What Is Skin Resurfacing?
It’s natural for people to want to achieve perfection in everything that they do and in the way in which they look too. Skin resurfacing is one of the major methods for removing imperfections from the face, neck, hands and the rest of the body. These range from wrinkles, fine lines and age spots to scars left by acne, diseases, injuries or surgical treatments. There are three main types of skin resurfacing treatments and each one works in a specific way to produce the desired results. It is worth looking at all of them.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
This is the trendies of beauty treatments at present. It involves using pulses of strong light for removing the topmost layer of the skin and heating the layers below. This triggers a natural response in the body. It produces new skin cells to heal itself. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and softer. The application of heat stimulates collagen production. With more of this essential compound, the skin becomes plump again.
Given its effects, laser skin resurfacing has a wide range of applications. It is used extensively as an anti-aging treatment for the removal of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sun spots and for fighting sagginess which usually occurs on the face and neck. This treatment can also be helpful for removing different types of scars including acne scars. It usually works best for scars with small to moderate depth.
These skin resurfacing treatments have been around for quite some time. A specially formulated mixture is applied on the face and often on the neck too. It has to stay on the face for a short period of time. Then it is removed gently. The purpose of the peel is to remove the topmost layer of the skin and stimulate skin regeneration. This doesn’t happen immediately, however. The process is gradual and make take up to several weeks to be completed.
While chemical peels trigger the growth of new skin cells like the laser treatment does, they don’t provide the same high stimulation to collagen production. That is why it typically takes longer for people to get the desired results. Still, they work well for removing various types of imperfections, from age spots, discoloration and wrinkles to acne scars. They help for brightening the skin too.
Dermabrasion is the medical name of mechanical exfoliation. The treatment involves the use of a specially designed device for removing the topmost layer of the skin. It has to be operated by an experienced dermatologist, of course. Microdermabrasion offers less deep skin resurfacing. There are even microdermabrasion tools designed for home use.
One of the key things which make dermabrasion and microdermabrasion stand out is that the treatment can be performed with an advanced precision tool which has a very small tip. This allows the dermatologist to target fine lines, wrinkles and spots in small and sensitive areas such as those around the eyes and the lips. That is why microdermabrasion is often used for enhancing the effects of chemical peels.
When choosing a skin resurfacing treatment, you need to consider your skin type to make the best decision.