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Skin Resurfacing

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Skin is the largest organ of your body. Unlike the heart or lungs, the skin is the only organ which is constantly exposed to the elements of the outside world. Over the years, the outer layers of our skin start to show wear and tear from aging, injury, exposure to the sun, wind, other environmental factors in the form of facial wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, pigment abnormalities, pregnancy mask and other superficial skin problems such as sun damaged skin, (Including pre-cancerous lesions), acne / acne scarring, freckles and the appearance of superficial scars.

skin resurfacing - Dr Ashish Dutta

If you are looking for ‘The Treatment’ to achieve the healthy glowing skin you’ve always dreamt of then why not try the Skin Resurfacing treatment. Skin resurfacing help restore a more youthful, beautiful and even complexion by removing the most damaged outer layers of skin. Revealing the new skin beneath and encouraging healthy skin cell regrowth, these treatments change the surface texture and appearance of the skin.

Here are the techniques available for skin resurfacing and each one has its different benefits and results, which can best decide by your Doctor/practitioner according to your skin type, condition and the results you seek. These are :

Chemical Peels -

A chemical peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of your skin. There are several types of chemical peel, each using different chemicals and fruit acids. Basically, chemical peels are divided into three types: Light, Medium depth, and Deep. The type of peel depends on the strength of the chemical used, and on how deeply it penetrates. Despite popular misconceptions, peel treatments can be gentle and do not need to be aggressive.

Laser Skin Resurfacing -

Laser use highly concentrated beams of light energy to improve the skin’s tone, texture and appearance. It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, removes brown spots, acne & surgical scars, redness or discolouration and tightens the skin by encouraging collagen production. It also removes unwanted facial or body hair. Lasers do allow doctors to target specific flaws and imperfections with much more precision than chemical peels

On the basis of depth and area of treatment, and an individual’s tolerance for pain you have two different options for laser resurfacing :

  • Deeper ablative laser treatments - In this, some outer layers of skin are removed which may require local anaesthesia or intravenous sedation. It may include CO2 lasers and Erbium YAG lasers.

  • Non-ablative laser treatments - In this technique, the laser passes through the skin without removing any skin layers. It causes minimal to no pain and requires only a topical anaesthetic cream. It may include Pulsed-dye laser, Fractional Lasers (Eg. Fraxel Laser skin resurfacing) and Q-switched Lasers.

Microdermabrasion -

This is one of the most popular superficial exfoliating therapies and great for people new to the world of aesthetics. It is non-surgical, safe, and effective. This light treatment can help with wide pores, blackheads, and smooth minor pigment irregularities.It involves mechanical gentle exfoliation with uses fine particles of aluminium oxide to remove the dead layer of cells from the skin and stimulate the production of new collagen and cells in the deeper layers of the skin. It sometimes is referred to as a 'sandblasting' technique and can be used on the face, neck, hands or body. The typical treatment plan for microdermabrasion is similar as in the case of mild chemical peels (such as glycolic acid). Patients with naturally darker complexions may be better candidates for microdermabrasion.

Dermabrasion -

A more powerful mechanical resurfacing technique than microdermabrasion. It is an invasive surgical procedure performed typically in a theatre under local anaesthesia or sedation. Dermabrasion is a procedure for deeper acne scars, traumatic scars and occasionally used for tattoo removal. A rapidly rotating instrument is used to precisely remove the skin from the treated area, layer by layer, until the desired depth is achieved. Because it penetrates deeper into the skin’s surface, dermabrasion can actually result in hypo-pigmentation, post-inflammatory skin pigmentation and further scarring, which is why it’s not recommended for darker skin types.

Microneedling -

Microneedling/skin needling or collagen-induced therapy is a procedure which, instead of removing layers of skin with heat or chemicals, uses a device covered with tiny, shallow needles to essentially create minuscule holes in your skin surface creating controlled injuries. It uses the skin’s natural healing process to reduce skin imperfections, acne scars, aged and sun damaged skin, facial and décolleté lines and wrinkles, stretch marks etc. The injuries are not visible to the naked eye, but they do trigger the natural healing response of the body, prompting your skin to produce new collagen and elastin in the dermis. This takes a little time for the new collagen to be formed, new healthy skin cells to be generated and blood supply enhanced; restoring a smoother, clearer complexion.

IPL Photorejuvenation -

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment which uses light to treat skin problems. It is a non-ablative treatment (no skin removal) in which an intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated blood vessels or pigmentation.

The heat causes controlled damage to the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. Thus it erases skin damage without disruption of the skin's surface. IPL can treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, such as broken capillaries, skin discolouration, age spots, freckles and mottled pigmentation. It also diminishes flushing or redness of the face associated with Rosacea, reduces brown spots, and smoothes roughly textured skin. IPL uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths, delivered in gentle pulses, instead of a highly focused, single wavelength.  This light helps the skin in two ways:

  • The wavelengths of IPL absorb excessive pigment in the skin (reds and browns) to restore a more even complexion.

  • To a lesser degree, IPL stimulates collagen production to improve overall skin tone.

This treatment is designed for people who are too busy or do not wish to go through the recovery time of laser resurfacing.

Qualified doctors/nurses will discuss the procedure before any treatment, explaining any possible side effects and likely results.

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