There are few people in the world that have not struggled with some type of minor facial flaw.  In fact, by the age of 30, the majority of us will have experienced a form of acne, sun damage or at least the start of wrinkles.  Here are some of the most common facial flaws and a solution to repair the damage:

1) Acne Scars – Most adolescents will develop acne when sebaceous glands become plugged with excess oil during the teenage years.  This causes pimples or nodules which will usually go away after time.  But if the bumps are squeezed or the acne more severe, then lasting scars can develop on the face.

2) Age Spots – Also known as Liver Spots, these brownish patches appear on the skin as a person ages.  The cause is due to either sun damage and/or genetics but the spots are not harmful in any way.  However, many people wish to have these large brown spots removed for cosmetic reasons.

3) Large Pores – Pores are the tiny openings on our skin that allow oil to be released to keep our skin soft and hydrated.  Most people’s pores are virtually unnoticeable, but in some cases, large pores can be caused by hereditary or by becoming clogged with oils and skin cells.  People with thicker, oily skin tend to have larger pores and pores do expand with age.

4) Rosacea – this skin condition is characterized by facial redness, small nodules and minor swelling of the facial tissue.  Rosacea usually affects people with fair skin and it worsens over time.  While it can be kept in check with topical or oral medications, Rosacea tends to cyclic (it will flare up for weeks to months and then recede).

5) Scars – Facial scars (other than those caused by acne) can appear for any number of reasons.  Perhaps an accident left a scar or chicken pox, removal of a wart or mole or a burn.  A scar is formed after an injury heals and leaves the skin with a different texture or color than the surrounding area.

6) Skin Texture, Sun Damage & Wrinkles – while many different factors can affect our skin, sun damage is usually the culprit behind the creation of wrinkles, leathery skin and uneven complexion.  Overexposure to the sun can cause skin cancer, contribute to age spots and exacerbate rosacea.

Most of these skin conditions are relatively minor (with the exception of skin cancer), but many people still prefer to remove or reduce the appearance of these facial flaws.  According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board certified, facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective ways to treat imperfections of the skin once they have occurred.  Skin resurfacing treatments can reduce lines and wrinkles, as well as age spots, scars, moles and other skin lesions.  Laser therapy can shrink large pores and resolve many of the issues that rosacea causes in the skin (bumps, spider veins, redness).    The laser removes layers of skin to treat problems both in the top layer of the skin (epidermis) as well as in the deeper layers of skin (dermis).  When the skin heals, collagen growth is stimulated which will leave the skin smoother and healthier.  Laser skin resurfacing also produces an overall younger appearance because of increased elasticity of the rejuvenated skin cells.

For many years, Dr. Dominic Castellano of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery has been at the forefront of laser surgery for both functional and cosmetic purposes.  This procedure is extremely safe and requires minimal downtime.  If you would like to learn more about how Laser Skin Resurfacing can work to reduce your facial flaws, please contact us at our fully accredited facility in Tampa to set up a complimentary consultation.

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