As we age, our skin begins to change as a result of several different life factors. The natural collagen within the skin begins to diminish and skin may sag and droop. Smoking, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, nutrition and more can also lead to the development of wrinkles and fine lines within the skin. Other skin conditions such as acne, brown spots and chicken pox can leave unattractive blemishes on the skin. Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other skin irregularities. It offers patients many advantages over traditional resurfacing procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion, as it practically eliminates side effects such as discomfort, bleeding and bruising. Although laser skin resurfacing using the same basic principles of other procedures and treats aging, damaged skin by removing a layer of skin, it does so through a noninvasive procedure that uses laser energy to remove as much skin as needed. This allows for a much deeper removal through more precise and less invasive techniques. Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat:
- Sun damage
- Crow's feet
- Brown spots
- Precancerous growths
- Chicken pox scars
- Superficial facial scars
While this procedure may be most commonly performed to treat the effects of aging, it can be performed on patients of any age who are looking to restore their skin to a smooth, clear complexion free of blemishes and other imperfections.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
IPL Photofacial is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL Photofacials can improve the signs of sun damage, rosacea and brown spots on the face, hands and body. It has also been used to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. The IPL Photofacial handpiece is gently pressed to the skin and painless pulses of light are emitted. Usually 4-6 treatment sessions lasting about 20 minutes each will provide you with beautiful results. There is no recuperation time – with an IPL Photofacial you can return to work or resume your normal activities on the same day. You will notice a gradual, natural-looking improvement in your skin with time. IPL Photofacial is a safe solution tailor-made to your skin type and condition.
Obagi Blue Peel
Obagi Blue Peel is a mild chemical peel that works in conjunction with the Obagi Nu-Derm System to reverse the effects of aging, sun damage and other skin conditions and leave skin looking and feeling smooth, tight and fully restored. The Blue Peel treatment improves the appearance and health of your skin by removing dead skin cells and promoting the growth of new ones, leaving your skin brightened and revitalized. Patients interested in an Obagi Blue Peel are advised to use the Obagi Nu-Derm System, a full line of skincare products that helps improve the skin's natural renewal process. It is recommended that patients use these products for at least six weeks before undergoing the Blue Peel procedure, which helps prevent hyperpigmentation from occurring after the peel and prepares the skin to achieve the most effective results.