Effects of Aging
Cosmetic dermatology provides an answer to some skin dilemmas such as uneven pigmentation, sun-damaged skin and wrinkles. Skin resurfacing procedures – primarily chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser facial resurfacing, and cosmetic laser surgery – are sometimes referred to as a non-surgical facelift or a mini facelift.
Chemical peels use a solution to peel away the skin’s top layers. People with fair, thin skin and superficial wrinkles are the best candidates for this procedure, which takes approximately two hours and sometimes requires a hospital admission.
Redness may take up to six months to fade, and while the peel results are permanent, new wrinkles and signs of aging will target the skin as it ages.
In dermabrasion, the top layers of skin are scraped and shed as a result of a high-speed rotary wheel. This procedure effectively reduces the appearance of scars and fine wrinkles on the face, especially around the mouth. While the procedure only takes about an hour, it often requires more than one session.
Full recovery time may take between six and twelve months, with redness fading in about three months. Considered a permanent treatment for aging skin, Dermabrasion does not impact sagging skin. Skin will still be prone to new wrinkles following treatment.
LASER FACIAL RESURFACING, OR "LASER PEEL"
Used primarily around the eyes and mouth, laser facial resurfacing, or “laser peel,” improves skin by smoothing fine wrinkles with a laser. Treating damaged skin in this manner can reduce the appearance of scars and improves unevenly pigmented areas.
Recovery time typically lasts six months or less, but repigmentation and sun exposure will take between six and twelve months. While the results last a long time, the signs of aging will break through again as skin ages.
Injections of collagen, fat, hyaluronic acid and Botox® treatments also aid in reducing the wrinkles, lines and skin’s evidence of aging.