Am I a Candidate for Skin Resurfacing?

Over time, scars, wrinkles, and sagging skin can mar your face. Skin resurfacing can reduce or even eliminate these facial intrusions and bring back your more youthful appearance. Not everyone, however, is a good candidate for skin resurfacing treatments.

At Patel Aesthetics, we always make sure we match our patients with the treatment that best suits their goals and overall health. Take a moment to learn more about whether you’re a candidate for our Venus Viva™ or Venus Versa™ skin resurfacing treatments.

You should have elastic skin

Our Venus Viva treatments use tiny pins to create micro-wounds in your skin. As the wounds heal, new skin cells give you a smoother complexion. Our Venus Versa treatment also uses pins to create small wounds. Venus Versa, however, can target larger portions of your body to reduce dark spots, acne, cellulite and even unwanted body hair.

Since our skin resurfacing technologies create these small punctures, we prefer patients with elastic skin. Young people have naturally elastic skin because their faces contain so much collagen. As you get older, your body produces less collagen. If you’re considering skin resurfacing, you likely fall somewhere in the middle, which is perfectly acceptable for our treatments.

You should be able to commit to several treatments

While you may see some positive results after one skin resurfacing treatment, you will probably need three or four sessions to get the results you want. We like to schedule treatments about four weeks apart to give your skin plenty of time to heal. Spacing out the treatments will give you a more comfortable experience and lead to better results.

When you decide on skin resurfacing, you should be able to commit to several treatments. If your schedule doesn’t give you enough flexibility and time to make a commitment, you should wait until you can commit to the full treatment.

You should not take any medications that increase your risk of scarring

Ideal candidates need healthy skin that can recover from resurfacing treatments. Certain medications can increase your risk of scarring. You shouldn’t, for instance, get skin resurfacing if you take Accutane to control acne. Accutane’s effect on skin makes it harder for micro-wounds to heal. We want to improve your skin’s complexion. Certain drugs can prevent that.

Make sure you tell Dr. Patel about all of the medications and supplements you’re taking. A complete list will help him decide whether your skin is healthy enough for resurfacing.

Your skin color doesn’t matter

Our Venus Viva skin resurfacing technique works well on all shades of skin. It doesn’t matter if you have an extremely light or dark complexion. We can remove scars, wrinkles and other blemishes to give you a more youthful appearance.

Venus Versa treatments are a little different, though. We find that it works best for people with light-to-medium colored skin. If you have a very dark skin tone, you might not get the results you want.

It’s difficult to describe which shades are appropriate for Venus Versa treatments. Dr. Patel can help you make an informed decision when you meet with him in person.

If you think you’re a good candidate for skin resurfacing, contact us so we can schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel. During the consultation, he’ll review your medical history, look at your skin and give you more information about the procedure to make sure you’re a good candidate for skin resurfacing.

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