Many patients are interested in improving the tone and texture of their skin. They wish to reduce the dull appearance, irregular pigmentation and large pores to achieve more vibrant glowing skin.
The first step in doing this is to maximize your skin care regimine Even if you decide to do procedures, you will want to maximize your treatment outcomes and maintain the beautiful results you have achieved.
The next step up in aggressiveness are light chemical peels. Here we put a light acid on your face. That day and the next your skin feels smooth and tight. This is often a favorite of brides, mothers of the bride and anyone who has a special event. A few days later, your skin will be slightly flakey, but easy enough to camoflauge with intense moisturization.
One step more aggressive than this are non-ablative Fraxel lasers. This can be used to treat tone and texture, as well as large pores, acne scars and irregular pigmentation. The beauty of this procedure is that the intensity and aggressiveness can be modified to fit a patients lifestyle. Obviously, more aggressive treatments will result in great results. But even light treatments with a 3 day downtime will give a patient some improvement in their skin. Here, a laser removes small microdots in the surface of the skin. The face becomes pink and maybe swollen and small dots will appear over the next days which will shed off.
Intense Pulse Light Treatments, IPL, Photoderm is another laser that has similar results. Here coherent light will treat both brown spots and broken blood vessels or redness. The brown spots will darken over the next few days and fall off.
Active FX is the most intense treatment for tone and texture. It is used to treat scars, sun damage, wrinkles, acne scars and sun damage. Usually a single treatment will give dramatic improvements.