By Dr. Jennifer Walden,
July 22, 2011
Surgeries Today

If your complexion could use a rewind due to acne scars, superficial lines, blotches, deep pores, liver spots and even sun damage, facial rejuvenation may an option for you to consider. Most treatments are minimally invasive, require less recovery time than a traditional facelift and in just a few sessions, can bring back a smooth, fresh, more youthful appearance to your skin.

Types Of Procedures: Cosmetic surgeons perform a variety of skin rejuvenation/resurfacing techniques that employ the use of handheld sanders, burs and other rotating devices, as well as chemical solutions and lasers to improve the skin and encourage new collagen growth.

Consultation: When you seek consultation from a plastic surgeon or other skin specialist, be sure you have a clear idea about the results you want from skin rejuvenation. Give your physician a complete description so she can help determine the treatment that will yield the best result. Your medical history, age, medications, skin color and skin type will also be used to aid in determining what's right for you.

Chemical Peel: This procedure can be used on the face, hands or neck to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, rough patches, scars and sun damage. Chemical peels will not reduce the size of your pores nor correct deep scars. It should not be used on patients with very dark skin or those with a history of warts or abnormal pigmentation, as the treatment may not be as effective.

Dermabrasion: Also known as dermaplaning, this technique works well in smoothing deep scars developed either from an accident or acne. It is also used to remove precancerous growths and in minimizing fine lines. Dermabrasion may be used in sections or over the entire face. It is not recommended for dark complexions as the skin may be permanently discolored by the procedure. Patients who are prone to allergic skin reactions, fever blisters and cold sores may experience a flare up, and therefore should be pre-medicated appropriately.

Laser Resurfacing: Treating the skin with this technique encourages new collagen growth (improving elasticity) which aids in achieving a smoother, tighter appearance. Laser resurfacing can help minimize birthmarks and warts, improve skin tone, reduce large oil glands, make fine lines and wrinkles less visible and also treat acne scars. As with other skin rejuvenation treatments, patients with dark skin may not see optimal results and might experience skin lightening in the treated area. This treatment will not improve active acne or sagging skin.

Many salons offer facial rejuvenation as part of their menu of services but many are not adequately trained or qualified to perform such a highly specialized cosmetic procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers a referral site to aid in your search. When you visit this site you'll have the confidence of knowing each member is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.