Both dermabrasion and laser resurfacing are procedures that remove the top layers of skin and stimulate collagen growth to remove flaws and promote a youthful, beautiful appearance. Dermabrasion utilizes a rotating diamond burr, rather than lasers,to precisely take away damaged skin.
Here are some of the problems skin resurfacing procedures can address:
- Acne scarring and pockmarks
- Fine lines and wrinkles on the cheeks and face
- Liver spots, age spots and sun-damaged skin
- Pigmented areas and uneven skin tone
- Scarring from an injury or accident
- Wrinkles around the mouth, commonly referred to as "lipstick lines"
- Wrinkles around the eyes, commonly referred to as "crow's feet"
Patients can receive resurfacing procedures under local anesthetic in a doctor's office, and after the resurfacing is completed a protective gel dressing will be immediately applied to calm skin and encourage new, healthy growth. A new layer of skin on your face will then growafter about 10 days, although you may experience some redness for a longer period of time. The results of resurfacing procedures can be seenup to a year afterward, because thenew collagen will continue to fill in wrinkles.
After a procedure, you'll want to take care of your new skin to retain the beautiful tone, texture and smoothness you've achieved. New sun damage will reverse the effects of the work, so be careful about protecting your skin.
If you think a skin resurfacing procedure could help you look and feel better, contact Dr. James Marotta. Dr. Marotta is a board certified facial plastic surgeon on Long Island who specializes in giving patients back their youthful looks and restoring their self-confidence and self-esteem. Call to schedule a personal consultation and Dr. Marotta can advise you based on your specific skin type and beauty goals.