Most professional treatments for skin rejuvenation are designed to resurface the skin and enhance its texture and overall appearance. The goal is to attain a smooth, youthful skin appearance.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that skin rejuvenation procedures have steadily increased over recent years. These medical procedures are available to otherwise healthy patients by licensed dermatologists.
Conditions Skin Rejuvenation Treats
There are many personal reasons why a patient chooses to undergo a skin rejuvenation treatment regime.
Whether the choice is based upon the result of natural aging or is a treatment for a scar or other medical condition, there are many options.
The most popular indications for skin rejuvenation include the following:
- Uneven pigmentation, such as freckles or sunspots
- Scars, whether acne related or sustained from an injury or surgery
- Vascular defects, such as a hemangioma or other visible blood vessels
- Loss of skin tone and firmness from the weakness of collagen and elastin, as comes with aging
Laser skin resurfacing in which short pulsated beams of light are directed at the skin to remove defects layer by layer is a popular option. The laser actually vaporizes the damaged skin cells. This works best on fine wrinkles and shallow scarred areas, as results from acne.
Chemical Peels are done by applying different types and strengths of chemicals like glycolic acid or phenol to the affected area. This causes layers of skin to literally peel off and stimulate the regeneration of new surface skin. The chemicals are neutralized after a prescribed length of time during the treatment session. This treatment works well for sun damaged skin, fine vertical lines around the mouth and crow’s feet.
Injectable fillers work to rejuvenate the skin by relaxing or immobilizing the underlying muscles of the face or plumping the wrinkled area. There are many popular injectable products available such as Botox, Restylane and Juvederm. This treatment option is used to reduce the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles.
Dermabrasion uses a sandpaperlike wheel to mechanically remove the affected layers of skin. It is used to treat acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth.
Most skin rejuvenation treatments produce temporary results, but can be repeated if needed. The trend is for most patients to try the less invasive procedures before committing to the more invasive or surgical options.
For minimal treatment of skin issues, there are some home remedies suggested to tighten up loose skin and add tone.
- Toners are commercially available, but simple solutions like cold water or witch hazel can tighten pores and the facial skin.
- Skin masks are also available for purchase but suggested home blends include: baking soda and water made into a paste or honey and banana mashed together and applied to the face.
- Yoga exercises for the face work to tighten the facial muscles and give the appearance of better skin tone.
Skin Rejuvenation Is a Personal Choice
The choice to undergo skin rejuvenation treatment should be based upon individual cases and circumstances with the guidance of a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.