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   SKIN REPAIR  Cosmetic Surgery & Non Surgical Procedures
2010 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Vida Fronteriza
Article: Charlotte Tallman
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For many with skin damage, cosmetic skin repair and rejuvenation is sometimes the only resort to healthy skin and self-confidence. The skin is made up of two main layers called the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum, which mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. This layer is home to many skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.

“The types of skin problems that require repair include acne, acne scarring, sun damaged skin, unsightly veins, fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. S. Ozan Sozer, a board certified plastic surgeon with El Paso Cosmetic Surgery. “First impressions and self-confidence are two important reasons why someone should have a procedure that would repair their damaged skin.”

    The types of cosmetic
surgery and non surgical
procedures run across the
board, but while there are
many different methods of cosmetic enhancements,
the motivation is almost
always the same – to
improve the appearance
and self-confidence within
the person going through
the procedure.


CA Skin & Body Care
Anna Marie Hooley

El Paso Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. S. Ozan Sozer

Sol Medspa
Dr. Scot Martin
Susie Dunning, an aesthetician at Sol Medspa in Dr. Scot Martin’s office, says early treatments are important during the first signs of damaged skin. “If someone is concerned about the damage of their skin either chemical peels or laser treatments would be the best treatments to help correct the existing problem,” Susie says. “It’s important to improve the texture and appearance of the skin because it gives a more youthful appearance.”

Like many medical issues, there are always new procedures emerging for skin problems, and offices like El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, Sol Medspa in Las Cruces and CA Skin & Body Care in Las Cruces focus on keeping up with the latest procedures. Current procedures available for everything from acne scars to sun-damaged skin are numerous and include Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) photo facials, laser-vein removal therapy, anti-aging skin laser treatment, microdermabrasion, vibradermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, acne treatment, injectable facial fillers, non-surgical body sculpting, as well as a wide variety of skin care products. Unfortunately insurance does not typically cover the cost of skin care procedures.

The first step to take when worried about skin damage is to schedule an appointment with a skin care specialist or doctor who specializes in cosmetic skin repair. Many initial office visits include a free consultation, but regardless of whether the first visit is free, they should always evaluate the patient and discuss procedure options.

Patients should provide important information like how their skin reacts to the sun, allergies, health history, skin problems and skin care goals. Once that information is evaluated, the skin care specialist or doctor will make recommendations on treatments and products.

Skin Care Procedures

ActiveFX - During the resurfacing procedure, a high-energy beam of laser light interacts with the skin’s surface, causing the upper layer to peel off and regenerate a layer of new, healthy skin. The laser also stimulates formation of new underlying collagen, which results in continued improvement in skin texture over time. It causes immediate skin tightening, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and softens deeper frown lines, noticeably improves skin tone and texture, stimulates new collagen formation and plumps the skin.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) Photo Facials - High intensity pulses of broadband light differ from the narrow band light of lasers. This is a non-ablative procedure that focuses on correcting color issues of the skin, and does not damage the surface of the skin. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) intact. The thermal effect of IPL also causes production of new collagen, leading to the improvement of wrinkles.

Microdermabrasion - Microdermabrasion is a superficial dermabrasion (mechanical resurfacing of the skin) and uses aluminum oxide crystals that are propelled at the skin and immediately sucked up. A motorized brush or diamond cylinder can also be used to remove the outer layer of the skin, but this type of abrasion is considered a medium deep or deep procedure. Dermabrasion,the deepest of resurfacing treatments, has been proven to improve the cosmetic appearance of the skin, especially in the treatment of scarring.

Dermaplaning - A Dermaplaning facial cleanses skin and removes dead skin. It is a procedure used to precisely scrape away the topmost layer of skin and hair and is performed after using steam, glycolic and/or enzymes are applied to stimulate and loosen dead skin and clogged pores. This procedure is recommended for Rosacea and dull dry skin.

Chemical Peels - Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments to produce an improved appearance of the skin and are often used for the treatment of sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, scarring, acne, precancerous lesions and discoloration. Chemical peels produce controlled exfoliation and injury to the skin thus promoting the growth of new skin. Chemical peels can vary from mild and superficial to deep and medically applied.

Vibradermabrasion - This procedure uses an instrument the shape of a paddle to vibrate electronically, relieving the top layer of dead skin. The vibration of the paddle is similar to an electric toothbrush in contact with the skin and helps build collagen under the skin while removing dead skin. ///
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