Cosmetic products can go only so far in improving the appearance ofwrinkles,acnescars, uneven pigmentation, broken blood vessels andage spots. Anyone seeking more dramatic improvements will have to look to other remedies -- some performed by aestheticians, but most by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
Today there's a wide choice of facial rejuvenation techniques, making it possible to tailor therapies to the exact needs of the client. A variety of methods are used to remove the topmost layers of the skin (epidermis) to reveal clear, unblemished skin below. These methods are called exfoliation or skin resurfacing. Newer techniques penetrate to the layers beneath (thedermis) to boostcollagenproduction, which gives the skin a fresher, plumper, more youthful appearance. The medical term for these techniques is nonablative, which simply means that they work without destroying tissue. "Doctors often combine procedures so patients can get the maximum benefits from each," reports Tina S. Alster, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon in Washington, D.C.