Skin Resurfacing

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Common Questions About Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing provides effective treatment to repair and rejuvenate damaged skin. This treatment can diminish the appearance of wrinkles, scars and uneven skin tone to leave the treated area looking younger and more attractive.

Dr. Garcia has performed thousands of skin resurfacing procedures with great success.   With a single treatment, one can expect to diminish the fine lines by 70-90%.

What conditions does skin resurfacing treat?

Skin resurfacing is useful in eliminating or diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, scars, age spots, spider veins, warts, birthmarks, enlarged pores, tattoos, or sun-damaged skin.

What types of Skin Resurfacing are offered at The Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery?

  • Dermabrasion
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Fractionated Laser Treatment

How does resurfacing work?

All resurfacing treatments are aimed at removing the outermost layers of skin and stimulating the growth of new collagen.  The effect will be tighter skin, lessening of fine lines, irregular skin tone, and skin un-evenness.

Typically, when it comes to resurfacing, the rule of thumb is that the aggressiveness of the treatment depends on the condition of the skin and the desired correction.  Usually, the stronger the treatment, the longer the recovery time for the patient.



Skin Resurfacing Before and After Results

*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Garcia will base his recommendations for a particular skin resurfacing technique on the patient’s concerns and desired outcome.  He will strive to use the least invasive procedure to achieve the best result for the patient.

How are resurfacing treatments performed?

Dr. Roberto Garcia performs resurfacing procedures either alone or in conjunction with other aging face surgeries.  If performed alone, the procedure can be performed in our office based surgery setting under mild sedation with a local anesthetic. If Dr. Garcia is performing skin resurfacing procedures as part of another surgery necessitating heavier anesthesia, it will be done in a JCAHO/AAAHC accredited surgery center with board certified Anesthesiologists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Registered Nurses.  Patients may have a choice of IV sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure can vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour in length.

What are the risks of skin resurfacing?

Although rare, the most common side effects are skin pigment changes with hyperpigmentation being the most common of those.  There is a risk of prolonged redness (Post peel erythema), Hypopigmentation (white skin), and PIH (Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation).  Hyperpigmentation, while common in certain skin types, is still overall very rare.

Dr. Garcia will analyze the patient’s skin during consultation and provide a treatment plan to prevent these side effects from occurring.

What is The Recovery from Skin Resurfacing like?

If a Medium chemical peel or Fractionated laser is performed, the patient will be pink for approximately one week, but this too can vary by a few days.

Dermabrasion causes the most amount of redness and swelling as it is treating the deepest lines of the skin.  Generally speaking, patients have some variation of pink skin for 2-3 weeks.

Dr. Garcia has performed thousands of resurfacing procedures and depending upon the depth of penetration, the recovery can change.  If microdermabrasion or light chemical peels are done, there is virtually no recovery.

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