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Skin Rejuvenation

Non-surgical Procedure

Introduction

Your skin speaks what you’ve been through – sun exposure, age, and lifestyle. All these elements can cause the emergence of wrinkles, acne, scars, sunspots, and sagging skin. As we grow older, our collagen supply diminishes as well, resulting in unpleasant skin issues.
Alarming as it is, there is something we can do – skin rejuvenation! Yes, there is hope for aging and damaged skin.
Skin rejuvenation involves any treatment that revitalizes your damaged skin, making it firmer, younger, and healthier. As a result, your skin develops a smoother tone and texture. The goal of skin rejuvenation is exfoliation, which is the removal of weathered layers of skin and regeneration of new skin cells.
Depending on your specific skin problem, there are plenty of aesthetic rejuvenation options you can avail yourself of.
In most cases, our skin rejuvenation clinic in NJ offers non-invasive and non-surgical procedures. Only a small portion is mildly invasive, which includes injectables. There are many skin rejuvenation options available but the most common type is skin resurfacing.

Who Needs Skin Resurfacing?

If you have skin problems caused by the sun, age, or acne, which cannot be resolved using ordinary over-the-counter products, skin resurfacing could work for your situation.
Skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for any or a combination of the following skin concerns:

Static and dynamic wrinkles

Static wrinkles are always visible and look the same even with facial movements. Dynamic wrinkles are those that look like folds but deepen with facial movements.

Scars

These might be a result of injury or acne, producing a wavy appearance to your skin.

Sagging skin

This occurs because of the loss of fat, which is due to the reduction or deterioration of collagen.

Fine lines and wrinkles

This also occurs because of the breakdown of collagen and elastin. As we age, our bodies cannot cope with generating new collagen, so our skin loses its strength and elasticity.

Warts

These are caused by a virus that triggers excessive amounts of keratin, a hard protein that develops on the top layer of the skin.

Pigmentation

As a result of sun exposure, your skin develops sun spots, freckles, or darkened portions.

Dull skin

Due to the proliferation of dead skin cells and congested pores, the skin loses its usual vibrant glow.

Uneven skin texture and tone

When your skin’s supportive structures collagen and elastin weaken, it takes away your skin’s firmness and causes cellulite buildup.

Vascular Lesions

These appear as small blisters filled with blood or facial redness

How Skin Resurfacing Works

Skin resurfacing treatments use either lasers, chemicals, or equipment to enhance your skin’s appearance or correct facial problems. It works because it doesn’t just resolve the issue in the outermost part, but at the roots – cell revitalization.

Why Skin Resurfacing

1. Safe and natural

Skin resurfacing treats your skin problems by activating your skin’s natural healing process. Traditional methods could involve going under the knife, which might be risky. Skin resurfacing is considered safe and more efficient.

2. No downtime

There is little to no downtime with skin resurfacing. It doesn’t involve a complicated surgical process and can finish within minutes to hours. After the treatment, you can immediately resume your normal activities.

3. Long-lasting results

While it may not prevent the recurrence of new wrinkles, it works wonderfully in tandem with an excellent skincare routine in maintaining a continuous glowing complexion.

