Skin Procedures

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Skin Procedures


Skin procedures, also called Skin Resurfacing or Skin Rejuvenation are performed for a variety of reasons. Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking all may contribute to facial aging. Skin Procedures are used to boost a patient`s self-confidence by removing undesired features (e.g., freckles, unwanted hair). They also can be used to remove a tattoo or diminish the effects of facial wrinkles. Skin procedures are routinely performed to improve the contour of the face, remove scars, and treat blemishes that have resulted from illness. Pigment 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 Procedures.


Patients may have Skin Procedures done at almost any age. There are certain characteristics that make you a better candidate for one technique rather than another, or your surgeon may have a preference based on his or her personal experience with the different methods. The best candidates for any available Skin Procedures are those with unsightly skin that can be improved. The best candidates are also those in good physical and psychological health.

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Skin Procedures or Skin Rejuvenation should be undertaken for oneself, not to fulfill someone else`s desires or to fit any sort of ideal image.  Skin Procedures are an option for you if you are physically healthy, do not smoke, have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance. The decision to have a Skin Procedure is extremely personal and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.


You may be a good candidate for Skin Procedures 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


The amount of time you can allow for recovery also may be an important factor in selecting a particular Skin Procedure method or determining the extent of treatment. A more superficial Skin Procedure will require less healing time, but you may need to have the procedure repeated more than once to achieve the same results as a deeper treatment. If you are having aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery, you may be able to have a Skin Procedure performed at the same time


Your Skin Procedure may be performed in your plastic surgeon`s office, a free-standing ambulatory facility or a hospital. Anesthesia levels also vary depending on the extent of the procedure. For minor Skin Procedures, (such as chemical peels, dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing) local anesthesia is generally used. For complete skin grafting, however, general anesthesia is usually recommended.  You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and probably assist you for a day or two.


When your Skin Procedure is completed, you will be instructed on how to care for the treated skin. You will also be reminded about the expected duration of your results, specific concerns to look for in treated skin and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. The results of Skin Procedures are variable depending on the technology or treatment prescribed for you.


Following all Skin Procedures, it is important that you avoid direct or indirect exposure to the sun until all the redness or pinkness of your skin has subsided. Even after that, it is advisable for you to protect your skin by regular use of a sun block and, whenever possible, a wide-brimmed hat.


Following your specific Skin Procedure, your skin will continue to age naturally and you may develop similar conditions to those that have been treated, or other skin conditions. The type of wrinkles caused by movement of your facial muscles will eventually reappear. Some wrinkles may recur sooner than others, depending on their location as well as the type and extent of your Skin Procedure. Despite this, you can expect that improvements in skin quality and texture achieved by the procedure.  This will make your complexion appear younger and fresher for many years to come.


The risks associated with Skin Procedures are minimal. Your cosmetic surgeon will explain them to you in detail prior to the procedure. Generally, risks that can be associated with Skin Procedure treatments include hematoma, infection, pigmentation irregularities, external changes, skin surface irregularities (such as swelling, burns and scarring), extended periods of pain,  and negative reactions to anesthesia.


Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early period following your Skin Procedure. Generally, you should be able to return to work within a week or two. Exercise or other strenuous activities may need to be delayed a few weeks longer.


Cost is always a consideration in elective procedures. Prices can vary widely. A surgeon’s cost may vary based on his or her experience as well as geographic office location. Cost also includes facility costs, anesthesia fees, prescriptions for medication, and medical tests.

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