It is me or does it seem like there’s a new revolutionary skin treatment guaranteed to give you the vibrant, supple flesh of a twenty year old? Well no matter what I think, the truth is that there is always something. Today that something is skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. It’s a mouthful I know but it covers a wide variety of skin care treatments to fix a variety of skin problems.
Before we begin I want you to think of all the different skin issues you would fix if money were no object. Got them? Okay now let’s talk about what you need to know about skin rejuvenation and resurfacing.
Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing is a broad term meant to cover a variety of treatments. Light and laser treatments help resurface the skin to treat problems with pigmentation, age spots and sun spots. It may also include chemical peels to help treat surface skin problems.
Then there is laser and fractional resurfacing which can improve the appearance of scars by diminishing visibility and darkness. Derm-abrasion and derma-planing are both part of skin rejuvenation and resurfacing.
The important part is that you don’t get hung up on the names of the treatments because the severity of your problems along with other factors will determine what options are open to you. For example, if you have terrible scarring then your treatments will be different from someone with light scarring or just a few freckles.
How many jars of serums, moisturizers, masks, cleansers, under eye cream and scrubs are there in your bathroom? Probably too many to run through before this article ends. But as many jars and tubs you have, that’s about how many different skin problems can be treated with Skin R&R.
Scars that are a result of injuries, acne, mild burns and any other topical skin malformations.
Vascular conditions such as visible blood vessels, lesions that look like blisters and even constant and ongoing skin redness.
Static wrinkles are those that are always visible on the skin and don’t change with any facial expressions. Think of the deep craggy lines that are a result of sun damage and you’ll get an idea of these types of wrinkles.
Pigmentation of all types that include freckles, sunburn, sun spots, dark under eye circles, dark patches, red irritated skin and any other types of discoloration to the skin.
Dynamic wrinkles are things like laugh lines and crow’s feet. If you’re not sure which kind of wrinkles you have, these look like folds when you’re expression is neutral and they get deeper when you smile, laugh, frown or scowl.
Skin tone loss can be treated when supportive structures of the skin—like collagen and elastin—grow weak. Think of soft flabby skin or cellulite.
The cost of skin rejuvenation and resurfacing can be very high and most of all, very few insurance companies will cover them. But the costs can include all of the following and maybe more:
Like many professional skin care treatments, several sessions will likely be required to improve skin texture and tone. Further, multiple treatments might be necessary to maintain those results even once they have been achieved.
Even though you won’t be having surgery, these are still medical procedures which means they all carry some risk. Other factors including age, weight and previous skin treatments will be a consideration during treatment.
Some risks are:
Be sure to discuss all possible risks with your plastic surgeon before you agree to any treatments.
Talk with your doctor about health risks, costs, skin care goals, lifestyle as well as any other cosmetic treatments you’ve had recently. This is the time to address any concerns you might have about results, treatment complications and any anxiety you feel about upcoming treatments.
So get your questions ready and have them ready for your consultation.
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