Facial resurfacing is a procedure that improves skin texture, tone, and clarity using laser light or chemical peels. Laser resurfacing and chemical peels can treat a host of complexion problems, including:
If your skin has taken on a dull or tired appearance after years of sun exposure and the effects of aging, then contact us to schedule a laser resurfacing or chemical peel treatment. Dr. Mark Everett will evaluate your skin and listen to your concerns before developing a treatment plan that will give you radiant, refreshed skin.
Chemical peels utilize chemical solutions to irritate the skin and remove superficial and deep skin irregularities and blemishes. Like laser resurfacing treatments, the strength of chemical peel treatments can be customized according to the needs of the patient and the state of their skin. Superficial chemical peels penetrate only the uppermost layer of the skin for gentle exfoliation. Medium peels target the upper and middle layers, reaching further into the skin to destroy or reduce cosmetic blemishes. Deep chemical peels penetrate even deeper into the skin to remove damaged cells and provide a dramatic improvement in skin clarity.
Local or general anesthesia will be used to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. After the chosen chemical solution has been applied to the face, it will be left on the skin for anywhere from a few minutes to two hours as it works to remove impurities. Like laser resurfacing treatments, chemical peel patients are free to return to work and other activities following the procedure, although most patients take a few days off to allow noticeable side effects to heal.
After the procedure, the skin will peel off, allowing new, fresh skin to shine through. Common side effects include swelling, redness, skin sensitivity, irritation, blisters, crusting, and peeling. Patients will be given a detailed set of instructions on how to treat their skin as it recovers, including soaking it daily, applying ointments, and using antiviral medication.
Milder, more superficial peels will take about one week to heal while deep chemical peels will need up to three. The treated skin may be bandaged following a deep chemical peel treatment. Mild and medium peels can be repeated to maintain results, although the skin will need to be given adequate time to heal in between treatments. Results will last a few months to several years, depending on the strength of the chemical solution used.
Patients over the age of 18 can benefit from facial resurfacing treatments. Depending on the age of the patient, only mild facial resurfacing treatments may be necessary to keep skin appearing youthful. Older patients may have more sun damage and signs of aging, requiring deep chemical peels or ablative laser treatments to achieve their desired results.
The answer to this question varies among patients. For those with more superficial blemishes and less severe wrinkles, light to moderate treatment is typically the best option. Patients with acne scars, years of sun damage, and noticeable effects of aging may benefit more from deep chemical peels or ablative laser treatments. We can help you decide which method is best for you after an in-person consultation.
Both methods of facial resurfacing provide noticeable and beautiful results for restoring youthful skin. Which method you decide on depends on the condition of your skin, your desired results, and sometimes just your personal choice. We will educate you on the difference between both options and what results you can expect going into either treatment so that you may make an informed decision.
Candidates with fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, general skin blemishes, sun damage, and age spots are great candidates for facial resurfacing via laser treatments or chemical peels. These treatments are typically best-suited for patients with lighter skin. Patients with active acne, open or healing wounds, and active exterior sores may need to wait before undergoing any skin treatments.
If your skin needs mild or extensive rejuvenation, then visit Dr. Marc Everett for a facial resurfacing treatment. Using chemical peels or laser treatments, Dr. Marc Everett can invigorate your skin for a glowing and youthful complexion. You can reach our New York office at 212-774-7715 to book your appointment.