Do you hate what the sun has done to your skin over time? Do you want to fix acne scars and hide wrinkles? Skin resurfacing at Athré Facial Aesthetics treatment might be the perfect fit for you.
What Is Skin Resurfacing and How Does It Work?
There are several types of skin resurfacing, all used to treat skin irregularities: laser treatments, chemical peels, and dermabrasion.
• In laser resurfacing (or a “laser peel”), a carbon dioxide laser is used to remove layers of damaged or wrinkled skin. This technique directs short pulsating beams of light directly at the targeted areas. The new skin that forms during the healing process gives your face a tighter, younger-looking feel. There is little to no downtime with laser resurfacing and any post-operative pain is minimal.
• Chemical peels are intended not only for cosmetic care, but also for therapeutic purposes like melasma (dark pigmentation on the face during pregnancy) and precancerous conditions like keratosis. Usually the patient will receive a peel at intervals of two to four weeks in order to see the best results. Dr. Athré begins by cleansing the skin and then applying a chemical solution onto the face.
• Dermabrasion injures the skin in a controlled manner by using an abrasive manner and it’s used most often to treat certain types of scarring and aged skin. Although you may have heard of “microdermabrasion”, it’s not actually the same. Unlike dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical procedure that affects only the dead layers of skin, which are exfoliated away when the area is sprayed with a crystalline material. Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure and local anesthesia is required, whereas microdermabrasion is a superficial treatment.
Dr. Athré is experienced in different types of skin procedures and is a trusted plastic surgeon in laser resurfacing.
Preparing for Your Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Dr. Athré will determine if you’re a good candidate after discussing your medical history, current health, and desired results. Laser resurfacing is a common and safe cosmetic procedure, but like with any aesthetic procedure, there are important preparations you must take before going into the office. You’ll need to avoid taking any medications that can affect blood clotting, like aspirin and ibuprofen, up to ten days before the treatment. If you’re a smoker, you should stop for two weeks before and after, as it can slow down the healing process. Tell Dr. Athré if you’re prone to cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth, as laser skin resurfacing can trigger breakouts. He can prescribe you with an antiviral medication for the cold sores, as well as an antibiotic to prevent bacterial infections.
What to Expect After Your Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Following the procedure, Dr. Athré will bandage the treated area. After 24 hours, you’ll need to clean your skin four to five times a day and then apply an ointment to prevent scabbing. Depending on what condition was treated, the area should heal in ten to twenty-one days. You may have swelling after the laser treatment, which is normal, and he may prescribe steroids to manage it. Putting an ice pack on the treated area will also help.
Your Skin Resurfacing Treatment at Athré Facial Aesthetics
Athré Facial Aesthetics offers a wide range of facial plastic surgery options. To schedule a consultation, please call our offices at (281) 557-3223.