Sun exposure, aging, skin disorders and heredity can cause skin irregularities such as wrinkles, acne scars, freckles, sunspots and visible blood vessels. Skin may also become less firm over time, or develop cellulite. Skin rejuvenation is a cosmetic treatment designed to reduce or even eliminate these irregularities. Rejuvenation can make the skin look firmer, smoother and more youthful. Multiple treatments or repeated treatments over a period of time may be desirable; results gradually become apparent.
Skin rejuvenation includes a number of different treatments, but all are designed to leave a softer, smoother surface. Dermabrasion is similar to sanding a surface, while chemical peels actually peel away skin cells. Lasers provide the same function by removing skin cells, but they also encourage new skin to grow and can help tighten the skin. A laser skin treatment can promote the growth of new collagen, the protein that supports the skin. Collagen tends to diminish with age, which makes skin more likely to sag.
Some patients have a flushed look after laser skin rejuvenation, similar to a sunburn. Some patients report an itching or burning sensation with laser skin rejuvenation, but it is not usually painful. The sensations may last for several days. The application of ice usually minimizes or relieves any discomfort. Patients can return to normal activities immediately after laser skin rejuvenation.
The first step is cleansing the face. Eye protection is necessary for the patient. The practitioner slowly passes a wand or hand-held device over the skin. After the procedure, special ointments or creams are used to protect and moisturize the skin. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes. The skin must be protected from the sun for several days after the procedure.