The ravages of age appear most markedly on the skin of our face which makes one look old. Men particularly neglect skin care but ladies are usually more alarmed for it. Sun damage is often the nastiest offender. Freckles, jagged skin pigment and blotchiness reflect sun damage and negligence.
Dr. Vivek says a person can be an ideal candidate for skin resurfacing if he/she has one or more of these conditions i.e. wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin, vertical wrinkles near mouth, such as those that cause lipstick "bleed", fine crinkling on upper eyelids, acne or chicken pox blemishes and superficial facial scars from a past injury. Patients can aim for this treatment at almost any age.
There are several methods of skin resurfacing. What distinguishes the several resurfacing methods is the manner in which the skin's layers are battered. Chemical peels encompass the application of a caustic solution, dermabrasion uses high-speed rotary wheel and laser resurfacing utilizes a laser beam.
A chemical peel solution may be applied to the whole face or just to some areas which needs to be treated as per the patient's requirement, such as the crow's feet area near your eyes or the vertical wrinkles around your mouth. Your doctor will decide that how long the solution should be left on your face by prudently witnessing any changes in the appearance of your skin.
In the procedure of dermabrasion, an injury is created on the region to be treated resembling skinning of your knee. It utilizes a small, quickly revolving wheel with a roughened surface similar to fine-grained sandpaper to scrape the skin so as to remove the upper layers of the area to be treated. This resurfacing procedure occasionally is also nominated for the treatment of facial blemishes which are commonly caused by acne and often is executed on the cheeks or the complete face.
Laser resurfacing has two forms. In the first form, it creates a uniform injury on the region to be treated, similar to deeper chemical peel or dermabrasion. In the second form, the laser "drills" small holes into deeper layers of the skin. Like the other resurfacing approaches, the laser resurfacing is also effective in treating wrinkles, blotchiness or age spots and blemishes from acne or other causes. It can be used on the whole face or certain areas which have to be treated.