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Skin Resurfacing in Lexington, KY

If you live in Lexington, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas of Kentucky aging, acne, or too much time in the sun has left your face with blotches, scars, wrinkles, or lines, laser skin resurfacing at Dowden Plastic Surgery may help your skin look younger and healthier.

What is Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing can be achieved using one of three methods, depending on the condition of the skin prior to the first procedure. The options are:

  1. Dermabrasion
  2. Laser Ablation
  3. Deep Chemical Removal

Before any of these options is attempted, it is suggested that the patient spends some time doing pre-treatment preparatory work to condition the skin.

Benefits of Skin Resurfacing

You will see immediate results following skin resurfacing, and your skin will continue to improve over time:

  • Age spots, freckles, liver spots and other dark markings will be reduced.
  • You will notice brighter, smoother, firmer, plumper and more even skin.

Am I a Good Candidate for Skin Resurfacing?

You may be a good candidate for skin resurfacing if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin.
  • Vertical wrinkles around your mouth.
  • Crow’s feet lines around your eyes.
  • Fine wrinkling of your upper eyelids.
  • Brown spots or blotchy skin coloring.
  • Certain precancerous skin growths.
  • Acne or chicken pox scars.
  • Superficial facial scars from a past injury.

What Kind of Preparatory Work is Suggested for Skin Resurfacing?

Each procedure has different requirements that can be discussed with our staff, but there are some basic things that you should stop doing before any skin resurfacing procedure. These include not using any product that contains aspirin or salicylic acid for at least 48 hours before the procedure, not smoking for a week before the procedure, and if you use Retin-A, Renova or Differin, stop at least five days before the procedure. It is also important not to tan, have waxing or chemical peels done, or receive collagen injections for at least a week prior to resurfacing.

What is Dermabrasion?

Our definition of skin resurfacing includes dermabrasion, which is simply a deep exfoliation that removes the dead skin layer from the top of the live skin. This stimulates collagen growth and results in a fuller, more healthy-looking skin surface.

How Does Laser Ablation Differ From Dermabrasion?

Dr. Dowden performs laser ablation as a procedure for skin resurfacing. This procedure uses a low-power pulsating laser to remove dead skin tissue and stimulate collagen growth. It works on a deeper level than a typical dermabrasion.

What Types of Chemicals Are Used in Deep Chemical Peels?

Dr. Dowden performs skin resurfacing with select chemicals depending on the depth of exfoliation needed. In surface procedures, the chemical of choice is glycolic acid, whereas deeper peels may use Trichloroacetic acid or phenol to achieve the desired results.

Can These Procedures Be Used Together?

While it is possible to use these treatments in an overall treatment plan, it is usually best to space out procedures over a large period of time. Using two or more of these procedures at once can limit the ability of the body to heal and invite infection and other adverse reactions.

How Much Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost in Lexington, KY?

The prices for laser skin resurfacing vary from patient to patient, so give us a call today, and a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to assist you. We recommend setting up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dowden, where you can discuss your questions and concerns in a one-on-one setting. We offer financing and accept cash, checks, and major credit cards.

If you want to learn more or have any questions about skin resurfacing, contact us at 859-274-4201. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have and help you schedule a consultation. Dowden Plastic Surgery serves patients throughout Lexington, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas of Kentucky.

Dr. William L. Dowden