Skin Resurfacing Options

There are various types of skin resurfacing methods available, each adapting a unique form of sophisticated technology that successfully reinvigorates your skin.
Not every method, however, is suitable for all types of skin. That is why before undergoing the treatment, the aesthetic doctor evaluates your skin condition and overall health.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a precise method to remove skin layers using lasers. Newly created skin cells give your skin a tighter and younger appearance. This could be done as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other cosmetic surgeries. It could either be ablative (wounding) or non-ablative (non-wounding).
Below are the best laser resurfacing options you can avail, depending on your skin requirements:
• Fraxel Restore Dual Laser
This type of laser is non-ablative and triggers collagen production in your skin, giving it a healthier glow. The laser energy expedites the healing response of your skin, increasing the recovery time by 1 to 3 days. This superb laser treatment eliminates brown spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Restore Dual deploys two distinct wavelengths – Erbium and Thulium lasers – to achieve skin rejuvenation. The first wavelength generates collagen and elastin fibers, while the second one enables a pinpoint targeting of areas with troublesome pigmentation.
• Fraxel Repair Laser
The Fraxel Repair Laser is an ablative fractional CO2 laser that stimulates collagen growth and skin rejuvenation by vaporizing tissue in a controlled manner. The recovery period is longer, ranging from several days to weeks.
This type of laser is effective for resolving moderate wrinkles, scarring, serious sun damage, mottled pigmentation, cosmetic tattoos, and moderate skin laxity.
• Vbeam Perfecta
This laser is one of the most sophisticated methods in aesthetic rejuvenation because it uses PDL (pulsed dye laser). Vbeam Perfects is considered the gold standard for PL lasers. Unlike IPL, Vbeam Perfecta is gentler on the skin so it is safer.
The laser power is still strong but its energy burst is gentle when applied to the area. During the treatment, the PL laser is comfortable. The Vbeam Perfect is equipped with a cooling technology that soothes your skin.
It can treat various skin diseases like wrinkles, scars, leg veins, warts, acne, rosacea, and many more.
• GentleYAG
GentleYAG is also a laser treatment that specifically targets the pigment, addressing facial veins and red spots. Originally, this laser surgery was developed especially for dark hair but now aesthetic experts use it for skin tightening.
The laser light seeps deep within the skin, promoting efficient collagen building. Though GentleYag laser light is powerful, it is perfectly safe for all skin types.
• Q-Switched Lasers
The Q-switched laser, also known as Q-switch, is a non-invasive technique that uses high-intensity light pulses. This laser disintegrates pigmentation, enabling the formation of fresh collagen or terminate fungus.
Their contact with the skin is lesser compared to other lasers, so it does not harm the surrounding tissues. Q-switching can be used for tattoo removal, age spots, sunspots, moles, leg veins, angiomas, and other related skin problems.
• Starlux IPL
The Starlux device produces Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which delivers pulses of thermal energy to the affected area. The dermis absorbs the broadband light energy and directs it to the melanin. The pigment dries and rises to the epidermis’ surface. A scab then forms, which falls off, giving the floor to new skin.
The Starlux IPL device’s sapphire tip contact cooling allows a safe and comfortable skin resurfacing experience. This treatment can address rosacea and sun-damaged skin.

Ultrasound Skin Treatments

These are skin tightening treatments that use ultrasound energy to heat the skin and promote collagen production.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive surgery approved by the FDA for lifting the neck, brow, and chin. If you’re familiar with the radiology technology used during pregnancy ultrasound, this is the same technology used.
When placed on your skin, the Ultherapy device delivers ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production, giving your skin a tighter look. As a result, it significantly reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Overall, it makes your face slimmer and lifted in a non-invasive manner.

Radiofrequency (RF) treatments

In these treatments, RF energy is used to heat the skin for collagen regeneration. Unlike ultrasound, RF treatments focus on epidermal layers for a firmer and smoother appearance.

Exilis

Exilis is a non-surgical procedure that uses monopolar radiofrequency (RF) to reduce fats and add contouring effects to your skin. The Exilis device comes with two handpieces – one for treating the body, the other for treating the face.
When subjected to RF energy, your fat cells shrink and the collagen network restructures to form new collagen. You might need to undergo between two to six treatments, depending on your skin condition.
From fine lines to deep wrinkles, Exilis can treat them all. After the treatment, your skin becomes smoother and your body and face recontoured.

Thermage

As a non-invasive procedure, Thermage uses state-of-the-art RF technology that penetrates the deepest layers of the skin, stimulating the formation of new collagen and tightening your skin. After the treatment, you can expect your skin to have a radiant glow and beautiful contours.
In just a few minutes, you can address visible signs of aging, giving you a younger-looking appearance.

eTwo

As the name suggests, two treatments – Sublative Rejuvenation and Sublime Skin Contouring – are combined in this procedure.
Unlike other skin rejuvenation techniques that use light energy, eTwo uses radio-frequency energy to deliver a tightening treatment for reducing wrinkles, fine lines, acne scarring, and pores.

ePrime

Similar to eTwo, ePrime devices utilize radio-frequency in tightening the skin, resulting in increased amounts of collagen and elastic tissue. Noticeable results for ePrime can already be seen in a single treatment.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling or chemoexfoliation is an ablative resurfacing technique that involves applying chemical solutions to your skin, making it “blister” and peel off. The result is a new layer of smooth and less wrinkled skin. Chemical peels can be used to treat fine lines, sun-damaged wrinkles, mild scars, acne, age spots, and freckles.
Our Clinic in NJ offers an excellent menu of chemical peels, which will be administered depending on skin type and need. You can experience skin peeling a few days after receiving the treatment. For more dramatic results, expect a longer recovery period.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion has its roots in Italy during the mid-’90s and remains one of the most effective treatments for improving skin tone and texture. This minimally invasive procedure involves using a special applicator that sands away your skin’s outer layer. During this process, the device propels microcrystals to your skin, which are vacuumed later, including skin debris.
This treatment works well for enlarged pores, light scars, and sun-damaged skin. Microdermabrasion, however, might not be suitable for darker or thinner skin types because they are more prone to irritation and hyperpigmentation.

