Laser resurfacing is popular at my Orange County practice because it’s a very effective non-invasive option for smoothing lines and easing discoloration. But it’s not the only procedure that can make a significant difference without an incision. Here’s a quick overview of the types of skin resurfacing I offer at my practice:
- Lasers: Laser skin resurfacing is a versatile option that can be customized to meet the needs of a variety of patients. From birthmark removal to skin tightening, lasers stimulate the growth of new skin and collagen for an even-toned, radiant result. Downtime can vary from one day to several weeks depending on the type of laser used and its intensity. Laser resurfacing can also cause a temporary, painless bruising called purpura.
- Intense pulsed light, or IPL: Similar to laser treatments, this light treatment uses powerful light at different wavelengths to target certain skin concerns such as discoloration or wrinkles. The light damages the skin slightly to promote the growth of new, healthier skin. IPL comes with little to no downtime.
- Chemical peels: These peels come in a variety of formulations and strengths with powerful active ingredients such as retinol, antioxidants, and alpha hydroxy acids. Because they come in so many varieties, chemical peels are versatile and can greatly improve the look of a variety of concerns. Many peels require at least a few days of downtime at home and decreased sun exposure as the skin heals.
These procedures are not as invasive as surgery, but they are serious treatments. Although these options are all safe and effective, it’s important to choose an experienced physician or technician to get the best results.