Damaged For Good: How Skin Rejuvenation Procedures Fix Your Skin

Chances are that if you're interested in putting off the signs of aging as much as possible, you're already well aware of things that can damage your skin, like UV radiation and cigarette smoke. These are significant issues that can harm your skin cells and cause you to look older than you actually are. However, not all forms of damage to your skin are bad. In a controlled environment, causing mild damage to the skin can actually make you look younger and your skin healthier. Here's what you should know about it.

Types of Skin Rejuvenation Procedures

There are many skin rejuvenation treatments out there, and not all of them work the same way. However, things like microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing both cause minor damage to the skin. But don't panic! This damage isn't permanent, and your skin actually comes back healthier than it was before your treatment.

How it Works 

Microdermabrasion, if you're unfamiliar, pricks the skin repeatedly with tiny little needles anywhere that it needs improvement. These little insertion points look like nothing more than pores once the procedure is done, but they jumpstart the body to heal and improve the skin. When the body senses that the skin has been impacted by the procedure, the body responds by speeding up cell turnover and producing new collagen and elastin. This not only gives your skin a youthful glow but also helps it to appear firmer, as a loss of collagen and elastin often causes the skin to look saggy or aged.

Laser skin resurfacing is a little different but follows similar principles. A laser is used to remove the top layers of skin. This exposes the younger, healthier skin underneath, but also generates the body to perform similar cellular rejuvenation as with microdermabrasion. Whether you engage in one or both of these procedures, you'll see the benefits.

What to Expect

Your dermatologist or cosmetic advisor will ultimately help you to decide which treatments are right for you. However, if skin aging is one of your concerns, you'll likely have one or both of these procedures recommended to you.

Both of these procedures are performed in-office and allow you to go home afterward. They're performed in a sterile environment, ensuring that you don't get an infection and remain safe. After the treatment is done, you'll be given instructions on how to care for your skin while it recovers.

The body does a remarkable job of responding to tissue damage, even when it's extremely minor, like with these procedures. If you want to look your best, talk to a dermatologist about these and other skin rejuvenation procedures.