Skin rejuvenation refers to cosmetic procedures performed to repair the look of skin. These cosmetic procedures are performed by a licensed dermatologist, not a technician at a spa. Skin rejuvenation is a fairly broad term that can refer to a number of different procedures, such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, collagen injections, and laser or light treatments, among others. These procedures can make a big difference in the appearance of the skin on the face, removing wrinkles or other signs of aging, and restoring a more youthful appearance.
The procedures are often referred to as skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. Cosmetic skin treatments can treat and remove wrinkles, even deep-set wrinkles. In addition, skin rejuvenation can help to remove sun spots, freckles, or other darkened areas of skin, as well as small broken veins that may have appeared on the skin of the face or legs. Some scars, such as those from acne, can be removed with cosmetic treatments as well. Remember that an ablative procedure will remove the top layer or layers of skin, while non-ablative procedures do not.
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In addition, some cosmetic skin rejuvenation treatments are able to restore some lost skin elasticity. This can occur commonly around the neck and jawline. There are many things to keep in mind when considering any skin rejuvenation procedure. First, many are quite expensive, and may take more than one session for the full effect to be achieved. Health insurance does not typically cover optional, cosmetic procedures.
In addition, as with any surgical procedure, there are some inherent risks. These may include scarring, burns, or irregular pigmentation, among others. It is extremely important to follow any directions after the procedure, particularly those regarding sun protection. It is extremely important not to get a sunburn or to spend too much time in the sun for approximately one year after a procedure such as this. Additional procedures may be needed every few months or years to maintain the new appearance.
People who are good candidates for skin rejuvenation procedures include those who do not smoke and who are otherwise healthy. The dermatologist will go over any individual risk factors, such as for individuals who are taking medication, or who have a medical condition. It is important to have realistic expectations surrounding cosmetic procedures. Again, the dermatologist should be able to tell each patient exactly what he or she can expect from the procedure, and what the results are likely to be.