What is Skin Resurfacing?

Skin rejuvenation is a treatment to resurface your skin and to improve the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin.  Skin rejuvenation can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser, light and other energy-based treatments to chemical peels and other non-ablative methods. The result is a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance to your skin.

Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition and smoking all may contribute to facial wrinkling.  Pigmentary changes of the skin, such as blotchiness or brown spots, may also occur with age or as a result of birth control pills, pregnancy or genetic factors. Prior acne may have made the surface of your skin uneven. These problems, as well as certain other skin conditions, may be improved by skin resurfacing.

Skin rejuvenation or resurfacing ranges in depth of treatment based on the method of choice.  Chemical peels come in many varieties.  The light, or superficial, peels are performed by aestheticians or skin care specialists.  The chemicals may include glycolic, salicylic, lactic or other fruit acids are recommended for skin care maintenance and rejuvenation.  These peels cause little or no downtime and are excellent for skin care maintenance and rejuvenation.

Fine lines, coarse wrinkling or deep acne scarring each may require a different approach to treatment.  Medium depth chemical peels and laser peels are performed by physicians.  The peels used most often are the deeper TCA or phenol-based chemical.  We also offer a laser peel, called the Cutera Pearl laser, which allows for deep peeling while minimizing downtime.  This will address surface pigmentation as well improve texture and tone of skin.  If performed in conjunction with the Pearl Fractional laser, we can also target deeper lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth.  Be prepared for some downtime, usually 4-5 days for the laser peel.

A physician will carefully examine your skin to determine which resurfacing technique, or combination of treatments, will provide you with the best results. Your skin type, the severity of any sun damage, the extent of uneven pigmentation and the depth of skin imperfections will be evaluated to determine which peel is right for you.

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