The Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing / Chemical Peeling
We must accept that the fine wrinkles of dry, weather-beaten skin (horizontal creases on the forehead or vertical creases of the upper and lower lips) cannot be removed by a face lift.
Cosmetic facial surgery improves deep structures or removes stretched or sagging tissues. Skin resurfacing will restore the complexion but it should be supported by a properly designed maintenance program with our experienced skin therapists.
All forms of tanning must be discontinued at least three months before a skin resurfacing procedure.
You must stop using makeup and all facial creams one day before surgery. You will be asked to wash your face several times with soap and water before coming for treatment.
A face peel or laser resurfacing are performed under sedation with local freezing and you will receive explicit instructions regarding topical creams to be used on the skin before and after the treatment.
Avoid facial movements i.e. smiling and talking, pursing of the lips as these will interfere with the healing process. During the first seven to ten days following the treatment, the skin will be "weeping" and you will apply the necessary preparation to diminish crust formation. At this stage, you will be required to wash the entire face gently with lukewarm water and soap at least four times a day.
After ten days, when new skin is formed, you may use makeup to camouflage the redness. The redness usually disappears after eight weeks but, at times, may last up to eight months. The only restriction after these procedures is avoidance of exposure to sunlight for at least eight months, to prevent the development of blotchy pigmentation. The use of sun screens (30 SPF or greater) is mandatory.
Dr. Conrad Would Like You To Know...
- Fair complexions tend to do better than others. Thick, coarse, more deeply wrinkled skin may need two applications in certain areas.
- Post-operative discomfort may last from one to four days and may be eased with medication.
- Considerable crusting and swelling, which occurs after a few days, may cause a frightening appearance. The patient must be mature enough emotionally and willing to accept this in order to achieve the desirable end result.
- The most commonly treated area is around the mouth. If multiple segments of the face require treatment, general anesthetic may be preferable.
What Are The Risks?
- Some areas of the skin may become lighter in tone permanently and therefore light makeup may have to be used to effect a uniform appearance. This side effect is less likely to occur after laser treatment than after chemical peeling.
- Patients with a history of recurring fever blisters may have a bad flare-up after peeling or laser resurfacing and will require a prescription for antiviral medication.
- Scratching the face with one's fingernails too soon after the treatment may cause scarring.
- There are also other remote risks as in any form of treatment. Please discuss them with me during your office visit.
Removal Of Skin Blemishes And Moles
Facial skin blemishes and moles often increase in size and number with aging. In most instances, their removal has purely cosmetic significance. Sometimes, however, they may represent early skin cancer and they should be excised at an early stage when they are still curable.
Depending on the character of the lesion, various methods of treatment, leaving minimal signs of surgical interference or no signs of surgery whatsoever, can be used. At times, laser resurfacing to camouflage the scars or dermabrasion (sanding of the area where the lesion was shaved off) will be used for the best aesthetic result.
A popular belief, from years gone by, that skin blemishes might change into cancer if "tampered with” surgically, is scientifically incorrect. Most of these lesions will never change into cancer and those that are potentially cancerous must be treated as early as possible. Regardless, all skin blemishes, when removed, are subjected to detailed microscopic examination to make a reliable diagnosis.
Dermabrasion [Facial Sanding]
Dermabrasion has now been almost completely replaced with laser skin resurfacing. There are a few exceptions. One of them is the treatment of the skin area following removal of benign moles and other skin lesions.
Why Would You Choose Dr. Kris Conrad's Clinic For Your Skin Resurfacing?
The clinic uses "state of the art" equipment carefully chosen for all modalities of treatments depending on skin types, patients' preferences, their tolerance of the length of recovery necessary and financial resources. The skin therapists and laser application specialists working closely with Dr. Conrad give supportive treatments as an important supplement to the procedures that must be performed personally by the surgeon.