HydraFacial

Also known as “hydradermabrasion”, HydraFacial applies the microdermabrasion method and couples it with the use of hydrating serums. This popular skin rejuvenation NJ treatment uses the 4-in-1 Vortex Technology in the hydradermabrasion machine that thoroughly cleanses the skin and clears clogged pores.
HydraFacial improves your skin quality by making it brighter, more hydrated, and clearer. It is a reliable treatment for addressing blackheads, rosacea, and acne.

Microneedling

The procedure uses superfine sterilized needles to create a uniform pattern of micro punctures on your skin. The wounds on your prickled skin cause your body to increase the production of collagen and elastin. This process heals your skin and makes it look younger.
Microneedling effectively reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin laxity, and reduces scarring. The mini punctures are created to act as ducts where the rejuvenating serums enter and penetrate the deeper skin layers.
Today’s micro-needling is even better because of the revolutionary Vivace Fractional Micro Needle RF. This device uses radiofrequency energy and LED lights to eliminate bacteria and improve collagen production.

Pre-Treatment Preparations

Look for the expert

Before rushing into our Medical Spa in NJ, approach our certified plastic surgeon for an assessment if you are a good candidate.

Disclose your full medical history

Always be honest about any underlying physical conditions or allergies that you have so we can evaluate your risk. If you are prone to fever blisters or cold sores, the doctor can prescribe antiviral medications.

Avoid intake of certain medications

Once you decide to go for the procedure, the doctor will advise you to avoid taking any medications and supplements like ibuprofen, aspirin, and vitamin E, which can affect clotting before surgery.

Avoid direct sun exposure

Minimize exposure to the sun for at least two months before the surgery or at least wear sun protection.

Stay healthy

The surgery purposely creates wounds so that fresher cells will grow. The healthier you are, the better the recovery process. Drink well to stay hydrated.
If you are a smoker, then you should stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery. Smoking delays your recovery period.

Arrange your ride home

If you undergo skin resurfacing, then you will most likely be sedated, which gives feelings of drowsiness and relaxation. It’s highly recommended that you get someone to drive for you.

How Skin Resurfacing is Done

Skin resurfacing is an outpatient treatment, so you don’t have to stay for the night. Depending on your needs, the doctor might target individually per portion or treat the whole face.
When treating small areas, you could be given a local anesthetic to numb them. For whole-face treatment, you might need general anesthesia.
For parts around the face, the treatment only lasts around 45 minutes maximum. However, for a full-face treatment, it could take up to two hours. The surgeon bandages the areas treated with laser procedure.
If you are receiving non-wounding laser treatment, you are usually scheduled for additional treatments for the upcoming weeks or months.

Post-Treatment Recovery

24 hours after the treatment, you have to clean the treated parts fives time a day and apply ointments to prevent the formation of scabs. It’s normal for swelling to occur after the treatment. You may be prescribed steroids to manage eye swelling. Adding an extra pillow during sleep could also ease swelling problems.
Experiencing itches or stinging are also typical within 12 to 72 hours after the treatment. Expect your skin to become dry 7 days after skin resurfacing. The healing usually takes around 10 to 21 days depending on the type of skin problem treated.
Your skin will be more sensitive than normal for about one year so stay out of direct sun exposure or tanning treatments to prevent irregular pigmentation. Be sure to wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to reduce the risk of sun damage or sunburn. Apply sunscreen every morning to protect your skin the whole day and reapply if needed.

Results of Skin Resurfacing

For several months, you will notice that your skin is reddish or pinkish. But once healing takes place, you will notice the improved appearance and quality of your skin, which could last for years.
For non-ablative laser resurfacing, the results come gradually. Over time, you will see improvements in your skin’s texture and pigment.

Risks and Side Effects of Skin Resurfacing

Similar to other cosmetic treatments, laser skin resurfacing comes with risks. These include the following:

  • Swelling and itching
  • Acne
  • Infection
  • Bumps
  • Burning
  • Rashes
  • Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation

These possible side effects, however, can be mitigated if you carefully observe the doctor’s pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions. Make sure to disclose any medical history to the doctor so the proper antibiotic or antiviral medication can be given.

Where to Start

Though the skin rejuvenation NJ is not as risky as invasive surgeries, you still have to ensure that you get quality treatment. This can only happen if you approach a licensed and experienced aesthetician. Discuss your goals with your Dr. Gartner so that you can be more confident in the process.

*Disclaimer

No guarantees of any kind unless they are money-back guarantees. No claims of permanent results. No “Miracle cures” for medical ailments.*

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