Skin resurfacing is a means of removing layers of skin to promote growth of new blemish-free skin cells and also aid the production of collagen. The skin can be resurfaced using a number of different techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every surgeon will have their preferred method of resurfacing. Some procedures are more invasive than others and can only be performed by qualified practitioners.
Skin Resurfacing Options
The alternatives with resurfacing the skin depend on how intense you need the treatment. The main techniques include ablative lasers, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. Laser resurfacing and dermabrasion are the more invasive options which can treat acne scarring, birthmarks, scars, sun damage and deep wrinkles. Both methods can be used to remove deep layers of the skin. Lasers are a safer option with more predictable results than dermabrasion. These procedures are usually carried out using one session, but can be spread out over multiple sessions to treat more problematic areas.
If you only need to smooth out crow’s feet, fine lines or acne scarring, then you may opt for microdermabrasion. This procedure is much less invasive but can only treat surface skin. It will not eliminate deep wrinkles, birth marks or deep acne scarring. Multiple treatments will be required to achieve beneficial results.
Skin Resurfacing Recovery
The more invasive skin resurfacing options are painful and require vigilant after care and lengthier downtime. Dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing recovery take at least two weeks for your skin to heal. However, your face will remain red for about two months. You will experience itchiness and scabbing or crusting. You must avoid scratching your face and stay away from sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen is also a must.
On the other hand, with microdermabrasion the redness only stays for several hours and it only takes one day for your face to return to its normal state.
Skin Resurfacing Risks
Deeper skin resurfacing means more risks and complications. The lighter abrasion used with microdermabrasion carries much fewer risks than more invasive techniques. Whilst the skin can break this is a very rare complication. Conversely, the deep scraping of dermabrasion and ablative laser resurfacing carry risks of infection, bleeding, scarring, hyperpigmentation, losing pigment (hypopigmentation) and reaction to anaesthetic.
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