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The 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Skin Treatments
Posted by Dr. Robert Levine

The 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Skin Treatments

What would any of us give to get back the smooth, even, clear, perfectly textured skin of our youth? While once this was just wishful thinking, today, there are many cosmetic skin treatments that achieve significant improvements to the look and feel of your skin.

Whether the issue is aging, acne, or scarring, cosmetic dermatology can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin and leave it looking fresh and healthy. Most facial treatments and skin tightening treatments are appropriate for any age. As your skin develops signs of aging quite early into adulthood, some treatments can help from a preventative standpoint.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure that will have you in and out of the clinic as with a regular facial. Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation process by means of a special tool that sloughs away dead skin cells with a mist of very fine abrasive particles.

This process is perfect for the face, neck, or hands and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. It allows skin care products to penetrate more deeply, brightens and improves skin tone and diminishes the appearance of spots and scars.

Microdermabrasion can be done independently or alongside other procedures like a facial or a peel. The best results are achieved with two to three visits.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a facial treatment that uses highly concentrated beams of light, which can make a big difference in the skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance. Laser resurfacing is ideal for:

  • Removing scars
  • Minimizing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tightening skin
  • Encouraging collagen production
  • Treating brown spots or redness

The best part about opting for lasers is that the effects are long-lasting and offer dramatic improvements. However, more than one visit is typically needed.

Skin Tightening Treatments with Dermal Fillers

In the world of cosmetic dermatology, dermal fillers may be one of the least understood procedures. Dermal fillers are used to combat fine lines and wrinkles. The fillers are an injection that helps stabilize thinning skin so it’s less susceptible to sagging and wrinkling. The fillers are injected to counter the loss of volume under the skin.

Some immediate side effects from dermal fillers will require a few days of recovery, but the results last from 6 to 18 months.

Microneedling

Another low-maintenance treatment with a fairly quick recovery period is microneedling – a safe and effective procedure. Microneedling uses needles to inflict microscopic injuries on the skin that cause the skin to repair itself and, in the process, rejuvenates, decreases scars and pore size, eliminates spots from the sun or hyperpigmentation, and smooths the skin. Microneedling is also an effective procedure for stretch marks.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels resurface the skin using chemicals that peel away the skin’s top layers.  The new skin that is generated is most often smoother and less wrinkled. Chemical peels are performed in a dermatologist’s office by a doctor, nurse, or physician assistant.

There are light, medium, and deep options for chemical peels. Light or superficial peels are used to treat acne, rosacea, and pigmentation problems. A medium peel penetrates a little deeper into the skin and can resolve issues that aren’t affected by lighter peels. Deep peels are used for more pronounced wrinkles, scars, and age spots, but your provider might recommend laser skin resurfacing as a more effective option.

Which Procedure is Right for You?

The best way to find out which cosmetic skin treatment is right for you is by consulting your dermatologist. At Advanced Dermatology, PC,  we’re happy to talk through any of these procedures with you and more. Book with us today for an online or in-office appointment so we can discuss the best treatment for you!

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