Dermabrasion consists in mechanical removing of the epidermis and the upper layers of the dermis under local or general anesthetic. The surgeries allow for removal of deeper skin discolorations, acne scars, post-inflammation changes (e.g. after chicken pox) as well as superficial facial wrinkles. Directly after the surgery, a sterile dressing is put, which is impregnated with antibacterial and antivirus medication. The dressing is taken off after 7-10 days. The main advatage of this method is the possibility to remove quite deep changes, while the main disadvantage are longlasting sustaining up to 2 months, first, slight redness and then pink skin of the oparated regions.
RETIN A – SURFACE- REPAIR TREATMENT
Having a smooth skin and clear complexion is an attribute of physical attractiveness. However, as we age, maintaining that healthy glow becomes more difficult.
The face is the most exposed part of the body, vulnerable to the harsh rays of the sun. The face is also subject to acne, rashes, allergic reactions, and injuries that may leave permanent scars.
This information will give you a basic understanding of commonly used treatments for managing skin-when they can help, what they involve, and what results you can expect. It cannot answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances.
Ask our doctor anything you don¢t understand about the treatment you are considering.
A number of non-surgical „refinishing” treatments are available for individuals who want to eliminate or soften imperfections on their facial skin and achieve a clearer, fresher look. This treatment includes Retin A, a vitamin A – enriched cream that changes the cellular metabolism of the skin¢s surface and is used to combat fine facial wrinkles and blotches from sun damage.
Retin A can be used alone, or is frequently prescribed in conjunction with an aesthetic surgery procedure, such as a facelift or a chemical peel.
„Surface-repair” treatment can enhance your appearance and give your skin a smoother, fresher look, but it won¢t remove deep scars and flaws or prevent aging. This treatment should not be thought of as mini-facelift. Generally speaking, Retin A treatment offer less dramatic results than surgical approaches like dermabrasion or chemical peel.
Before you decide to have a skin- rejuvenating treatment of any type, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with our surgeon.
Planning for treatment
During your initial consultation, be open in discussing your treatment goals with our doctor and don¢t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have. Our surgeon will be equally open with you and explain the factors that could influence your choice of treatment options such as age, skin condition, and previous plastic surgeries.
The surgeon will ask about your medical history and conduct a routine examination. If you are having a surgical procedure in conjunction with your skin treatment, our doctor will explain the process in detail, including the risks and benefits, and the recovery period.
In general, Retin A is most effective in patients who have some fine facial wrinkles, or blotchy pigmented areas caused by sun damage. Patients who are planning to have a chemical peel treatment are often instructed by doctor to use Retin A as a preparation treatment;
Retin A thins the skin¢s outer layer, allowing the acid solution used in a peel treatment to penetrate more deeply and evenly. Retin A is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, because its effects on the fetus and nursing infant are still being studied.
Reactions and side effects
Although no serious medical problems have been associated with Retin A, it is possible that its use could result in temporary skin irritation and redness. If this happens, our doctor may recommend a milder formulation.
The treatment with Retin A
After your face has been washed thoroughly, a small amount of Retin A, in either cream or gel form, is rubbed over your face and nose. Only a very small amount of Retin A is needed to cover the entire face. You will be instructed to apply Retin A one or twice a day. Because Retin A is drying to the skin, our doctor may also recommend that you apply it only once, in the evening. This routine is usually continued for about eight months to a year, after which you will be switched to a less-frequent schedule of maintenance, with Retin A applications only two or three times per week. The maintain the benefits of Retin A, its use must be continued for a lifetime.
It is normal to experience some redness, irritation, itching, stinging, or skin dryness once you begin to use Retin A. However, you can expect these symptoms to gradually disappear as the skin, becomes acclimated to the treatment.
Caring for your new skin. Because Retin A thins out the skin¢s outer layer, you will need to consistently use a sun-block to protect yourself from ultraviolet light, and you may have to discontinue using certain products or cosmetics on your face.
Retin A users notice a subtle improvements in the texture and tone of the skin, lines and the shrinking of large pores. After about six months, they report that wrinkles are barely visible and that age spots have faded.