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Skin Resurfacing: Chemical Peel, Dermabrasion & Laser Resurfacing

Chemical Peel

Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for this purpose. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient's needs. Although chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, it is not a substitute for such surgery, nor will it prevent or slow the aging process.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning help to "refinish" the skin's top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.

Dermabrasion is most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents or previous surgery, or to smooth outline facial wrinkles, such as those around the mouth. It's also sometimes used to remove the pre-cancerous growths called keratoses. Dermaplaning is commonly used to treat deep acne scars.

Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning can be performed on small areas of the skin or on the entire face. They can be used alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift, scar removal or revision, or chemical peel.

Laser Resurfacing

If you've ever wished that you could "renew" your complexion to make it smoother and more event-toned, laser resurfacing may be a good option for you. Cosmetic laser resurfacing, also called "laser peel", is a procedure that smoothes the facial skin by using a laser to refinish damaged areas of uneven pigmentation. The result is a fresher , smoother complexion.

You may be a good candidate for laser resurfacing if you have any of the following conditions:

  • fine lines, especially around the eyes
  • vertical lines around the mouth
  • facial scars caused by injury or accident
  • scars caused by acne
  • areas of uneven pigmentation, such as age spots
  • lines on the cheeks caused by sun damage.
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