The effects of aging and improper sun protection often cause skin laxity, wrinkles, and pigmentation issues. Dr. Matt Goldschmidt provides a range of nonsurgical skin resurfacing procedures, including dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments. Each approach treats specific skin concerns virtually anywhere on the body, revealing a more attractive surface. These methods of skin rejuvenation trigger the body’s healing responses and collagen production, resulting in entirely natural-looking improvement. Patients who undergo skin resurfacing treatments can enjoy a smoother, brighter complexion and a more youthful aesthetic that lasts.
Men and women may consider skin resurfacing treatments if they are in good health and have a realistic expectation of their results. Additionally, providers advise patients to stop smoking and avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication at least six weeks before their procedure to ensure optimal healing. Skin resurfacing can treat the following concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Sun damage
- Liver spots
skin resurfacing Options
All patients receive a customized treatment that targets their specific needs using the most appropriate skin resurfacing plan. Dr. Goldschmidt uses the following skin resurfacing techniques:
- Involves removing dead skin and treating textural concerns
- Restores the surface to a smooth and bright complexion
- Ideal for all skin types and tones
- Involves applying a chemical solution to exfoliate the skin
- Available in various strengths to target superficial, moderate, and severe issues
- Ideal for treating the face, neck, chest, and hands
- Involves the use of a fractional laser to remove aging skin from the surface
- Stimulates collagen production to rejuvenate the skin from within
- Ideal for patients with textural concerns and skin laxity
Before any skin resurfacing treatment, the provider will cleanse the skin and may apply a topical numbing cream to ensure comfort throughout the process. Furthermore, some treatments are performed using intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia. The length of a skin resurfacing procedure depends on the techniques used and the severity of a patient’s condition. Treatments can usually last less than one hour, and the details of each procedure are determined during the initial consultation appointment.
As with the length of the procedure, the recovery after skin resurfacing depends on the necessary extent of correction and techniques that are used to achieve the desired results. Typically, patients are advised to avoid direct sun exposure during the initial healing stages and maintain good hydration for a comfortable recovery. Some patients may be provided with ointment to apply daily as the skin regenerates. Most activities can be resumed within a couple of days.
The results of skin resurfacing treatment become visible once the treated areas have healed. The skin continues to improve in texture, tone, and overall quality as it replenishes its supply of collagen. Thus, most patients achieve optimal effects after several treatment sessions. Patients can preserve their results by adopting a healthy lifestyle and wearing proper sun protection when engaging in outdoor activities.
It is uncommon for patients to encounter complications after skin resurfacing treatments. However, the possible risks may include:
- Uneven skin tone