Skin Resurfacing/Rejuvenation

 

Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

Dermabrasion
Chemical Peels

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion was started by surgeons in the early 1950's for the treatment of acne scarring.   It was then advanced for the treatment of wrinkled skin.   Dermabrasion involves removing the top layer of skin with a high speed rotary drum.   Following treatment a thick scab forms and this falls off in seven to ten days.   During this period of time, mineral oil is applied to the scabs as it dries to keep it soft.   Dermabrasion is not a substitute for a facelift but rather a complimentary procedure and certain areas are treated at the same time as doing a facelift.    This is particularly true in the lines around the mouth.  

Dermabrasion to the entire face is generally done under a full anaesthesia.   Frequently, the lip areas are treated at the same time as doing a facelift.   Many women find that they have fine lines only around the mouth area.   They complain that their lipstick tends to "bleed" up into these cracks.  

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Chemical Peels.

There are two types of chemical solutions that are commonly used for chemical peels. One type is a phenol solution and the other is a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) solution.   Commonly prior to the utilization of TCA, the skin is pretreated for some weeks before with various chemicals.  

The scab that forms after treatment with a TCA peel, is much less than that formed by either the dermabrasion of the phenol peel, but the depth of wrinkles that can be treated is less.  

TCA peels are considered to be fine tuning peels and several superficial peels can be done to treat specific problem areas.   Which procedure is most appropriate for you would be discussed with you during your consultation.

Chemical peels are most frequently done under sedation.  

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