Facial skin resurfacing refers to several different procedures, including chemical peels, laser resurfacing and dermabrasion, which are able to revitalize the skin. These procedures can improve the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, melasma and freckles.
A chemical peel is a procedure which uses a chemical solution to peel away the top layers of skin. The skin is left smoother and rejuvenated. There are three types of chemical peels which include, from the mildest to the strongest, alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peels, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, and phenol peels.
Dermabrasion is a procedure which mechanically removes the top layer of skin through a method of controlled surgical scraping with a high speed rotating brush. Deeper scars and wrinkles can be treated.
Laser resurfacing is a procedure which uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser device to vaporize the top layer of skin. Wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring and pre-cancerous skin can be treated.
If you are a healthy individual who is looking to improve the appearance of aged skin, then a skin resurfacing procedure may be right for you.
During a consultation for skin resurfacing, your face will be examined, a thorough medical history taken, and your goals discussed. A treatment plan will be recommended and all aspects of the procedure will be explained including the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.
Dr. Naderi performs some skin resurfacing procedures in his office and others in INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital.
Skin resurfacing procedures may be performed with MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or local anesthesia.
Patients can expect a recovery of about three to five days after a milder skin resurfacing procedure such as an AHA or TCA peel. Deeper resurfacing procedures may take about ten days. Some swelling and redness may occur, and the treatment area may develop a crust. Redness can last for up to four weeks. Ointments will need to be applied during the recovery period.
Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks.
Insurance generally does not cover skin resurfacing procedures which are solely cosmetic in nature, though some degree of coverage may be available when treating major deformities or skin injuries. Patients should be sure to check with their own insurance company.
Dr. Naderi’s office in Herndon, VA is conveniently located near the following:
- Northern Virginia
- Fairfax county
- Loudoun County
- Tysons corner
- Virginia beach
- Great falls
- Montgomery County
- Howard County
- Baltimore, MD
- Chevy Chase
- White Marsh
- Arundle Mills
- Washington DC
- Washington D.C.
- Adams Morgan
- Pentagon City
- North west
- Falls church