Skin resurfacing comprises of a variety of major, long term and permanent plastic surgery, temporary non-invasive skin treatments, and less invasive midrange surgical procedures.
Aging, exposure to sunlight, lifestyle including alcohol intake, unhealthy eating habits, smoking and hereditary factors contribute to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
The pigment changes of the skin, including brown spots or blotchiness, might also come about with age or due to the usage of contraceptive pills, pregnancy or hereditary factors. Acne outbursts in the past may also make the surface of the skin uneven. Such problems, as well as certain other skin disorders can be treated with skin resurfacing.
The skin resurfacing procedure is ideal for you if you have either one or more of the following skin conditions:
• Blotchy skin or brown spots
• Wrinkles on the face or sun damaged skin
• Crow’s feet lines around the eyes
• Vertical wrinkles around the mouth like the one that cause lipstick "bleeds"
• Skin laxity around the lower eyelid area
• Fine lines on the upper eyelids
• Superficial scars on the face due to an injury in the past
• Any kind of precancerous skin growths
• Scars caused due to chicken pox or acne
Patients can opt for skin resurfacing treatment at almost any age. You might have certain characteristics that make you an ideal candidate for a particular technique rather than another or perhaps your surgeon may prefer a technique for you, based on his personal experience with all the different methods.
The time needed for recovery can also be an important factor while deciding on a particular skin resurfacing procedure or determining the degree of treatment. Every skin resurfacing procedure can be performed to varying depths.
A superficial treatment would require lesser healing time. However, patients may need to repeat the procedure more than once in order to achieve results that are similar to a deeper treatment procedure. In case patients are undergoing an aesthetic surgery such as an eyelid surgery or a facelift, they may be able to undergo skin resurfacing at the same time.
Today, there are various resurfacing options to choose from. All these skin-resurfacing procedures basically achieve results in the same way. There are parts of the skin that are strategically injured. As the process of healing progresses, a healthier and younger looking skin emerges. The part that differentiates the different skin resurfacing procedures is, the way in which the layers of skin are injured. Dermabrasion makes use of a high-speed rotary wheel, laser resurfacing utilizes a laser beam and chemical peels involve the application of a caustic solution. Mentioned below are some of the skin resurfacing procedures:
Laser Skin Resurfacing:
Laser skin resurfacing makes use of a laser light in order to treat deeper layers of the skin as compared to microdermabrasion, however it is not as deep as a laser scar removal. This revolutionary laser treatment provides results that last longer and produce minimal discomfort in comparison to other alternatives.
The microdermabrasion procedure is a less invasive treatment for the skin surface and it is performed without the use of anesthesia. The treatment results in a fresher and vibrant looking skin with almost no recovery time. Microdermabrasion improves signs of aging on the facial area, neck, and arms in around one hour of treatment.
Chemical peels deal with several cosmetic and corrective problems such as, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and removing precancerous growths. There are many types of peels to choose from.
The vibraderm procedure is an alternative to the Microdermabrasion procedure. This procedure stimulates the natural collagen production and exfoliation of the skin. Vibraderm helps treat mild acne scarring, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, clogged pores and poor skin texture.
The micro pigmentation procedure, which is also called permanent makeup, helps treat pigmentation in the epidermis as well as the dermis layers, to last longer. It is extremely important to be sure of the practitioner’s qualifications before this treatment.
The term photo rejuvenation is used to describe the different energy based procedures for accelerated skin care, including thermal procedures, chemical procedures and mechanical procedures such as the lasers.
The thermage is a thermal energy-based device that has been recently approved by the FDA for the improvement of facial contour lines and tightening of facial skin. Thermage is clinically proven to help in smoothing the skin, tightening it and offering an overall youthful looking skin. This treatment delivers positive results with little to no downtime.