Skin Rejuvenation - Overview

Introduction
Skin rejuvenation can be achieved in different ways, ranging from laser, light and other energy-based treatments to chemical peels and other non-ablative methods. This results in a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance of skin.

Description
Skin rejuvenation is a treatment that resurfaces skin, or improves the texture, clarity and overall appearance of the skin. The common conditions treated are static wrinkles, dynamic wrinkles, pigmentation, scars, vascular conditions and loss of skin tone.

Static wrinkles are always visible and do not change in appearance with facial movements. Dynamic wrinkles are expression lines appearing as folds that deepen with facial movements or expressions. Pigmentation may include freckles, sun spots, melasma or other darkened patches of skin resulting from sun exposure. Scars are a result of acne or injury to the skin and appear as rolling, pitted, discolored or have raised borders. Vascular conditions are blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions appearing as tiny blood filled blisters or a constant flush of facial redness. Loss of skin tone is the weakening skin structure such as collagen and elastin fibers that cause skin to lose its firmness, or development of cellulite.

Skin rejuvenation is essentially a medical procedure. It should be done for self and not to fulfill somebody else’s desires. It is an ideal option for anyone who

  • Is physically healthy
  • Don’t smoke
  • Has a realistic goal in mind.

Preparation
During consultation, the doctor may ask questions about health, desires and lifestyle. Usually these include

  • The need for the procedure, expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Past cosmetic treatments

Besides, the surgeon may

  • Evaluate general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Discuss the options available for facial rejuvenation
  • Examine and measure face
  • Take photographs for medical record
  • Discuss available options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of a skin rejuvenation and any risks or potential complications


Procedure
Laser resurfacing improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the entire face, or those developing in specific areas at face, such as the upper lip and around the eyes. Laser and light treatments, or chemical peels, resurface the skin to treat pigmentation disorders, such as sun and age spots. Natural skin color and type is considered carefully to determine the treatment and minimize the risk of developing additional pigmentation or a loss of pigmentation. Laser and fractional resurfacing, or procedures such as dermabrasion or dermaplaning, improve the appearance of acne scars as well as other skin conditions. The treatment is determined by degree of scarring, skin type and color.

Results
Skin rejuvenation procedures often produce a marked improvement in skin conditions and overall appearance. The rapid advancement in technologies and treatments has made it possible to achieve good results with relatively simple procedures.

Risks
The risks include

  • Infection
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Textural changes
  • Skin surface irregularities
  • Burns and scarring

 

Call American Dermatology Centers today to schedule an appointment to discuss the different options available to you. We look forward to helping you obtain beautiful clear skin.

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