As you age you will notice a change in the overall quality and texture of your skin. Fine wrinkles begin to develop. The outer layer of skin may thicken and become more rough whereas the deeper layers lose elasticity and begin to droop. Sun damage leads to pigment (color changes) and even early skin cancers. A complete facial rejuventation involves addressing the skin.
There are three ways to resurface the skin: chemical peels, dermabrasion, and lasers. In turn, each resurfacing technique can be superficial, medium, or deep. As you can imagine, the recovery time takes longer the deeper the resurfacing, but the results can be longer lasting. In addition to the restoration of a youthful appearance to the skin, a further benefit is that these can help treat and prevent early skin cancers from developing into a true skin cancer.
Chemical peels involve using a specially formulated mixture that is applied to the skin. This leads to a blister forming which will lead to a "peeling" of the skin several days after the treatment.
Dermabrasion involves using an instrument to buff and abrade the skin layer by layer. This leads to an immediate resurfacing of the skin with a red coloration.
Lasers are a specialized device that concentrates a beam of light to a single spot on the skin. This, in turn, heats up these "cylinders" of skin by being absorbed by either water, skin pigment, or blood vessels depending on the type of laser being used. There are different types of lasers for different skin conditions. The first lasers were fully ablative. These were very effective at resurfacing, but, unfortunately, had an unacceptably high side effect rate. The next devices created were non ablative meaning they would not affect the top layer of skin. These include devices such as Thermage, Ulthera, IPL (intense pulsed light), and other devices using either radiofrequencies or other forms of heat. Newer lasers combined the benefits of the original ablative lasers but lessened the side effects by creating fractionated lasers. This involves treating only a fraction of the skin at a given time. This allows the untreated skin to help the treated area heal faster. The benefit is there are fewer risks of side effects when compared to the original ablative lasers. A commonly used fractionated laser is the carbon dioxide or CO2 laser.
Dr. Guy has expertise with all three methods, and he can discuss each of them with you during a consultation.