Dermatologists and plastic surgeons use skin resurfacing techniques to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and discolorations. Skin resurfacing usually involves some kind of treatment to (or through) the outer layers of skin in order to stimulate the formation of new skin cells and collagen. It can be done with physical abraders, chemicals or lasers.
At The Cosmetic and Skin Surgery Center, we offer all methods of resurfacing. The best choice will depend on your goals.
For patients who want smoother, brighter skin without any downtime.
We recommend starting with Microdermabrasion or light chemical peels. Both of these techniques gently peel the stratum corneum (outer dead layer), which leaves the skin feeling smoother. Makeup goes on easier, and the skin has a brighter appearance. A series of these treatments can lead to further smoothing, improvement of discolorations, and even modest improvements in fine lines.
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For patients who desire more results, but still cannot afford a lot of downtime.
We recommend Nonablative-Fractionated Resurfacing. Nonablative-fractionated lasers (example: Fraxel Restore, Palomar 1540)resurface the skin through an array of precise microbeams that coagulate (heat) the epidermis and dermis. Because there is no ablation (removal) of skin, there are no open wounds, less risk, and much less recovery time compared to ablative laser resurfacing. A series of Nonablative-Fractionated laser treatments can improve fine lines and some types of acne scars.
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For patients who desire maximum results in one treatment.
We recommend Ablative Laser Resurfacing. No other technique works as well on wrinkles, scars, or sun damaged skin. Ablative lasers (example: Fraxel Repair, Mixto) remove all or fractions of the outer layers of skin in order to allow new skin cells and collagen to form. We use a combination of fully-ablative and fractionally-ablative techniques to achieve the best results with the least amount of risk and downtime. Treatments can be done lightly or aggressively, depending on the patient’s goals.
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With any resurfacing technique, we always recommend smart sun habits and specialized skin care products. Good skin health leads to optimum, maintainable results.