutralized. Chemical peels may be repeated every four to six weeks as needed to maintain a fresh healthy glow.
Dermabrasion: This technique requires the use of a diamond bur or wire brush to scrape the top layers of skin. This is often referred to as a “finishing technique” because it is used to soften surface irregularities and can be used in conjunction with a facelift. The entire face can be treated or a few localized areas, and Dermabrasion can be done with facelift in areas that have not been undermined. Dermabrasion may also be used to remove pre-cancerous growths (keratoses).
Dermaplaning: In a treatment similar to dermabrasion, the cosmetic surgeon uses a handheld instrument to remove the outer layer of skin. Dermabrasion scrapes the skin, whereas the dermaplaning tool has an oscillating blade that moves back and forth over the blemish or scar until it is even with normal skin tone. As with dermabrasion, the treatment may need to be performed in stages if acne or other scarring is deep.
Microdermabrasion: The mini-me of dermabrasion, microdermabrasion uses a less abrasive instrument to refresh the skin. A small handheld sanding tool is lightly moved over the face to remove the top layer of skin, encouraging new growth and thicker collagen production. It is also effective in treating light wrinkles, large pores and acne scars. Microdermabrasion typically provides the least discomfort and downtime of all rejuvenating techniques.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: Laser resurfacing is a fairly new treatment enabling plastic surgeons to use short pulsating beams of light to target precise blemishes or larger areas of the face. Outer layers of skin are delicately removed and the surface underneath is simultaneously heated to stimulate new collagen growth. To prepare your skin for laser resurfacing, your physician may start you on a series of skin treatments up to 6 weeks before the procedure to minimize complications and help ensure you receive optimal benefit.