RESURFACING (dermabrasion, laser surgery, and chemical peel)
Dermabrasion, Laser Surgery and Chemical Peels are all types of skin resurfacing procedures that help smooth and refine damaged complexions. These procedures can help to reverse the effects of sun damaged skin that causes fine lines and wrinkles, or improve the look of acne or other light scars, and can remove pre-cancerous skin growths called keratoses.
The choice of procedure is based on the type of damage needed to be repaired, and the skin color, type, ethnic background, and age of the patient. A careful examination of your skin and a detailed history performed by the physician will determine the best method.
LASER SKIN RESURFACING:
All of these procedures usually take an hour or less and they are generally done on an outpatient basis, under sedation analgesia. Except for the mild Chemical Peel, redness and mild swelling can be expected afterwards and the treated area may sting or burn. Most discomfort can be controlled by ice packs and medication prescribed by the doctor, and will subside in a couple of days. Prescribed ointments, which enhance the healing process, also help to eliminate scabbing and crusting. During this time it is very important to follow the doctors post-op instructions and to avoid sunlight as much as possible. Although the skin may remain quite pink, with the help of non-allergenic make-up, most patients feel and look good enough to return to school or work in a week or two depending on the scope of the treatment.
Healing may take several months. However, once the pinkness fades, patients usually notice a significant improvement in the quality of their skin and a fresher smoother appearance.
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