What is Skin resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing describes a group of non-surgical techniques that aim to improve the quality and contour of skin and its uniformity of pigmentation. The group includes chemical peeling, derma-roller stimulation, laser and dermabrasion. All aim to damage the skin temporarily and induce repair mechanisms so that the new skin is of better quality than the previous. Prior to these treatments, the skin can be prepared in a number of different ways, aimed at increasing the responsiveness of the repair cells and optimising the environment for healing prior to initiating stimulation.

What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?

Chemical peels cause a superficial injury to the skin and stimulate regeneration through new skin growth which reduces wrinkle depth and pigment variability. Derma-rollering stimulates the fibroblasts in the deeper layers of skin to produce more collagen, giving the skin a more youthful physical tone. Laser and dermabrasion techniques can be more invasive and laser requires specialist training and equipment. Chris normally performs chemical peels and derma-rollering in place of surgical dermabrasion as the recovery is faster and more controllable and the results are more predictable in all skin types.

How long do the results last for?

The results are long lasting after skin healing has been completed. If the treatments are designed to improve deep acne scarring or wrinkles, the treatments may need repeating after three months.

What are the risks?

Non-surgical treatment has minimal risk, but injuring the skin is not without risk. Areas that take longer to heal or temporarily risk infection whilst healing can produce poor scars.

What are the success rates?

Improvements are noticeable after two weeks and stable results noticeable after three months.

How much does the surgery cost?

From £350 per session of Derma-rollering (three sessions advised)

From £450 for a Chemical (TCA) peel

What general advice is there?

Facial skin must be free of cold sores and patients must not have taken isotretinoin within the last 12 months.

Following a skin resurfacing treatment, the skin is very sensitive to ultraviolet light and heat.