Skin resurfacing procedures are designed to improve the texture of the skin, reduce fine wrinkling and remove pigmented “age spots.” Resurfacing treatments may be superficial or deep. Superficial treatments target only the outer layers of the skin, removing the dead cells (exfoliation) and allowing skin cell regeneration. Deep treatments penetrate the deeper layers to stimulate changes beneath the skin’s surface. The most common methods are chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. All these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in the office setting.
Skin Resurfacing Treatments at Allure Plastic Surgery
Chemical peels — A mild acid solution is applied to the face, causing the top, damaged layer of skin to blister and peel off, leaving a newer, fresher layer of healthy skin in its place. Depending on the sensitivity of the patient’s skin and the amount of skin damage present, either a superficial or deep chemical peel can be applied.
Dermabrasion — A method of removing the thin, top layer of damaged skin using a rotating device (a motorized wheel or brush) to scrape, or “sand,” it off. When the skin heals, it has a smoother and suppler look and a more even tone.
Laser Skin Resurfacing — This type of skin resurfacing uses a laser to remove the top layer of skin, including the dead skin cells and any uneven pigmentation and scarring that is present, leaving a fresh new layer of skin in its place.
Good Candidates for Skin Resurfacing
You might benefit from one of Allure Plastic Surgery’s skin resurfacing treatments if you:
- Have fine lines or wrinkles on your face
- Have age or liver spots
- Have sun damage
- Have acne scars
After a Skin Resurfacing Treatment
The amount of associated downtime is related to the depth of the resurfacing treatment. Immediately following the treatment, there will be a certain amount of redness and possibly swelling in the face. The surgeon may apply ointment and/or surgical dressings to the face for the first few days to help with healing.
Sunscreen should be applied to the face every day, and is especially important while the skin is healing. New skin will begin to form about seven to 10 days after treatment, causing most of the redness to subside. Depending on the type and depth of treatment, the skin may still be pink for several weeks after treatment, though makeup can be used to cover it, as needed.
Bending and lifting should be avoided for the first week after a treatment, and most patients can return to work within a week or two. After treatment, patients will see an immediate improvement in their skin tone and texture, though the final results may not be apparent for several months. The final results often last for years.
Learn More about Skin Resurfacing at Allure Plastic Surgery
Would you like to know which type of skin resurfacing treatment we recommend to correct your skin problems? If you would like to renew the look of your face by diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases and skin damage, call our skin specialists at Allure Plastic Surgery to learn more about the treatments we offer. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call us today at (305) 224-8015.