Which is the better choice for improving your skin problems?
Think of what your facial skin is exposed to over time… sun, pollution, stress, poor diet, inconsistent skin care, and inadequate skin protection from the wind and cold. It’s no wonder by the time we turn 40, that most of us start to see wrinkles and fine lines, “crow’s feet”, age spots, skin discoloration, along with acne scars from our youth.
These skin conditions can be addressed by a continuum of treatments, from microdermabrasion for minor imperfections, to dermabrasion for moderate-to-severe imperfections, to laser skin resurfacing for treating deeper facial lines, wrinkles and folds, and helping to tighten skin laxity. Let’s look at each of these options.
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove (exfoliate) the outer layer of dry, dead skin cells. Best microdermabrasion results are among patients with minimal facial lines or wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, clogged pores, skin texture problems, or minor scars.
Dermabrasion is a more intensive exfoliating technique that uses a rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of facial skin. A dermatologist or facial cosmetic specialist numbs your skin before beginning this outpatient treatment. Dermabrasion is intended for treatment of fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, uneven texture, and improving the overall appearance of the skin.
Face Laser Skin Treatment is the preferred choice of Dr. Robert J. Smyth to improve the skin of patients with deeper lines and wrinkles, rough texture, uneven pigmentation, spots and scars caused by sun damage, smoking, acne, stress and lifestyle. He uses the Fractional CO2 to remove the dull, thickened layer of dead, damaged cells on the skin’s surface and at the same time stimulate the collagen underneath for new cell and skin growth as well as improved elasticity and resiliency.
Whether the patient needs a full-face laser treatment or just an area of the face treated (such as around the mouth), Dr. Smyth uses local anesthesia to numb the skin for the patient’s comfort. He then artfully uses the laser to perform a controlled penetration of the skin’s surface going just deep enough to treat the damaged cells. The healing process (typically 7 to 10 days) involves redness and the patient’s application of ointment to keep the skin lubricated and protected. Most patients are thrilled with the results. Their skin looks fresher and younger, feels smoother and is more even in color.
Watchout: Trust only an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon to perform your laser resurfacing treatment to avoid any scarring. Be sure to discuss expectations, the healing process and proper after-care of your skin so that you have the very best results.
For more information about face laser treatments, today’s remarkable minimally invasive face and neck rejuvenation procedures, eyelid lifts and other treatments, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.