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Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing is a common cosmetic procedure that quickly and safely brings out the best in a patient's skin. Fun in the sun-or simply a lot of years under it-can cause unsightly blemishes and other damage. Chemical peels, brushes and lasers are used to restore the skin to its beautiful natural condition. While not every patient's experience, will be the same, skin resurfacing procedures come with a high rate of satisfaction-with many patients reporting increased self-esteem and confidence in their appearance.

A variety of scars and imperfections can be treated with one or another methods of skin resurfacing. While sun wrinkles are a common skin blemish treated by this procedure, wrinkles and other forms of damage are effectively treated every day using the same methods. Unlike some procedures, such as grafting, skin resurfacing draws out healthy, natural, local skin from underneath damaged skin.

Laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is popular for blemishes and scars, but it is a flexible procedure with broader applications. Flaws such as unsightly body and facial hair-or even tattoos you've outgrown-can be safely and effectively corrected with laser skin resurfacing. Lasers allow doctors to enjoy a high level of precision as they remove layers of blemished, damaged or discolored skin.

How much does skin resurfacing cost?
For many patients, skin resurfacing is an elective, cosmetic procedure that may need to be paid for out of pocket. Get a few price quotes before settling on a doctor. Several factors-including your location-can impact cost. Costs will vary depending on the type and size of the clinic you visit. While price does not necessarily directly correlate to quality, you should be wary of procedure prices that seem too good to be true.

Skin resurfacing is a routine procedure-routine for everyone but you, that is. When you're bargain hunting, consider the whole package. Investigate what kind of out-patient follow up and support are offered, as well how the surgeons and technicians plan to communicate with your personal physician (it's important to enjoy general good health before electing this procedure).

Although the total bill will change based on prescription drug costs, the time and extent of the procedure and other factors, a consultation should provide a close approximation of what you will owe. Be prepared to dig a little deeper to get an estimate-many clinics won't advertise prices. Be sure to balance cost against what's at stake-your health and appearance. Never skimp at the expense of quality or safety. If a clinic makes you feel uncomfortable, be prepared to walk.

Recovery for these outpatient procedures is generally rapid-allowing you to quickly enjoy the benefits of brushing and sanding, peels and laser procedures. Board certified physicians should always clearly explain the risks attached to your procedure.

Official Resources:
Laser Skin Resurfacing - University of Michigan Health System
Facial Peels and Laser Surgery - University of Maryland Medical Center
Skin Resurfacing - University of Iowa





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