Resurfacing is the process of restoring the surface of your skin. Much like a road that requires resurfacing, your skin can also develop pits, ruts (wrinkles) and other bumps and blemishes over time. Clinical treatments for the surface of your skin seek to remove or otherwise smooth out those imperfections, creating a smooth, healthy surface again.
The More Common Name for a Resurfacing Treatment
A clinical skin resurfacing treatment is more commonly called a peel. The reason is that many people think of such procedures as peeling off the top layer of skin. That top layer consists of mainly dead cells more often than not. It would be more accurate to say such procedures “sand” or dislodge dead cells. They also remove debris of all types on or near the surface. The result is healthy cells can take over unhindered.
What Causes the Need for Clinical Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing is not something everyone pursues, but everyone does experience a decline in skin health over time. Hormonal changes and long-term environmental exposures are the top contributors to the decline of skin health. Those can include internal factors like what you eat each day and external factors like going out in the sun too much without protection.
Whatever the cause of your decline in skin health is, you may feel the need to restore your skin health like many other clinic visitors. If so, a JetPeel facial procedure is one for which you may qualify. You might also want a chemical, laser or microdermabrasion treatment, among others. It all depends on what your skin needs are.
Skin resurfacing techniques are not new. They have been used in clinics for decades. Many of them are tried and true, which is why they are still used today. Among them are laser treatments, chemical peel procedures and crystal-based abrasion techniques.
Each of those treatments has distinct benefits and drawbacks. For example, chemical peels can be customized for the type of treatment you want. Deep, medium and surface peels are available. Lasers, meanwhile, use light and hear to offer extreme precision, allowing a focus on specific surface blemishes.
Changing and Evolving Clinical Peel Techniques
Clinics are always adding new procedures to their repertoires, such as the fairly new JetPeel technique. The goal of coming up with new technologies is to minimize discomfort, as well as treatment time. However, most clinical treatments, whether old or new, are fairly quick and easy. For instance, a chemical or laser peel might take you less than one hour.
Ways to Customize Your Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Customization is another reason technologies are frequently being updated. Some newer devices offer total treatment customization in terms of not only depth but type of treatment performed. Other procedures offer variations in treatment intensity, as mentioned above. Therefore, it is far easier today to find exactly the treatment you need than it used to be.
Ultimately Selecting the Best Resurfacing Option
There is no such thing as a perfect skin treatment. Each of the clinical treatments has benefits, risk factors and time factors to consider. Expense may also be a factor for you. However, it is important that you do not sign up for a procedure that can potentially make your skin worse. Make sure you are choosing from a pool of procedures that all offer the best chances for success. You can do that by consulting with your clinician.