Breaking Down Your Skin Resurfacing Treatment Options

Skin resurfacing is a popular non-surgical treatment that can reduce the signs of skin damage caused by aging, sun exposure and other factors. There are several types of skin resurfacing to consider, each with its own benefits. In this post, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Charles S. Lee of Enhance® Medical Center breaks down your skin resurfacing options.

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Skin resurfacing may help reduce the appearance of any of the following types of skin damage:

  • Wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Brown spots
  • Uneven or blotchy pigmentation
  • Minor blemishes

Each skin resurfacing treatment plan must be customized to your unique skin type and goals. Your plastic surgeon will need to examine your desired treatment areas before choosing a skin resurfacing method.

Some types of skin resurfacing work better for specific skin types. Other factors — such as your recovery period — may also influence your treatment plan.

Come to your consultation prepared to discuss the issues that you want to correct. After listening to your concerns and goals, your specialist will explain your options in detail.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can offer a high level of precision. Your specialist uses the laser to remove the top layer of skin and allow a new layer to grow while you recover.

Laser resurfacing can reduce the appearance of many types of skin imperfections. The laser can also offer a slight tightening effect to the treated areas.

Recovery from skin resurfacing can take two weeks. Laser resurfacing isn’t suitable for all skin types, so ask your plastic surgeon whether this option is appropriate for you.

Other Options

If, for whatever reason, you or your plastic specialist feels that laser skin resurfacing isn’t the right treatment for you, there are other options. Chemical peels are one of the most popular alternatives to laser skin resurfacing. This treatment involves the application of an acidic solution to your face. The outer layers of the skin will peel off, and a healthy, new layer will grow back to replace them.

Different types of chemical solutions can be used, including glycolic or salicylic acid. Each topical agent has its own properties. Some are better used for superficial issues and others can penetrate more deeply into the skin. Your treatment can also be targeted to specific facial areas to address your most pressing concerns.

You typically won’t need any downtime after a chemical peel. The peeling process usually lasts around three to five days.

Request a Skin Resurfacing Evaluation

Visit Enhance® Medical Center to discuss your skin resurfacing options in detail. Call 310-271-5954 to schedule your consultation at our Beverly Hills cosmetic surgery office.