Skin Resurfacing Treatments in Birmingham, AL
As we age, the color, texture, and tone of our skin changes.
These changes are due more to environment factors than aging. Smoking and sun damage cause wrinkles and give the skin a sallow appearance. To improve the skin surface, we perform an array of skin resurfacing treatments. The simplest treatment is a light chemical peel and the most advanced is fractional laser resurfacing.
Skin resurfacing is a general term for improving the appearance of the surface of the skin. In years past, chemical peels or dermabrasion have been the way to do do this. Now with improvements in technology, we can be much more precise in how we address these issues. For the most superficial sanding, we now use microdermabrasion. This addresses only the most superficial layer of the skin – more of a gentle buffing. For improvement in redness and brown spots we use BBL (broad band light/Intense pulse light), which also can reverse skin aging.
One step further is laser resurfacing. With this amazing technology, we can target precisely how deep we go. The superficial laser peels have no down time. The deep laser peels for wrinkle removal can also have up to a week of down time. The new Halo laser combines a superficial and a deep component so we can get more improvement with much less down time. The choice of resurfacing treatment will also depend on your goals and your willingness to have more down time.
Ginsburg Dermatology Center explains skin resurfacing.
The skin resurfacing treatments we offer, listed from lightest to heaviest, include:
- Microdermabrasion – Like buffing the skin, a gentle sandblasting will smooth lines, lighten age spots, and treat other signs of skin damage.
- Chemical Peel – This treatment uses a safe chemical to exfoliate, smooth, refine and brighten the complexion. Useful for acne, blackheads/whiteheads, facial discoloration (postinflammatory hyperpigmentation), wrinkles and enhanced penetration of topical skincare products. This can be performed as a light chemical peel, or go deeper with a medium-strength peel.
- MicroLaserPeel – The most superfical laser, also known as the “Weekend Peel,” because most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work within 3 to 4 days.
- Superficial Erbium Peel – An erbium laser provides a milder and less invasive treatment option than a carbon dioxide (C02) laser. The C02 Laser is able to remove deeper layers of damaged skin than the erbium laser. However, an erbium laser treatment provides those whose skin damage is not as severe – or who would simply prefer a more rapid recovery – with an excellent alternative.
- Profractional Laser – The Profractional Laser is a quick and comfortable laser procedure used to improve the overall appearance of the skin using a laser microbeam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. Only a fraction of the skin is treated with the laser, so healing of the skin occurs in a matter of days rather than weeks. Patients with fine lines and wrinkles, post-traumatic scars, acne scars, tightening of the skin, aging and sun-damaged skin will choose this treatment.
- Halo Laser – The halo laser is an innovative, noninvasive treatment designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and brown spots; all while improving the skin’s texture and tone. It combines deep dermal rejuvenation with epidermal renewal for a combined effect. The halo laser can also help with surgical or acne scars. The Halo laser offers great results with minimal downtime. Doctors may prescribe 3-5 treatments.
- Full Field Laser Peel – In this deeper treatment, the entire surface layer of skin is removed in the designated treatment area, commonly on the brow, cheeks and around the mouth. This is most effective for deep lines, texture issues and significant sun damage. However, recovery usually takes 1 week.