Microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, chemical peel, and other skin rejuvenation treatments can be effective weapons in reducing the signs of aging. Aging signs that can be eliminated or reduced by the use of some or all of these treatments include: fine lines, deeper wrinkles, crow’s feet, flaking skin, and superficial skin defects such as some age spots, acne scars, and stretch marks.
These treatments are not as extreme as surgical facelifts, but are a step up from simply using an anti-wrinkle cream to eliminate wrinkles. Skin rejuvenation procedures such as microdermabrasion can also be an effective alternative to injectables such as botox.
The procedures are different, but sometimes may be used in combination in order to achieve certain desired results. The treatments may be performed in the surgeon’s office facility, as an outpatient at a hospital, or admittance to the hospital for an overnight stay. It all depends on the type of treatment, the extent of the treatment, and possibly the preference of the physician.
Keep in mind that the anti-aging benefits produced by this class of treatments will not last forever. New skin that results from these treatments will age. Proper skin care needs to be practiced on the new skin in order to slow the skin aging process as much as possible.
A brief description of dermabrasion and the other skin rejuvenation procedures is provided below. For more detailed information, please click on the respective link.
Microdermabrasion is a subtle technique when compared to other skin resurfacing procedures. The skin surface undergoes gentle abrasion or polishing, to remove the uppermost layer, by using a hand-held device that blows fine crystals onto the skin.
Dermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure that is a lot more aggressive on the skin. A high-speed rotary wheel with a roughened surface or brush is used to remove several layers of skin.
A chemical peel treatment is available in mild, moderate, and strong forms. The strength of the treatment depends on the amount of aging signs present and the severity of aging signs that need to be reversed. Chemical peels involve the use of mild acids to strip away layers of aged skin.
ELECTROSURGICAL RESURFACING (“Cold Ablation”)
Electrosurgical resurfacing involves the use of a micro-electrical radio frequency that delivers a pulse of energy to the skin.
Laser resurfacing differs from other skin rejuvenation techniques because there is no physical contact between an abrasive substance or chemical solution and the skin. Instead, laser resurfacing uses a high-energy light beam of light to vaporize the upper skin layers and thus reduce the signs of skin aging.
Photo rejuvenation also differs substantially from techniques such as microdermabrasion. Photo rejuvenation targets deeper skin tissues in order to reduce the signs of aging. It uses intense pulses of filtered light that penetrate the outer skin layers without damaging them.
The purpose of this web page is to provide general information about micro-dermabrasion, chemical peel, and laser resurfacing procedures. Of course, a decision on which treatment may be right for you will have to be thoroughly discussed with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon that is qualified to perform and experienced with these techniques. Ensure that you determine what the expected results will be for micro and regular dermabrasion or laser resurfacing treatments before proceeding.