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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but i feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

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Dr. Thomas Lamperti
Facial Plastic Surgery
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There are a few options when it comes to skin resurfacing for acne scar and pigmentation issues.
Chemical peels and lasers are two options. Another option that works well for treating just portions of the face is dermabrasion. This produces more of a physical sanding of the skin. The idea with all 3 procedures is to remove the outer layer of skin cells. New skin then regrows into the area to create a smoother, more even pigmentation.

In brief: There

There are a few options when it comes to skin resurfacing for acne scar and pigmentation issues.
Chemical peels and lasers are two options. Another option that works well for treating just portions of the face is dermabrasion. This produces more of a physical sanding of the skin. The idea with all 3 procedures is to remove the outer layer of skin cells. New skin then regrows into the area to create a smoother, more even pigmentation.
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Dr. Amit Bhrany
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Skin

Skin resurfacing is very powerful tool that can help improve changes in skin due to scarring and aging.
The goal of skin resurfacing is to remove a predictable uniform thickness of damaged skin, allowing normal wound healing with skin rejuvenation and to minimize complications such as scarring and pigmentary changes. There are a variety of methods available for skin resurfacing: chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion are common examples. But the overall goal of each is the same: remove a uniform layer of outer skin that contains pigment irregularities (sun spots) or scars and to allow your skin's healing process to create a more uniform, healthier appearing skin. Each type of method can be done to a variety of levels and resultant healing and "downtime." for example, chemical peels are divided into superficial, medium, and deep peels. The deeper the peel, the longer the healing process-- but the more likely a dramatic result. Laser resurfacing can be controlled in a similar way. Both methods are effective. Any facial plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or general plastic surgeon with whom you consult should be able to give you options that best fit your needs.

In brief: Skin

Skin resurfacing is very powerful tool that can help improve changes in skin due to scarring and aging.
The goal of skin resurfacing is to remove a predictable uniform thickness of damaged skin, allowing normal wound healing with skin rejuvenation and to minimize complications such as scarring and pigmentary changes. There are a variety of methods available for skin resurfacing: chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion are common examples. But the overall goal of each is the same: remove a uniform layer of outer skin that contains pigment irregularities (sun spots) or scars and to allow your skin's healing process to create a more uniform, healthier appearing skin. Each type of method can be done to a variety of levels and resultant healing and "downtime." for example, chemical peels are divided into superficial, medium, and deep peels. The deeper the peel, the longer the healing process-- but the more likely a dramatic result. Laser resurfacing can be controlled in a similar way. Both methods are effective. Any facial plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or general plastic surgeon with whom you consult should be able to give you options that best fit your needs.
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Dr. Ronald Buckman
In addition many Family Medicine specialists and others also offer cosmetic laser, chemical peels, and/or dermabrasion as part of their practice.
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