If you are struggling to maintain a soft, healthy, and younger-looking appearance, then professional skin resurfacing treatments may be what you need! These procedures are designed to hydrate, exfoliate, and cleanse the neck and face. These treatments can even help you fight exposure to various elements like the sun and prevent signs of aging.
Skin resurfacing is an excellent way to reveal a youthful, healthy complexion, rejuvenate your skin, and eliminate minor flaws. If you are considering treatment, it is essential to see a qualified plastic surgeon who will give you expert advice and service. Together, you can decide on whether a chemical peel, dermabrasion, or laser treatment is right for you.
What is Skin Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing is a procedure done on your face and neck to eliminate skin irregularities. These concerns are often related to texture, like acne scars and wrinkles, and changes in pigmentation like visible blood vessels, sunspots, and freckles. Skin resurfacing uses different methods to treat various aspects of damaged skin like chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser treatment.
Depending on your needs, your plastic surgeon will recommend the best procedure. They will provide treatment to help resurface your skin by removing wrinkles, acne scars, freckles, discoloration, growths, and blemishes.
You may go through a series of treatments and multi-step approaches to give you excellent results. To achieve a lasting and stunning glow, you must be committed to protecting your skin after completing your treatment.
Who Qualifies for Professional Skin Resurfacing?
If you are an adult in good general health, you will likely qualify for skin resurfacing treatments.
Common conditions that can be treated through skin resurfacing include:
- Dull skin that has lost its glow because of clogged pores and buildup of dead cells
- Scars with raised borders or appear pitted resulting from injury or acne
- Wrinkles that show when you smile and those visible when your facial muscles relax
- Pigmentation changes due to the sun resulting in dark patches, freckles, or sunspots
- Vascular conditions cause reddening of the face, visibility of blood vessels on the skin surface, and vascular lesions
Chemical Peels to Reveal A Natural Glow
A peel is a chemical solution that removes the outer skin layers. Your plastic surgeon swabs or brushes the chemical solution onto your skin, leaving it on for enough time for it to gently remove dead skin layers. The chemical mixture is removed, and, in a few days, the old skin layers begin to peel on their own. The results reveal a younger and smoother-looking complexion.
There are deep, medium, and light chemical peels. Lighter treatments use mild acid solutions and reach the epidermis partially. Medium and deep peels address severe acne, sun damage, and wrinkling. We will administer anesthesia for your comfort during treatment. Your surgeon will advise you on the type of peel for optimal results based on your skin type.
Chemical Peel Benefits
Chemical peels can improve your skin by reducing or removing discoloration, age spots, and blotchiness. Chemical peel skin resurfacing tones and tightens the skin, making it brighter. This option can also remove precancerous or keratosis growths.
Dermabrasion Options for Smoother & Healthier Looking Skin
Dermabrasion is not recommended for all skin types because it can affect pigmentation. This method involves a powerful yet gentle mechanical exfoliation technique. Your plastic surgeon uses a professional instrument to remove the damaged skin layer by layer until they reach the desired depth. You will likely receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. After treatment, protect your skin from the sun as it is still tender.
Benefits to Expect with Dermabrasion
The purpose of dermabrasion is to encourage new cell growth and improve your skin by minimizing wrinkles and vertical lip lines. It also smoothens the skin, balances complexion, and removes acne scars and blemishes. Dermabrasion helps to reveal younger, smoother, and healthier skin.
Innovative Laser Treatments to Improve Texture & Appearance
Laser treatments can improve your skin's appearance, texture, and tone using highly-concentrated beams of light energy. This is often achieved using ablative and non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers work to remove the outer skin layers, allowing new skin to heal in its place.
Depending on your desired results, skin concerns, and type, your surgeon will determine which laser application is ideal and how deep it should penetrate your skin. Non-ablative lasers do not break the surface of your skin. They work by encouraging collagen growth and restoring its natural tone and firmness by heating the skin below the surface.
These treatments are more gradual than ablative lasers. There is minimal downtime, and it delivers long-lasting results. Full results from laser resurfacing can take time, even months, to grow collagen and new cells. After the treatment, your skin could appear pink for a few weeks before it subsides.
Young, smooth, and healthy skin is a significant boost to your confidence. At Baltimore-Washington Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Thomas Le provides professional skin resurfacing treatments and expert advice to resolve various skin concerns.
If you are struggling with sunspots, wrinkles, acne, injury scars, or dullness, our experienced facial plastic surgeon can rejuvenate your skin through laser treatments, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. Contact our Ellicott City plastic surgeon to schedule your consultation!