Facial Rejuvenation in Miami
What is facial rejuvenation?
With the passage of time, our inner feelings of youth are betrayed by our outward appearance of growing older. The development of fine lines, creases, and wrinkles cause us to appear older and less vibrant than we feel. Repeated exposure to the sun can leave tell-tale signs of aging, including dark spots, blotchiness, and a rough skin texture. In recent years, numerous advances in cosmetic dermatology have led to a wide array of options that can repair and restore our complexion, known as facial rejuvenation treatments. Listed below are some of the most popular state-of-the-art cosmetic dermatology procedures in present use and enjoyed by patients at the Skin Center of South Miami.
What are the different types of non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures?
Listed below are some of the most common non-surgical facial rejuvenation services available:
Topical Prescription Creams
These are commonly used to treat aging or sun damaged skin. Tretinoin, a derivative of Vitamin A, is one of the most commonly prescribed topical treatments to reduce the visible signs of aging. Tretinoin can lessen blotchy discoloration and fine lines as well as improve skin texture. Hydroquinone, a skin bleaching agent, can be very useful in treating brown spots and other conditions of facial discoloration.
Antioxidants are popular choices for reducing inflammation and protecting the skin against environmental exposures that may cause visible damage. Some common anti-oxidants include Vitamins C and E as well as CoQ10. The effectiveness of these treatments is controversial and can vary with each person.
Often containing alpha and beta hydroxy acids, exfoliating treatments can be used to remove dead cells from the skin surface and restore a more youthful glow. These treatments can be in the form of a skin care regimen to be used daily or in the form of skin peeling treatments that are applied in the dermatologist’s office. The type and strength of each treatment are individualized for each patient.
Sun Blocking Agents
This is the most commonly overlooked–yet the most potent–non-surgical anti-aging treatment available. The harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun are perhaps the most important causes of premature aging of the skin. By blocking the ultraviolet light, sun blocking agents protect the skin from damage and help to maintain a youthful appearance despite advancing age. The importance of the sun as a cause of skin aging can be easily appreciated by comparing the visible signs of damage in an area of skin that has received long-term sun exposure with the healthy and youthful appearing skin in an area that has remained protected from the sun over the years.
What are the different types of chemical skin rejuvenation treatments?
Skin is one of the fastest growing organs in the body, undergoing continual cell turnover. Most skin cells are found in a thin layer called the epidermis. This layer of skin is the top most layer and covers the deeper layers which consist mostly of fibers and supporting structures. At the bottom-most layer of the epidermis, cells begin their lives and progressively make their way to the top where they flatten and die. Dead skin cells eventually flake off in a process called exfoliation. In youth, this process works efficiently with continual exfoliation making way for the next wave of skin cells to grow. As the skin ages, however, it loses the ability to exfoliate normally. This leads to a retained layer of dead, flaky skin at the surface, leaving the skin feeling dry and appearing dull.
Chemical exfoliation, also known as chemical peeling, is a helpful treatment for a variety of skin conditions. By removing the dead skin cell layer on the surface of the skin and inside skin pores, chemical peels can help in the treatment of acne breakouts, acne scarring, skin discoloration, sun damage and can be very helpful in the rejuvenation of aging skin. There are many types of chemical exfoliating peels. The type of peel most appropriate for you is determined by consultation with your dermatologist and depends on various factors including your particular skin condition, the degree of pigmentation of your normal skin, the degree of sensitivity of your skin, as well as your expectations and the level of comfort with the proposed treatment plan. Before undergoing any skin peel, all prescriptions of over-the-counter creams should be discontinued at least three days preceding treatment. The doctor should be informed if there is a history of cold sores that may need to be treated with suppressive medication to prevent an outbreak that may spread to the treated skin areas.
Listed below are some of the most common chemical peeling treatments:
Beta-Hydroxy Acid Peels
Salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, is a superficial skin peel that is useful for a variety of skin conditions. It is especially beneficial for patients with acne breakouts. It penetrates easily into skin pores where it exfoliates dead skin cells to clean and unclog acne-prone pores. It is also an effective treatment for skin discoloration and for rejuvenating skin that has been affected by sun exposure. This type of peel is safe for patients with sensitive skin and for conditions such as rosacea. During the treatment, a mild burning sensation is experienced while the peel is working. At the conclusion of the treatment, mild to moderate redness will be evident that will become less noticeable over several hours. The treated skin will feel tight and dry for the next several days followed by mild to moderate skin peeling. Occasionally, some areas will be affected more than others and may lead to more prominent redness and occasionally crusting. A moisturizer is recommended following treatment which should be used liberally over the next several days. Sun block and sun avoidance are also important while the skin is healing.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acid Peels
Glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid peel, is a common exfoliating peel used for a variety of skin conditions. It is effective for acne and acne-prone skin, skin discoloration and for skin rejuvenation. It can be more irritating than a salicylic acid peel and is not recommended for patients with sensitive skin or rosacea. During treatment, patients experience a burning sensation followed by the appearance of redness in the treated areas. Some areas may be more sensitive than others, causing more prominent redness and occasionally crusting. As in salicylic acid peels, a moisturizer is recommended following treatment which should be used liberally over the next several days. Sun block and sun avoidance are also important while the skin is healing.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels
The TCA peel is a deeper and more aggressive peel than alpha or beta hydroxy acid peels. Different strengths are available and selected based on skin type as well as the condition being treated. The TCA peel is useful for a variety of different skin conditions including acne, acne scarring, sun damage, skin discoloration and for the treatment of precancerous lesions. The application of TCA causes a burning sensation followed by prominent redness. Some areas of whiteness or crusting may occur. Depending on the strength of the peel, significant skin peeling may occur over the following week. Sun block and sun avoidance are also important while the skin is healing.
What are the benefits of visiting Skin Center of South Miami for facial rejuvenation?
Visiting our experts at the Skin Center of South Miami to undergo facial rejuvenation can result in a wide range of advantages. These include:
- Short, in-office treatment options
- No downtime
- Performed by certified dermatologists
- Improved facial complexion and tone
- Little or no discomfort during treatment
If you are interested in skin rejuvenation treatment in Miami, visit our experienced dermatologists at the Skin Center of South Miami. Our providers are experts when it comes to skin treatments and exams and are dedicated to delivering personalized dermatology care for every patient, no matter how big or small your concerns are. Call us at 305-740-6181 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation today.