Skin Care in Los Angeles
Dr. Lesavoy offeres skin-revitalizing treatments that are best suited for individuals who seek a refreshed complexion without the recovery time associated with more extensive skin-resurfacing procedures.
You may choose a special topical treatment, which will become a part of your skin-care regime at home, or a gentle revitalizing treatment that is performed in your doctor’s office. Sometimes, a nurse or a trained esthetician, acting under the direction of your plastic surgeon, will perform the revitalizing treatment or instruct you in the use of a topical cream, lotion or gel.
No anesthesia is needed for the revitalizing treatments described here and all have the same goal: smoother, fresher-looking facial skin. However, they work in different way.
Glycolic acid creams and lotions are used to soften imperfections of the facial skin. These prescription-strength formulations can help slough away dry, sun-damaged skin cells. The mild acid may be blended with bleaching agents to help correct areas of uneven pigmentation. In most cases, the preparation is used twice daily. Your doctor may adjust the strength of the formula or the frequency of its use after evaluating your skin’s condition in follow-up visits.
Retin-A® is a prescription-strength cream or gel that is applied to the face nightly as part of your skin-care routine. Although it has been used as an acne treatment for decades, Retin-A® can also be used to treat fine wrinkles or uneven pigmentation caused by sun damage. At periodic follow-up visits, your doctor may adjust your Retin-A® prescription. However, to maintain your smoother complexion, it must be continued.
Glycolic acid peels involve the application of a prescription-strength solution that penetrates only the topmost layers of the facial skin. It is intended to give your skin a fresher, healthier appearance and a radiant glow. A single peel treatment may provide good results for some patients; others may opt for repeated treatments to improve their skin’s overall texture. For many patients, glycolic acid peels can reduce the visible effects of aging and sun damage, including fine wrinkling and brown spots. Your plastic surgeon may recommend products that you can use at home to maintain your results.
Microdermabrasion is a skin revitalizing treatment that freshens the skin and reduces surface imperfections, including age spots and sun-damaged areas. The technique uses a pen-like instrument that directs a stream of mildly abrasive crystals and gentle suction to areas where improvement is needed.
After a revitalizing treatment you may experience some mild irritation or tingling. However, these sensations are short-lived and usually will not interfere with your work or plans for the hours after your treatment. One of the benefits of skin-revitalizing treatments is that they require little of no “down-time” for healing or recovery.
To maintain the smoother, more-refreshed appearance that can be gained from a micro-dermabrasion, glycolic acid peels, Retin-A®, or glycolic acid creams, treatments must be repeated. However, most people find that maintaining their new look is easier than expected.
If you decided to continue with a regular program of glycolic acid peels, microdermabrasion or treatments with glycolic acid or Retin-A®, you will visit your doctor’s office according to the schedule prescribed for you.