From microdermabrasion to chemical peels, liposuction to cryolipolysis, and ambulatory phlebectomy to blepharoplasty, there are a variety of treatments and procedures available to address the health, function, and beauty of the skin. Dermatological surgeons are experts in performing these treatments and procedures, and this article will provide an overview of the different types of skin treatments available. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that removes the top layer of skin, resulting in a smoother skin texture. It can be used to treat age spots, lighter acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun-damaged skin, and wrinkles.
Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin that causes the outer layers to peel off. This reveals a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. Chemical peels are usually classified as light, medium, or deep depending on the number of layers of skin that are removed. Light chemical peels use milder acid solutions such as glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), salicylic acid, fruit enzymes, or a low concentration of trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
Mechanical exfoliation treatments such as microdermabrasion and dermabrasion involve using an instrument to detach the outer layers of the skin in order to eliminate visible skin damage and reveal smoother, healthier and younger looking skin. Microdermabrasion is a relatively gentle procedure that can be used on the face, neck, hands, or body. Dermabrasion is a more powerful mechanical rejuvenation technique than microdermabrasion and involves using a rapidly rotating instrument or blade to precisely extract the skin from the treated area layer by layer to the desired depth. Microneedling is a skin rejuvenation technology that uses the skin's natural healing process to reduce skin imperfections, treat sun damage, and restore a smoother, clearer complexion.
Instead of removing layers of skin with heat or chemicals, microneedling creates microscopic “lesions” on the skin using an instrument that contains dozens of very thin, short needles. The “injuries” are not visible to the naked eye but they do trigger the natural healing response, causing the skin to produce new collagen and elastin and regenerate new, healthy skin cells. Finally, classic facial treatments cover every step of your skincare routine with professional products and a touch of luxury at the spa. The process will generally include cleansing, exfoliation, extraction (if needed), massage (face and neck), mask application (depending on your needs), toning and moisturizing. Dermatological surgeons are experts in performing treatments and procedures for all stages of life that address both medically necessary and aesthetic needs. Whether you're looking for microdermabrasion for age spots or chemical peels for wrinkles; liposuction for fat reduction or cryolipolysis for body contouring; ambulatory phlebectomy for superficial veins or blepharoplasty for saggy eyelids; microneedling for sun damage or classic facial treatments for skincare; there is a treatment available for you. In addition to these treatments mentioned above there are also other options available such as laser resurfacing which uses laser energy to remove damaged layers of skin while stimulating collagen production; radiofrequency treatments which use radiofrequency energy to heat up deep layers of tissue in order to tighten loose or sagging skin; injectable fillers which are used to fill in wrinkles or add volume to areas such as lips; and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy which uses platelets from your own blood to stimulate collagen production. No matter what type of treatment you choose it is important to consult with an experienced dermatological surgeon who can help you determine which treatment is best suited for your individual needs.