There are many cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that can help minimize the various signs of facial aging, but they all begin with healthy skin. No matter what your individual areas of concern might be, keeping your skin firm, smooth, and elastic not only keeps your face looking youthful, but can also help maintain the results of other facial plastic surgery procedures. One of the best ways that I have found for patients to rejuvenate their skin is with various advanced skin resurfacing techniques. Here is some insight into why this particular non-surgical facial rejuvenation technique is so effective.
The skin is actually a very complex organ, composed of several distinct layers and a variety of specialized structures. The layer that is closest to the surface, or the epidermis, is itself composed of layer upon layer of skin cells. When these cells are formed in the deepest part of the epidermis, they are fat and square, but as they are pushed toward the surface they flatten out, so that the outermost portion of the epidermis is actually nothing but layers of dead skin cells that are constantly flaking off and being replaced as newly formed cells are pushed upward from underneath. These dead skin cells form a protective barrier against the elements and keep the underlying layers moist and healthy. However, because they are themselves dead and dry, they are less elastic than healthy skin cells, and so become creased and cracked by continuous facial movements. This is the reason that fine lines and wrinkles tend to form around the eyes, between the brows, and anywhere else on the face that is subject to constant movement.
What we call skin resurfacing refers to the process of gently removing the outermost layers of dead skin cells by using either a mild acid, as is the case with a TCA chemical peel, or a Sciton® Erbium laser. The removal of surface skin effectively “evens out” the various creases, cracks, and imperfections and reveals a smooth and even surface underneath. In addition, skin resurfacing also “buffs away” or reduces the appearance of damage that may have been caused by eternal, environmental factors, like rough or scaly patches of skin, pigment irregularities, and potentially even scars. Finally, the body reacts to the removal of skin cells by activating its natural healing processes, which in turn increases the production of collagen and elastin, vital components that form the basis of new skin cells. I will sometimes perform a chemical peel on a patient after they have undergone another facial plastic surgery procedure, like a facelift, in order to encourage collagen production and skin recovery while improving overall results.
It is important to note that once the outer layers of dead skin have been removed, the new skin cells underneath are far more susceptible to damage. That is why it is so important to keep the new skin moist and protected while you are recovering from a skin resurfacing procedure and to avoid potentially damaging environmental factors like cigarette smoke and harsh ultraviolet light. The effectiveness of any skin resurfacing treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the type and texture of the patient’s skin, so they are best performed by trained professionals who are experienced with the complex details of facial anatomy. If you are interested in finding out exactly what specific facial plastic surgery procedures would be best for you please contact me so that we can schedule a full consultation. During that consultation we will have the opportunity to discuss your individual aesthetic goals, look over before and after pictures, and in some cases even use advanced computer imaging technology to preview potential results. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.