Skin resurfacing is useful to improve facial wrinkles, superficial
pitting from acne scarring, and also improve brown spots from sun
There are various methods that can be used for skin resurfacing
including medium or deep chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser
resurfacing. Chemical peels are performed by applying a solution
to the surface of the skin which results in peeling away of the
outermost layers of the skin, improving wrinkles and decreasing
signs of sun damage.
Similar results can be achieved with dermabrasion
which uses a mechanical device to “sand” the surface
of the skin.
Lasers can also be used to achieve a similar effect.
Various methods for skin resurfacing have their
pros and cons. Each method can be controlled to determine the depth
of the resurfacing which affects the degree of improvement and
the healing time. With a TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel, healing
is typically complete in about 12 days. Redness of the skin lasts
for another month or so.
If the patients are looking for a superficial treatment, light
peels and dermabrasions are performed by one of our aestheticians
at the Vallon MediSpa which is located at our practice in Northampton.