There are so many cosmetic surgery procedures on offer now that we are literally spoiled for choice. One of the more minor and non-invasive techniques is skin resurfacing. Our skin takes a lot of punishment over time and may benefit from resurfacing. Aging, tanning, smoking and other skin problems all play their part. Skin resurfacing works by removing layers of skin and revealing a newer, younger, more even complexion.
Skin resurfacing can be used on the whole face or just on particular areas, such as the upper lip or eyelids. In addition to revealing new, fresh skin, resurfacing produces a tightening effect which can result in a smoother visage. Skin resurfacing is often combined with other facial plastic surgery as the combination can result in a superior outcome for both procedures.
Different skin tones may see varying degrees of success with skin resurfacing and fair skin tends to see better results. Another factor which may impact the success of the procedure is skin thickness. Get the advice of your plastic surgeon, who will be able to assess your skin type and how many wrinkles, or other skin damage there may be, and then decide which option is best for your particular situation.
Methods of deep skin resurfacing include chemical peeling, the use of lasers and derma-abrasion. The more skin removed the better the result. Methods for more superficial techniques involve creams and micro derma-abrasion.
Skin resurfacing will leave your face looking red and raw for a period of time – think Samantha’s experience in Sex and the City. But this does not last and, once your skin returns to normal, you will see the benefits. The more skin that is removed, the better the results but also the more redness and rawness you will experience. More superficial resurfacing results in less redness but also a less dramatic result.
The procedure has few risks but, like all cosmetic surgery procedures, does have some for some people. Ask your plastic surgeon about any potential risks and inform them of any medical history which may impact the result of your skin resurfacing. Following your procedure you should avoid the sun on your face (as you should anyway if you want to preserve good skin) and wear sunscreen or a hat.