Restoring Your Youthful Skin Surface
Youthful attractive skin is smooth, unblemished, consistent in color and texture, and applied snugly over underlying anatomy with contours that reflect deeper musculo-skeletal structures. Healthy skin moves with the body and rebounds after application of pressure because of its elasticity. Aging, environmentally damaged skin is more loosely applied to underlying anatomy and is variably pigmented. Lines of flexion and movement worn into the skin over the years deepen with contraction of muscles beneath the skin (dynamic creases), and remain even at rest (static creases).
Laser Skin Renewal and Chemical Peels inflict precisely controlled injury to the skin surface. Energy applied to the skin vaporizes (laser) or coagulates (chemical peel) the most superficial layers of skin. Damaged surface elements then slough, and pigment within these surface layers disappears. Deeper dermal connective tissue is heated, but recovers from the reversible treatment injury. Healing from the laser or chemical peel controlled injury occurs during weeks to months after treatment, and consists of many complex phenomena. Of most importance to restoration of youthful appearing smoother skin is new collagen production and perhaps activation of elastin, as well as restoration of epidermal thickness. The net effect is smoother, tighter skin with evening of pigmentation.