Long Beach Skin Management
Southern California Plastic Surgery Group
Skin management is a non-surgical way to maintain fresh, healthy looking skin. Many treatments can reduce or eliminate sun damage, fine lines, scars, and acne.
Our faces are almost constantly exposed to damaging elements. The sun, air pollutants, acne, allergic reactions, and injuries can all leave their mark on your face over time, creating:
- Fine lines
- Los Angeles Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
- Rough, dry patches
- Enlarged pores
which can all make your skin look older and hide your healthy glow.
Retin-A® is a cream or gel which Dr. Hicks will teach you to use at home. It combats sun damage, smoothing fine lines and reducing age spots, and is incorporated into your skin care routine.
Glycolic acid works well on rough, sun damaged skin. It is also used at home as part of your skin care routine.
Chemical peels remove the top layer of skin smoothing fine lines and removing sun damage, often in one treatment.
Dermabrasion removes the top skin layer and several sub-layers. It can reduce scars and fine lines, and remove pre-cancerous growths. It is often used in conjunction with other facial procedures, such as a facelift.
Patients with darker skin often choose dermabrasion over other skin treatments because it is a non-chemical treatment, and is less likely to cause extreme changer in skin color.
How it’s done
- The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and a sedative.
- The top layers of skin are scraped off with a motorized instrument using a wire brush or diamond particles.
- After dermabrasion your skin will be red, swollen and sore. Dr. Hicks will prescribe pain medication to minimize discomfort.
- Swelling should start to subside in a few days to a week.
- You may develop a crusty scab.
- Most people can return to work in about two weeks, but you should avoid bumping your face for a month to six weeks. It will be sensitive and may feel slightly swollen for several weeks.
- Redness will take about three months to fade.
You will need to protect your new skin from the sun until pigment has fully returned. This usually takes about six months to one year. The results will last much longer if you continue to protect your skin from the sun.