Skin Resurfacing for Radiant Skin

Beverly Hills Dermabrasion Specialist

Skin Resurfacing in Beverly Hills

Achieving radiant and youthful appearing skin can help you regain your confidence in your own skin. Our skin is our first line of defense against harsh elements we encounter in every day life. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and our once youthful glow that leads the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven texture.

Skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure to help achieve cosmetic goals of improving wrinkles, fine lines, and prior sun damage. Additionally, skin resurfacing can help improve acne scars and enlarged pores.

Glycolic Acid & Retin-A Skincare

Offered at Dr. Lesavoy’s office, skin-revitalization treatments are most recommended for patients who seek an improved complexion in the amount of recovery time associated with extensive skin resurfacing procedures.

A special topical treatment can be an option, which can be part of your home skin-care regime or a gentle revitalizing treatment at the office.

No anesthesia is needed for skin revitalization treatments and they are all applied to create smoother and refreshed looking facial skin. Glycolic acid skincare products can help soften any defects or imperfections on the facial skin. The prescription-strength formulations can help slough away dry, sun-damaged skin cells.

The mild acid can be blended with bleaching agents to correct various areas affected by uneven pigmentation. Your doctor can adjust the strength of the formula or frequency of use after evaluating your skin’s condition during follow-up visits.

Retin-A can be applied to the face nightly as part of your personal skin-care regime. It can treat acne, fine wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation caused by sun damage. Glycolic acid peels are also helpful in providing a fresher, healthier skin appearance with a radiant glow.

You can discuss more skin revitalization treatment options with Dr. Lesavoy by scheduling an appointment at our office.


Dermabrasion for Wrinkles & Sun Damaged Skin

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning are cosmetic treatments that help refine the top layers of the skin. It uses a method known as controlled surgical scraping. The treatments will soften the edges of surface imperfections, creating a more firm and smooth appearance for the skin.

The dermabrasion procedure is frequently used to improve the appearance of facial skin after having been affected by various accidents or surgery. It can also smooth out fine facial wrinkles found around the mouth. Another purpose of dermabrasion is that it can remove pre-cancerous growths known as keratosis and deep acne scars.

In general, dermabrasion is used more often to treat fine wrinkles, and dermabrasion and dermaplaning for deeper imperfections such as acne scars. A non-chemical approach may also be preferred for individuals with slightly darker skin, especially when treating limited areas of the face, since dermabrasion and dermaplaning are less likely to produce extreme changes and contrasts in skin color.

Both dermabrasion and dermaplaning are available in Beverly Hills as an outpatient procedure at Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy’s office. They can be performed as single procedures or simultaneously with facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, or scar removal.

If you believe dermabrasion or dermaplaning can refinish your skin, you can call us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment plan with Dr. Lesavoy.


Skin Resurfacing with Dermabrasion Before & After Photos

Candidates for Skin Resurfacing & Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but neither treatment will remove all scars and flaws or prevent aging. Before you decide to have a skin-refinishing treatment, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Lesavoy.

Men and women of all ages, from young people to older adults, can benefit from dermabrasion and dermaplaning. Although older people heal more slowly, more important factors are your skin type, coloring, and medical history. For example, black skin, Asian skin, and other dark complexions may become permanently discolored or blotchy after a skin-refinishing treatment. People who develop allergic rashes or other skin reactions, or who get frequent fever blisters or cold sores, may experience a flare-up. If you have freckles, they may disappear in the treated area.

In addition, most surgeons won’t perform treatment during the active stages of acne because of a greater risk of infection. The same may be true if you’ve had radiation treatments, a bad skin burn, or a previous dermabrasion.

Preparing for Skin Resurfacing & Dermabrasion

Dr. Lesavoy and his staff will give you specific instructions to help you prepare for your skin resurfacing procedure. Patients are asked to refrain from sun exposure prior to your procedure, and requested to protect your skin from sun exposure after your procedure.

Skin Resurfacing & Dermabrasion Recovery

Right after the procedure, your skin will be quite red and swollen, and eating and talking may be difficult. You’ll probably feel some tingling, burning, or aching; any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy. The swelling will begin to subside in a few days to a week.

If you remember the scrapes you got when you fell down as a child, you’ll have an idea of what to expect from this type of surgery. A scab or crust will form over the treated area as it begins to heal. This will fall off as a new layer of tight, pink skin forms underneath. Your face may itch as new skin starts to grow, and Dr. Lesavoy may recommend an ointment to make you more comfortable. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form.

In any case, Dr. Lesavoy will give you detailed instructions to care for your skin after surgery. For men, this will include delaying shaving for a while, then using an electric razor at first. It’s very important that you understand Dr. Lesavoy’s instructions and follow them exactly, to ensure the best possible healing.

If you notice the treated area beginning to get worse instead of better – for example, if it becomes increasingly red, raised, and itchy after it has started to heal – it may be a sign that abnormal scars are beginning to form. Call Dr. Lesavoy as soon as possible, so that treatment can begin early.

Your New Look

Refinishing treatments can offer dramatic improvements in the surface of your skin, but it will take some time before you see the final results.

The pinkness of your skin will take about three months to fade. In the meantime, you’ll probably want to wear non-allergenic makeup when you go out. (For tips on hiding your condition while it heals, ask Dr. Lesavoy for the ASPS brochure on camouflage cosmetics.) When your new skin is fully repigmented, the color should closely match the surrounding skin, making the procedure virtually undetectable.

Several months after your procedure, pigmentation returns and the skin is much smoother than before.

Skin Resurfacing & Dermabrasion Risks

The most common dermabrasion risk is a change in skin pigmentation. Permanent darkening of the skin, usually caused by exposure to the sun in the days or months following surgery, may occur in some patients. On the other hand, some patients find the treated skin remains a little lighter or blotchy in appearance.

You may develop tiny whiteheads after surgery. These usually disappear on their own, or with the use of an abrasive pad or soap. Occasionally, Dr. Lesavoy may have to gently extract them. The appearance of pores may enlarge temporarily during the healing process.   These usually shrink to near normal size once the swelling has subsided.

While infection and scarring are rare with skin-refinishing treatments, they are possible. Some individuals develop excessive scar tissue (keloid or hypertrophic scars); these are usually treated with the application or injection of steroid medications to soften the scar.

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