Sun damage and aging can contribute to the formation of fine wrinkles in the skin of the face. This is often most noticeable around the lips and eyelids. Additional changes related to sun exposure and aging including thinning of the skin, pigmentation changes, prominent capillaries (small blood vessels) and texture irregularities.
The basic principle of skin resurfacing is to promote and reorganize the superficial layers of the skin, thereby improving the color, texture and smoothness of the skin. This is done by removal of the most superficial layers of the skin, this stimulates the growth of new layers of skin that has the improved qualities listed above. The removal is superficial enough to prevent scarring while allowing the deeper skin cells to grow, thus resurfacing the skin. The method of skin resurfacing differs primarily in the mode in which the superficial skin layers are removed.
In general, the depth of skin that is ablated or removed will determine the overall improvement as well as the recovery time. Recovery includes a variable amount of redness although pain is usually minimal.
Beware the promise of great results with little or no recovery–multiple products with similar promises have proven this to indeed be “too good to be true” over the course of time.
Mild chemical agents are used to promote peeling of the superficial layers of skin. Multiple different preparations can be used to alter the depth of penetration and thereby the degree of skin remodeling achieved. Anesthesia depends upon the type of peel used but varies from ice applied prior to peeling, to moderate or general sedation.
Multiple types of laser have been used for skin resurfacing in the past. As with all resurfacing techniques, the depth of skin ablated determines the overall improvement while also incurring prolonged recovery. Anesthesia is similar to chemical peeling and recovery generally well tolerated.
Dr. Pero utilizes fractional CO2 laser technology to provide excellent clinical results with minimum downtime. Patients can expect some redness and swelling (like a sunburn) for 4-5 days on average following the treatment. The skin will undergoing smoothing of fine wrinkles, decreased irregular brown spots and pigmentation that continues to improve over the next several months. The results are long-lasting and can give you the glow you are looking for!
Dermabrasion involves the mechanical removal of the superficial skin layers
via the use of rough surfaces applied to the skin. Often used for scar revision, it is also useful for local (around lips or lower eyelids) or generalized facial resurfacing.
Follow the link above entitled “Patient Photos” to see previous patients results following many of our procedures.