Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking all may contribute to facial wrinkling.
Pigmentary changes of the skin, such as blotchiness or brown spots, may also occur with age or as a result of birth control pills, pregnancy or genetic factors. Prior acne may have made the surface of your skin uneven. These problems, as well as certain other skin conditions, may be improved by skin resurfacing.
You may be a good candidate for skin resurfacing if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin
- vertical wrinkles around your mouth, such as those that cause lipstick “bleed”
- “crow’s feet” lines around your eyes and perhaps some skin laxity in your lower eyelid area
- fine wrinkling of your upper eyelids
- brown spots or blotchy skin coloring
- certain precancerous skin growths
- acne or chicken pox scars
- superficial facial scars from a past injury
In certain individuals with prolonged sun damage and aging, a chemical peel can be a sufficient treatment to reverse some of the aging process. This technique works by applying a mild acid to the skin surface to break down the cohesive forces of skin cells and cause them to slough. The selection of the acid and strength determines the depth of the chemical burn. The deeper the sun damage, the deeper the peel needed to provide optimal results. These procedures can be performed without anesthesia in the office and are quite affordable.
Individuals with acne scarring and or leathery skin from sun exposure will often benefit from a Laser Resurfacing. A laser is yet another technique to provide a controlled thermal burn to the skin surface to result in resurfacing the skin with new fresh layers and some tightening to the skin through post-laser scar contraction. This is a more invasive procedure requiring anesthesia and has a more prolonged recovery compared to a chemical peel. However, for certain individuals this may be the treament of choice.
To find out more about the skin resurfacing treaments offered by Dr. Lucas, CONTACT US.