Skin resurfacing involves superficial to deep exfoliative or skin smoothing procedures. With aging and normal sun exposure, environmental damage and genetics, the skin develops wrinkles, brown spots, red spots, redness, pigmentation, raised spots, freckling, actinic sun damage, and a rough skin texture. In addition, some people have a history of acne scarring, traumatic scars, deep pores and an irregular skin texture.
Resurfacing the skin means essentially “sanding it down,” removing old damaged skin, and stimulating new skin formation and collagen synthesis using thermal, physical, or chemical techniques. The goals are a smoother and clearer complexion, with more uniform tone, less wrinkles, and a more youthful appearance. To find out how skin resurfacing can benefit your complexion, please call Desert Hills Plastic Surgery Center at (702) 260-7707 for a consultation at our Las Vegas office.
Getting the Most from Skin Resurfacing
The hands, neck, and chest are more difficult areas to treat with skin resurfacing because the skin in these areas does not have sebaceous and oil glands as a source of new skin cells. Some surgeons are willing to treat these other areas with less aggressive techniques, but expect longer healing times, increased risks, and subtle results.
Optimal outcomes require that patients participate in an ongoing regular skin care routine both before and after their procedure in order to enhance and maintain results. Regular sunscreen usage is mandatory.
Skin Resurfacing and Other Procedures
Skin resurfacing can tighten the skin to a small degree, but is no substitute for skin tightening surgery such as facelifts, neck lifts, brow lifts, and eye lifts. It is often adjunctive to comprehensive facial rejuvenative surgery.
Facelifts, for example, do not remove wrinkles or improve skin texture. Skin lifting surgery elevates and repositions sagging tissues and tightens skin, but does not change the surface of the skin. Deep wrinkles are improved but are essentially still there, wrinkles around the mouth don’t change, and blotchy pigmentation remains unchanged. If anything, deep wrinkles can be reoriented in the direction of the traction pulled on the skin. Unusually oriented wrinkles can be a tell tale sign of facial surgery, so these need to be treated either by skin resurfacing techniques or injections of fillers to diminish their appearance.
Skin Resurfacing Options
Skin resurfacing can be done aggressively in one setting with dramatically noticeable results. These deeper treatments have associated discomfort requiring local or general anesthesia, specialized after care, and post-procedural medications to alleviate discomfort. Downtime can be prolonged.
Alternatively, skin resurfacing can be done more conservatively and superficially with no downtime, little discomfort and much more subtle results. However, expect the need for multiple treatments regularly spaced over long periods of time to achieve desired improvements.
For more information about which skin resurfacing procedure is right for you, please contact Desert Hills Plastic Surgery Center online or call (702) 260-7707 today. Dr. Hayley Brown welcomes patients in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, and throughout the country.