Improve Your Complexion with Skin Resurfacing

Skin ProcedureIt’s the start of a New Year and a time when many men and women want to start making changes. If your blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone have you feeling down, consider non-surgical skin resurfacing techniques to restore a youthful glow. At the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, Dr. Edward Buckingham can correct your complexion in as little as 15 minutes.

Erase Acne Scars

Acne scars are a common complaint with younger men and women. Years of acne can leave scars that affect your self esteem. The treatment used depends on the severity of the scarring.

Laser Treatments for Radiant Skin: Common Questions about Fraxel

Many actresses reveal the secret to their glowing skin is as simple as periodic Fraxel laser treatments. In fact, Courteney Cox and Kim Kardashian are both said to be fans. The laser technology penetrates the skin and helps it shed damaged skin cells. At the same time, it triggers the production of collagen to improve your skin quality. Common problems treated by Fraxel laser are acne scars, age spots, discoloration, enlarged pores, and uneven skin texture. Dr. Edward Buckingham offers this safe skin resurfacing treatment at his Austin, Texas, facial plastic surgery practice.

A facelift improves loose and sagging skin. Does it help w/ wrinkles?

Question:
I know the facelift improves loose and sagging skin but will it help with wrinkles too

Answer:
A facelift will help with wrinkles in the cheek region and the area of the marionette lines. Oftentimes however we will combine volume replacement with autologous fat as well as skin resurfacing with either a chemical peel or laser to further improve wrinkles.

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I have horizontal wrinkles in my neck and sagging in my cheeks.

Question:
I have horizontal wrinkles on my neck and sagging on my cheeks. I’m in Cedar Park and I would like a facelift. Do you recommend laser skin resurfacing on the neck to remove the creases? I believe they are permanent, although they’ll probably be less noticeable after the face lift.

Answer:
Usually horizontal wrinkles of the neck are best treated with a facelift. However, if jowling and neck skin laxity is not present then laser resurfacing is an option. For cheek rejuvenation adding volume with either syringe based fillers or the patient’s own fat cells is the best solution.

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What is the difference between dermabrasion and a chemical peel?

Question:
What is the difference between dermabrasion and a chemical peel? How does each treat the skin?

Answer:
Both dermabrasion and chemical peel are different means of resurfacing the skin. A chemical peel was performed by applying an acidic solution to the skin which penetrates and causes the skin to peel. Different levels of solution can be applied to cause differing levels of correction and improvement. These differing levels entail varying length of recoveries. Dermabrasion is a mechanical sanding wheel which removes the outer layer of the skin. It can also be done to different levels however, in general it is used for significant scarring or deep wrinkles. The recovery from dermabrasion is usually significant and while the results can be impressive it has the highest risk of scarring and loss of pigmentation.

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How are IPL and LED treatments different from laser resurfacing?

Question:
I’ve heard of light treatments like IPL and LED. How are these different from laser resurfacing?

Answer:
IPL is intense pulsed light. LED is a light emitting diode. Light differs from a laser in that it is a broad wavelength of light verses a single wavelength. The broadband light of IPL is then filtered down to a narrower spectrum on light targeted at different problems such as pigmentation or vasculature. Lasers come in many different wavelengths and with other variable features. There are too many to count. Laser resurfacing refers to lasers that target water such as the CO2 or Erbium lasers. These are used to reduce wrinkles, pigmentation and improve skin thickness. Again, many different devises to achieve this task are available.

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What procedure do you use for scar removal?

Question:
I had a lipoma removed from my neck and it left a rather large, very noticeable scar. The scar always catches my attention when I look in the mirror and I am beginning to hate it. What procedure do you use for scar removal?

Answer:
Usually a surgical scar as you describe is best treated with re-excision and careful precise closure with eversion of the wound edges. The scar is usually noticeable because the edges are depressed and create a shadow. Other techniques involve skin resurfacing or reorienting of the scar.

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I’d like a facelift to get rid of my deep wrinkles.

Question:
I’ve been a smoker for the past 50 years of my life. I’d like a facelift to get rid of my deep wrinkles. Would it be possible to really eliminate their appearance?

Answer:
Assuming that you did not start smoking at birth I am estimating your age to be in the sixth decade. Usually individuals in that age group require multiple procedures to achieve the desired result. This usually entails some sort of skin resurfacing with either a laser or chemical, volume replacement with either fat transfer or filler and a lower facelift. None of these procedures however will eradicate the appearance of wrinkles. Each of them will provide an improvement and combining multiple procedures will provide the best result. However, if you are a current smoker, smoking cessation will be necessary prior to proceeding.

I’m in my 50′s my skin is showing signs of sun damage.

Question:
I’ve lived in California all of my life, and now that I’m in my 50′s my skin is showing signs of sun damage. Is a chemical peel my best option for lessening these effects?

Answer:
There are many contributing factors to aging skin when you have reached 50. We believe that gravity, volume loss and actual skin changes all contribute to facial aging. When a patient speaks of “sun damage”, they are usually referring to wrinkles, loss of tone, pigmentation changes and sometimes actual rough spots. These are the type of changes that a skin resurfacing technique such as a chemical peel can assist with. Both lasers and chemical peels can be used to resurface the skin and either can be equally effective. Lasers differ in their power and density (percentage area resurfaced); the higher the power or density the better the results, but also the longer the recovery time. Chemical peels can also vary in strength and just like laser can provide subtle or dramatic results with varying recovery times.