As we age, our skin changes. Variations in color develop. We get blotches, brown spots and uneven coloration that detract from the youthful appearance that we once had. The clarity of our skin diminishes and we spend more time and money trying to cover blemishes and regain the complexion we had in our youth. Creams and lotions can’t undo the damage that has been caused by aging or environmental factors, but a qualified cosmetic surgeon has options to help you rejuvenate your appearance. Dermabrasion has been used for years as a way to scrub off the top layer of skin, remove damaged cells and restore vitality to the face. And a newer, better treatment is the MicroLaserPeel procedure. It is the next step in skin restoration, offering truly dramatic results for patients who want more.
How are Dermabrasion and MicroLaserPeel different?
Dermabrasion is a simple way to evenly and safely exfoliate the skin without chemicals or lasers. The process rejuvenates the skin by using ultra-fine crystals to remove the upper layers of the epidermis, increasing the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in firmer, more youthful looking skin. Dermabrasion will subtly minimize fine lines and wrinkles, acne and scarring and enlarged pores and lighten age spots. Results are seen after the first treatment, but they are minimal. It generally takes 4 to 5 treatments, performed every 7 to days, to see noticeable results. In addition, for maximum results long term, the treatments should be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks. For many patients, although Dermabrasion offers a non-invasive approach to regaining more youthful skin, the maintenance and frequency of treatment is not practical. The procedure also does not reach deep enough into the epidermis to offer the type of results that can be achieved with a laser treatment.
The MicroLaserPeel, also called the “weekend” skin peel, more directly addresses conditions associated with sun damage and aging than Dermabrasion. Compared to Dermabrasion or light chemical peels, a MicroLaserPeel is a deeper treatment that precisely removes the outermost layers of skin. It is used to treat wrinkles, scars, acne scars, and irregular pigmentation effectively and immediately. The MicroLaserPeel procedure involves the use of a highly advanced laser to reach deeper into the skin layers to remove aged and damaged skin cells, which slough off, revealing new, vibrant, fresh skin underneath. Because the laser treats the deeper layers of skin, it also stimulates the growth of collagen, preventing new wrinkles from forming during the treatment period. This is a significant added benefit to patients.
Why is MicroLaserPeel so much more effective than Dermabrasion?
MicroLaserPeel is significantly more effective than Dermabrasion because it affects deeper layers of tissue. Dermabrasion should be performed by a qualified medical professional but is a non-invasive form of exfoliation. It is only designed to remove surface skin cells, which is why it needs to be performed more often. Generally, Dermabrasion can only reach a depth of approximately 10 microns. MicroLaserPeel can reach as deep as 60 microns, roughly the thickness of a piece of notebook paper. Because this procedure ablates deeper into the epidermis, it is able to treat skin conditions that originate at a deeper level, producing noticeable results right away. MicroLaserPeel is the perfect treatment level between Dermabrasion and full Laser Skin Resurfacing.
How do the recovery periods differ between Dermabrasion and MicroLaserPeel?
Dermabrasion is really just a form of exfoliation, so although the skin may be tender and red for a few days, recovery is minimal. The procedure requires no anesthetic. The MicroLaserPeel treatment usually requires the use of a topical anesthesic. Healing takes 3 to 4 days and looks like a mild sunburn with redness beginning to fade by the third day. The redness can be covered with makeup on the fourth day. Patients experience smoother, healthier, more vibrant skin, with a significant and immediate change in skin texture and tightness. A MicroLaserPeel is the perfect step between microdermabrasion and more aggressive full laser resurfacing.
Is MicroLaserPeel right for me?
Dr. Dominic Castellano, of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery understands that many patients are looking for something more powerful than Dermabrasion but don’t have time for the prolonged healing process involved with full Laser Skin Resurfacing. This is why he offers the MicroLaserPeel procedure, which is performed in his fully accredited facility under the care of his highly trained, professional staffed. The procedure is not right for everyone, however, so it is important to consult with the doctor before making the decision to have this, or any cosmetic procedure. Dr. Castellano will evaluate your health, the condition of your skin along with your needs and desires, and develop a treatment plan just for you.
Dr. Castellano is an expert in is field, with double board certification and years of experience in MicroLaserPeel and other cosmetic procedures that will help you regain the youthful appearance you once had. If you want to know more about MicroLaserPeel, call Elite Facial Plastic Surgery today at (813) 975-3223 for your complimentary consultation, or visit our website at www.EliteTampa.com for more information.