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Smooth to the Touch: Skin Resurfacing


Sometimes you have to go to extremes to get results.
Sometimes you have to go to extremes to get results.
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Aging skin kind of sneaks up on you. A laugh line here, a crow's foot there and then one day, you look in the mirror and you aren't quite sure who that wrinkly person is looking back at you. Caring for you skin along the way can help ease the displeasure of watching your face crease up, but there are also a lot of genetic and lifestyle considerations that impact how you age that you can't do anything about. Not to mention acne scarring, pigmentation issues and sun damage. If you're ready to freshen up your look, then you might want to consider a skin resurfacing procedure.

There are three different types of skin resurfacing techniques: chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Each has its own benefits and downsides, so you should consult with a plastic surgeon about your options. Your specific case could dictate the kind of procedure your doctor recommends, or you may have the option to choose which one you want to go with. Regardless of which resurfacing technique you choose, you're going to need to know a few things about the process going in and how to prepare for it. We'll walk you through the prep, the procedure and what you can expect afterward on the following pages.


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