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Facial Resurfacing

Healthy facial skin is important to all of us. And there are so many ways that we can enhance our skin health. Many skin flaws can be corrected with appropriate cleansing, hydration, and anti-oxidants delivered with topical products. Microdermabrasion, micro-needling, and gentle chemical peels can be very effective in refreshing the skin, improving pore size, and helping to maintain a healthy skin appearance. But some skin flaws require more aggressive therapy. Dermabrasion and laser facial resurfacing can be the solution.

Why choose Dr. Stoeckel?

Both dermabrasion and deep laser resurfacing are procedures that can be safe and very effective. But they are also treatments that can result in permanent injury or scarring if not performed correctly. Dr. Stoeckel now has more than 10 years of experience using these treatments to effectively help his patients and can be trusted to keep you safe.

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What conditions are treated with facial resurfacing?

How does facial resurfacing work?

Facial resurfacing is simply the controlled removal of the top layer of skin cells to allow more healthy cells from deeper layers to come to the surface. This can be accomplished with chemicals in the form of chemical peels, with mechanical energy in the form of dermabrasion, or with laser energy. Each modality achieves the same goal of removing the unwanted surface skin and allowing the deeper skin cells to come to the top. Each form of resurfacing enhances collagen production, improves pore structures as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

What is the typical down time?

Every patient is slightly different and the depth of treatment will have a large effect on the amount of downtime. But in general, for light treatments, most patients should expect 3-5 days of mild irritation and redness of the skin. Pain medications are rarely, if ever, needed and most discomfort is easily controlled with over the counter medications.

How many treatments will I need to have for best results?

All patients should see notable improvement after a single treatment, but many patients see long term benefits after a series of treatments. Deep treatments will result in more significant and long lasting results, but with longer downtime. More superficial treatments will need to be completed more often, but the downtime is less bothersome.