Often the best way to restore damaged skin to a more youthful, healthy appearance is to strip away the outer layer of skin and allow your body to repopulate it with a new layer.
This can be done one of three ways: through thermal agents, mechanically, or chemically.
At The Lucas Center Plastic Surgery, we typically only recommend laser treatments (thermal agent) for treating the most severe, deep-pitted acne scars. Today’s laser technology is expensive and painful, and does not yield better results when compared with other methods of skin resurfacing.
Therefore, we prefer the less painful and less expensive alternatives of microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
In microdermabrasion or dermaplaning, the surface of your skin is “sanded” or buffed away using slight suction and a diamond tip applicator. Your skin is left refreshed, softened, and brighter. Microdermabrasion can be used to treat fine lines and sun damage with minimal downtime.
In a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to your skin layer by layer. Over the next several days, your skin will flake and peel, allowing new healthy skin to grow in its place. Chemical peels are best for treating sun damage, wrinkles, pigment changes, and growths on the skin. Dr. Lucas and his staff will recommend the most appropriate type of peel for your needs.