Skin resurfacing is a popular facial cosmetic surgery that can treat a range of skin conditions like acne, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses lasers or other types of light energy to tighten and even out the appearance of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to flatten and reduce wrinkles. Here we will look at the difference between moderate and aggressive skin resurfacing procedures.
How It Works
People with moderate skin resurfacing procedures usually use a resurfacing laser or microdermabrasion; these are both non-invasive light procedures that remove the top layer of skin and stimulate the production of new skin cells. When people use aggressive skin resurfacing, their doctors usually suggest chemical peeling agents that affect all layers of the skin, including the dermis. The chemical peeling agent penetrates deep into the skin and kills the top layer. Although chemical peeling agents are painful, they involve fewer complications than moderate skin resurfacing procedures.
For moderate skin resurfacing, the recovery time is less than for aggressive resurfacing. Moderate skin resurfacing procedures usually take about four to six days to heal and can be done as an in-office procedure. For aggressive skin resurfacing, the recovery period is a few weeks. During this period, the patient needs to avoid excessive sun exposure, wear sunscreen and stay away from tanning beds.
Side Effects and Risks
Both moderate and aggressive skin resurfacing procedures have side effects and risks. However, there are fewer complications associated with moderate skin resurfacing than aggressive resurfacing. Some side effects include swelling, redness, and soreness in the treated area.
Moderate skin resurfacing can treat a wide variety of conditions but is not very effective against deeper wrinkles and deep scars. So if you wish to treat deeper wrinkles, you may need to get an aggressive procedure done.
The cost of moderate skin resurfacing procedures is lower than aggressive skin resurfacing. Although the procedures are relatively the same, aggressive skin resurfacing involves a more extensive recovery period and requires more advanced equipment.