Monday, June 8, 2009

Keep Youthful Look With Skin Rejuvenation

In youth, an abundance of two important substances, collagen and hyaluronic acid, keep your skin looking smooth and supple.

With time, sunlight and other factors, collagen and hyaluronic acid in your skin diminish, the skin loses structure and volume, and unwelcome lines and wrinkles appear. Surgeons can help rejuvenation skin with chemical peels or microdermabrasion.

Chemical peels are techniques used to improve the appearance of skin. The general principal is a chemical solution applied to the skin, this solution injures and removes the outer layer of skin.

As the skin heals, a new growth or layer of skin is produced. Chemical peels treat conditions similar to microdermabrasion including fine lines, wrinkles, mild scarring, acne scarring, age spots, and dark patches can be treated.

Prior to your chemical peel, your surgeons may prescribe topical, pre-conditioning medications such as Retin A or Glycolic Acid. These medications help to prepare the skin for the best result after chemical peeling.

There are different types of chemical peels available. Your surgeons and their esthetician will carefully choose the type of chemical peel to give the best result for each patient. Surgeons strongly believes in an individual plan of care for patient so make an appointment soon for your complimentary evaluation in our medical spa.

The types of chemical peels available include Alphahydroxy Acid (AHA's) such as Glycolic, Lactic or the fruity acids. These peels are used to treat fine wrinkles, areas of blotchiness, uneven pigmentation, and superficial acne scars. The Alphahydroxy peels are available in various concentration and can be used for treatment of patients who have an interest in a no "down time" procedure.

These peels provide an effective regimen that allows return to work within minutes of use. Surgeons will discuss with each patient their time constraints that affect treatment and he will make plans accordingly.

Another peeling agent used include Trichlorecetic Acid (TCA). This peel is also available in various concentrations and is used for the medium depth peeling, fine and deep surface wrinkles, blemishes, and acne scars. These peels usually result in a deeper surface injury and have more of a "down time" than the Alphahydroxy peels.

Your surgeon will evaluate each patient taking into consideration the extent of the deformity and each patient's limitations before prescribing a treatment regimen of either AHA's or the TCA.

Many patients damage their skin with over exposure to the sun, the wind, and poor habits, like smoking. The effects of the sun especially will show with time and is usually manifested by a poor complexion, dark blotching, uneven skin, and sometimes in late stages, the development of sun cancers.

Microdermabrasion is a non-painful, non-invasive method of improving the skin. It can be easily done within a lunch-time.

The procedure is performed by an esthetician and is a technique for removing the outer layer of skin. At the same time the sun is removed, the dead skin cells are vacuumed away. As the outer layer of skin is removed, the lost skin is replaced by new skin leaving a smooth texture to the skin.

This technique can be quite useful in reducing the effects of sun damaged skin, age spots, and acne scarring. The technique is even useful for minor scar revision. A esthetician will uses the exclusive diamond tone system, which makes microdermabrasion painless while increasing its effectiveness. The technique takes less than 1 hour.

After the first microdermabrasion treatment, the skin will look slightly flushed, but will return to normal after 10-30 minutes. Your skin will look and feel smoother with each successive treatment.

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