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Skin Resurfacing

The skin resurfacing options at The Cosmetic Surgery Center include more in-depth treatments for severely damaged and wrinkled skin as well as lighter treatments for those who desire a refreshed and glowing appearance.

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 is designed to treat 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.

Candidates

Men and women may consider skin resurfacing treatments if they are in good health and have a realistic expectation of their results. Patients are advised 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
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks
  • 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 utilizes the following skin resurfacing techniques:

Dermabrasion

  • Involves removing dead skin and treating textural concerns
  • Restores the surface to a smooth and bright complexion
  • Ideal for all skin types and tones

chemical peels

  • 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

laser treatments

  • 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

Procedure

Before any skin resurfacing treatment, the skin is cleansed, and a topical anesthetic may be applied to ensure comfort throughout the process. 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.

Recovery

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 adequate 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.

Results

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. 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.

complications

It is uncommon for patients to encounter complications after skin resurfacing treatments. However, the possible risks may include:

  • Scarring
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Uneven skin tone
For more information about Skin Resurfacing or to schedule your Skin Resurfacing consultation with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt, please call (216) 350-3175.
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