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There are a number of ways to do facial resurfacing and the technique we use depends on your individual issues. You can do laser resurfacing with Fraxel and Profractional Lasers, and other devices like Intense Pulse Light (IPL), microdermabrasion, and microneedling. And chemical peels are another approach. All of these treatments give you sustained results by building your collagen and hyaluronic acid back up, which reduces wrinkles by restoring the volume lost in your face. They can also improve the texture of your skin and firm it.

Besides just reducing lines and wrinkles, resurfacing makes the skin smooth, which drives brightness, radiance, and younger-looking skin. Most facial resurfacing even helps with discoloration! Like the title of Dr. Schultz’s book: It’s not just about wrinkles! Dr. Schultz says, “When I think of resurfacing, I think you’ve got to address all three problems: color, textures, and contour, like lines/wrinkles.” If you choose a treatment like Botox or Fillers, you will most definitely improve your lines and relax your facial muscles, but resurfacing will deal with everything else. It will cause an evening of the surface and the color of the skin to make it smooth, even-toned and smaller-pored, restoring bright, glowing, younger-looking skin. Dr. Schultz gives this example, “If a 50 to 55-year old woman comes in and says: give me all the botox and filler to take away my all lines and wrinkles, after I do, she won’t look like a 35-year old woman, she looks like a 55-year old woman without lines and wrinkles because she hasn’t dealt with the color and texture issues of her skin.” Resurfacing addresses everything you need to make your skin appear healthier and younger.

Of course you can do resurfacing on your face, but you can also do procedures like Fraxel, IPL and peels on your neck, chest, and hands to resurface them. All places that definitely show your age! You can do superficial peels on those areas as well. You can even do Profractional Lasers very superficially on some of those areas.

In our office, it all starts with Dr. Schultz’s award-winning, renowned professional glycolic peels and at-home products which are a critical part restoring an even color and smooth texture to the skin. It’s completely non-invasive, low cost, and very effective, so many patients get a lot of mileage out of them without moving on to other procedures.

When you’re ready to move on to other facial resurfacing procedures, there’s no competition in the amount of experience we have with all of them. Dr. Schultz says, “I’ve been injecting fillers since they were first created in the early 1980s. It takes a good five to ten years to become an expert filler, and I’ve been doing it for 35 years.” And Dr. Schultz has more experience than most with lasers as well. He says, “I had one of the first resurfacing lasers that was used in the early 90s called the CO2 laser.” His extensive experience in ablative laser resurfacing goes back 25 years! This experience helps us succeed in making the results look so natural that it looks like you didn’t have any work done. That’s the sign of superb cosmetic work.

For Fraxel: When you come in for your appointment, you will start by having a numbing cream applied for about an hour and you’ll be given ibuprofen to prevent discomfort during the procedure. As the laser works, it also blows very cold air to cool the skin. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes. There’s very little downtime for this treatment which consists of just one to two days of medium sunburn and some flaking on the third, fourth, and fifth day. But none of this will prevent you from pursuing your usual work and leisure life.

For Profractional Lasers: your appointment will last 10 to 60 minutes depending on the area you’d like to treat. You’ll heal with compresses of milk and water plus the topical application of Aquaphor. Most people take five to six days before they’re ready to apply makeup. While some of your results from these treatments are immediately noticeable after you heal, they will continue to improve over the next 3-6 months and can last for several years depending on the treatment.

For Chemical Peels: There is no need to prepare for your Glycolic “No Downtime” Peel appointment. When you come in, you’ll discuss with our team what areas you’d like to treat and we’ll cleanse those areas for you. Your glycolic treatment will be applied and left on for two minutes. You may feel a tiny tolerable tingle during the treatment itself, but that will fade during the two minutes, or when you wash the treatment off your face and/or body. After rinsing off the treatment, you apply your moisturizer and you’re all set! You can go about your day as usual, apply makeup if you’d like, or show off your fresh, new glow to the world without it.

For Microneedling: Avoid self-tanning lotions or sprays for about two days before your procedure. The day before your procedure, you should avoid sun exposure and stop using any products that have vitamin A or retinol in them. During your appointment, a numbing cream will be administered and the microneedling will begin. After you appointment, avoid sun exposure and exercise that would cause heavy sweating for about 72 hours. You may have slight redness akin to a sunburn, but that will go away shortly.

Your appointment will last 10 to 60 minutes depending on the area you’d like to treat. You’ll heal with compresses of milk and water plus the topical application of Aquaphor. Most people take five to six days before they’re ready to apply makeup. While some of your results from these treatments are immediately noticeable after you heal, they will continue to improve over the next 3-6 months and can last for several years depending on the treatment.

There is no need to prepare for your Glycolic “No Downtime” Peel appointment. When you come in, you’ll discuss with our team what areas you’d like to treat and we’ll cleanse those areas for you. Your glycolic treatment will be applied and left on for two minutes. You may feel a tiny tolerable tingle during the treatment itself, but that will fade during the two minutes, or when you wash the treatment off your face and/or body. After rinsing off the treatment, you apply your moisturizer and you’re all set! You can go about your day as usual, apply makeup if you’d like, or show off your fresh, new glow to the world without it.

Avoid self-tanning lotions or sprays for about two days before your procedure. The day before your procedure, you should avoid sun exposure and stop using any products that have vitamin A or retinol in them. During your appointment, a numbing cream will be administered and the microneedling will begin. After you appointment, avoid sun exposure and exercise that would cause heavy sweating for about 72 hours. You may have slight redness akin to a sunburn, but that will go away shortly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are some different methods of facial resurfacing?

    Fraxel® and ProFractional™ lasers, Intense Pulse Light (IPL), microdermabrasion, microneedling, and chemical Read More

  • Is microneedling uncomfortable or painful?

    There is minimal discomfort associated with microneedling.

  • What will I look like after a microneedling appointment?

    Patients might leave the office with a slight “wind-burn” effect. There’s typically Read More

  • Can I wear makeup after getting microneedling done?

    After microneedling, we give patients a serum, which should be the only Read More

  • Is microdermabrasion still popular?

    Microdermabrasion is less popular nowadays, but for patients with certain skin types, Read More

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