Some surgeons and aestheticians refer to the procedures herein described as a “non-surgical facelift.” Creative ways to apply peeling solutions do not change the fact that the materials cause a separation of the upper layer of skin which “peels” or “sheds” within a few days. Superficial layers of skin can be removed by a variety of methods of skin resurfacing including chemical peeling, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Each seems to have some unique qualities and an experienced surgeon can explain which procedures might be the most advantageous in any individual case.
With any of these methods, outer layers of the sun damaged, wrinkled, or scarred skin are removed and new collagen and elastic fibers are produced in the deeper layers of skin. As a result some tightening of facial tissues occurs, but not to the extent which can be accomplished with surgical removal through conventional facelifting and eyelid lifting techniques. “Light” peels generally do not produce long-term improvement in the quality and texture of the skin, but may be used as adjuncts to the methods herein described. The MedSpa and Skin Care Center at the McCollough Institute offers a variety of products and services designed to enhance the results and promote healing after resurfacing.
Treatment For Wrinkles
Neither a facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) nor a brow lift will remove the wrinkles of weatherbeaten skin, the transverse creases of the forehead, “crow’s feet” around the eyes nor the vertical wrinkles of the upper and lower lips. Remember, surgery is designed to improve sags and bulges and resurfacing should improve wrinkles.
We feel that in most cases some combination of resurfacing, dermabrasion and chemical peeling, offers superior results in treating wrinkling. But every skin is different, and we will recommend which combination of procedures might be best for yours. These procedures can usually cause the skin to have a more youthful fullness replacing the old wrinkles, in short, a rewarding and frequently dramatic exchange of “peaches for prunes.”