Facial Renewal: Treating skin damaged by sun, acne or aging


by iEnhance.com | August 16, 2010 @ 01:00PM

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Treating Skin

Having a tan complexion has often been associated with a healthy appearance. Today we know that excessive exposure to ultraviolet light can have detrimental effects on our skin. Sun exposure over a period of time can cause damage to skin, leading to red blotches, areas of increased pigmentation, or wrinkling. Aging can adversely effect the appearance of skin by decreasing the amount of elastic tissue, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Severe acne can also leave permanent scars on the face. Facial rejuvenation using appropriate skin care, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, or laser peel can improve the appearance of skin damaged by sun exposure, acne or the effects of aging.

Getting in to a routine

Unfortunately, we haven't discovered a cure for aging. With time and continued sun exposure, your skin will begin to show areas of uneven tones, fine lines, or wrinkles. Proper skin care can help improve these signs of aging. A good skin care regimen consists of cleansing, moisturizing, sunblock, exfoliation, and vitamins everyday of the year. Our aesthetician can help plan a routine that works for your skin type.

Peel for appeal

Cosmetic surgeons have developed several different modalities to improve the appearance of skin. By applying mechanical abrasion, chemical solutions, or laser energy to the skin surface, skin cell turnover is increased and stimulation of growth of new skins cells occur. Fine lines and wrinkles are minimized and the result is smoother, healthier, more even toned skin. Different degrees of "peels" are utilized depending on the severity of the problem. The simplest skin treatment is microdermabrasion, which removes dead cells and stimulates growth of new skin. The treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes with mild redness lasting one to two hours. When wrinkling and skin damage are more severe, stronger treatments are necessary. A chemical peel can be done in the office or as an outpatient and the recovery time can vary depending on the degree. Generally, five to seven days for complete healing are necessary. A laser peel can treat more significant wrinkles and recovery time is slightly longer. Results can last several months with proper skin care. All types of skin "peels" have limitations and certain risks, it is important to be well informed.

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