Have you ever wondered why an individual would subject themselves to such treatments as Laser Skin Resurfacing, Microneedling, or Deep Dermal Peels that cause wounds to the skin resulting in several days of downtime?
The answer is “Corrective Wounding Method”. The basic concept of corrective wounding is that in varying manners, they all wound the epidermal and/or dermal layer of the skin triggering a healing response that results in better looking skin. The success of this technique is highly dependent on the body’s own ability to effectively heal the wound. The body’s natural response to injury and stress is to revitalize the damaged area generally making it better and stronger than prior to the injury/stress. (Eric M. Kromps, skinBeautica, LLC)
There are a number of cosmetic procedures that promotes corrective healing:
Laser Treatments (Co2 or Fractional) – Energy based, laser technologies, using heat to destroy skin tissue being treated. Such treatments could cause 7-14 days of downtime to allow the skin to heal. The intention of this treatment is to promote collagen production, diminish the appearance of fine to moderate lines and improve overall skin tone and appearance.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) – Similar to laser devices with the exception that they use noncoherent, polychromatic light selectively destroying skin tissue. (Eric M. Kromps) Specifically targeting pigmented and vascular areas on the face, neck and chest. Often there is no downtime with this treatment however if the patient is experiencing a significant amount of pigmented tissue or highly visible vessels, darkening of the pigment and bruising could occur for up to 3-10 days following treatment.
Radio Frequency Devices – Electrical current generating heat into the skin tissue promoting collage production, skin tightening and in some cases melting fat cells. When instructions for post treatment are followed correctly there typically is no downtime, however, minimal soreness to the treated area could linger approximately 3-7 days following treatment.
Chemical Peels – This is a skin rejuvenation method that induces a chemical burn on the outer layers of the skin. The chemical agent applied requires a specific technique to determine how deep the penetration to destroy the skins cells. This causes inflammation at the epidermal, dermal or papillary skin layers. (Erik M. Kromps) This treatment could be at a micro-level causing no downtime or at moderate to deeper levels causing minimal – moderate downtime. The skin could potentially peel 3-14 days depending on the depth of the peel.
Microdermabrasion – This device uses a light mechanical abrasion to create partial ablation of the skin at the epidermal level. This treatment balances skin tone and softens fine lines as well as stimulates circulation waking up the skin cells. Often used as a treatment to clear acne and diminish the appearance of acne scarring. There is no downtime with this treatment.
Microneedling – This procedure uses a device developed with fine needles with the intent to puncture the skin creating a controlled skin injury. The body automatically is triggered to produce new collagen an elastin filling in the holes. This procedure does not remove the outer layer of skin.
I hope this blog was helpful in answering some questions you may have about the many rejuvenating skin treatments being offered today. I think when deciding which treatment is best for you, sitting down with a professional skin care provider and going over all your options based on skin type, specific conditions and concerns is the safest way to come to a proper decision. We are always happy to help!
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Piscataqua Plastic Surgery and Skin Care
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Portsmouth, NH 03801