Also known as skin peeling, is used to erase the fine lines around the mouth, eyes or the rest of the face. Common options include laser peels (e.g. Erbium, Fraxel ), chemical peels (e.g. Glycolic or TCA) or dermabrasion (micro or mechanical).
All resurfacing works the same way:
- The outer most layer (epidermis) of the wrinkly skin is ‘peeled’ away through heat, acid or mechanical abrasion.
- Then, as new cells form during the healing process, a smoother, younger-looking skin appears.
- The deeper the peel, the more effective the wrinkle removal. But also, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery and the more potential for skin lightening and sun-sensitivity.
What peel to use depends on patient specifics. Caveat: Accutane must be stopped 12-18 before any resurfacing or the skin will not heal. Keep in mind that many cheek lines are improved long term by a facelift. Dynamic expression lines around the eyes and forehead are treated with Botox. Fillers are always an option for most lines.