Forms of Non-Laser and Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Forms of Non-Laser and Laser Skin Resurfacing

If you are wondering about the difference between skin resurfacing and skin rejuvenation the answer is that “skin rejuvenation” is a wide term used to describe any treatment which improves the appearance of the skin. On the other hand, “skin resurfacing” is the name for any procedure that actually removes the outermost layer of skin cells, many of which are already dead. Therefore resurfacing is a form of skin rejuvenation treatment. However, there are also many forms of skin resurfacing. It is not a single procedure.

Anything which removes outer skin cells is a resurfacing procedure. Such procedures can be done with chemicals or various types of machinery. One of the most invasive types of skin resurfacing is deep laser resurfacing. Such a procedure requires anesthetic to be used, and the recovery time can be somewhat lengthy. However, other skin resurfacing options exist as well.

Undergoing Milder Forms of Laser Resurfacing

Many milder forms of resurfacing using lasers for skincare do not require intense anesthesia. Instead, anesthesia creams or salves of some kind can be used to numb the surface in the treatment area, reducing or eliminating recovery time. Lasers are precision tools, and a trained technician can adjust the intensity level of a laser or choose to use a particular type of laser in order to achieve the desired result.

If you choose to undergo laser resurfacing you should know that less intense treatments may help you to avoid recovery time, but you may also require multiple appointments. Nevertheless, you can use such treatments to get rid of skin issues such as moderate wrinkles and fine lines. However, you may not be a candidate for such a procedure if your skin is too dark due to how the lasers are calibrated.

Using Microdermabrasion for Skin Resurfacing

There are various types of microdermabrasion tools on today’s market. Most of them use aluminum oxide crystals or other materials which function much like sandpaper when they encounter the skin’s surface, rubbing off dead cells and debris. Microdermabrasion is safe to use on all skin colors. However, the results of microdermabrasion treatment are not as readily noticeable or long-lasting as those you might achieve by having a laser procedure done. In fact, you may need between five and 10 treatments before you notice significant skin improvement.

Achieving Skin Resurfacing with a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels use various types of acids, including glycolic acid, to remove debris and dead skin cells. Skin discoloration and fine lines can often be treated with chemical peels. However, they do not effectively treat deep wrinkles. You should also know that, as with microdermabrasion, you will need several treatments before you start to see positive changes in the appearance of your skin.

Another thing to be aware of about chemical peels is that at-home peel kits are available. However, they are not as strong or effective as treatments you can get in your local skincare clinics. Additionally, trained professionals are required in order to achieve the best results with the fewest side effects.

Treating Your Skin with Ongoing Healthy Habits and Other Supportive Care

Of course, not all skincare techniques involve resurfacing. For example, Ultherapy uses ultrasound to penetrate skin tissues and encourage collagen production. You should investigate all forms of supportive care for your skin before making a selection.

It is also worth noting that you can do a lot to protect your skin on your own at home, either before or after you have clinical skincare procedures performed. For instance, increasing the amount of blueberries you eat can boost the antioxidants in your system, which can help to destroy skin damaging free radicals. You can also eat more salmon to increase your Omega-3 fatty acid levels, cutting back on inflammation in your skin cells. Eating a generally healthy diet on a consistent basis can go a long way to help you protect your skin as well.

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