Many patients who want a more youthful appearance opt for simpler, less invasive alternatives to surgery. Scripps Clinic Division of Plastic Surgery offers several laser and chemical treatments that can help reduce the look of wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, or medical conditions such as melasma.
There are many different types of lasers used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic or medical skin conditions. Laser treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures to tighten skin, smooth fine lines, minimize the appearance of scars, or lighten sun damage. Your physician can give you advice on whether laser treatment is an effective and beneficial option for you.
During a chemical peel, a solution applied to the problem area causes the skin to peel and reveal fresh, smoother skin underneath. There are a variety of different types of chemical peels providing superficial, medium, or deep results. Depending on the type of problem you’re hoping to address, such as improving skin texture or sun damage, your physician can help you decide what type of peel is best for you.