Skin Resurfacing

Some patients with active lifestyles have skin that's been overexposed to sun and wind, while others are genetically predisposed to early signs of aging.

Laser Resurfacing

Many patients are bothered by crow's feet and superficial facial lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Some are looking for improvements in the fine lines around the mouth and others are looking to correct pigmentary changes in the skin, also known as age spots. Patients who request one or any combination of these improvements are seeking information about skin resurfacing.

Skin resurfacing is the removal of the outer layer of the skin — using abrasion, chemicals or a laser — to uncover a younger beauty hidden just underneath the surface.

At your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate the bony and soft tissue architecture as well as the form and function of the head and neck. An overall assessment of the face provides the basis for what one may expect from skin resurfacing at the Quatela Center.

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Chemical Peels

Applying acid solution eliminates the very top layers of the skin and allows smoother regenerated skin to emerge from beneath. Chemical peels can be effective on fine wrinkles caused by sun damage, superficial skin color changes, age spots, or signs of premature aging such as fine lines around the eyes. Chemical peels can be used in combination with other skin resurfacing or alone.

Chemical peels offered at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery range from mild "lunch hour peels" performed at Q the Medical Spa to moderate TCA (trichloroacetic acid peels) to deep phenol peels performed in the surgical suite.

Dr. Vito Quatela Dr. Vito Quatela

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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Skin Resurfacing FAQ's

What does skin resurfacing fix?

Skin resurfacing with the use of chemicals, laser, or abrasion can help improve fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, facial scars, changes in pigmentation, and skin texture.

Is the post-operative care after skin resurfacing extensive?

The post-operative care depends on the type of resurfacing performed. Some procedures, such as mild chemical peels or fractional resurfacing, can be performed in our Medical Spa with a minimal amount of downtime or post-operative care. Other procedures, such as dermabrasion, deeper chemical peels or fully ablative laser resurfacing are frequently performed in the operating room under sedation and require a more intensive post-operative care regimen. Once you and Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee choose which procedure is best, specific post-operative instructions will be given.

What are the options for skin resurfacing?

There are many different options that are available for skin resurfacing which include chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and dermabrasion. Procedures vary from non-surgical which are done in our Medical Spa to surgical, which are done by Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee. Depending on the level of damage to the skin and desired result, your doctor will discuss what procedure will best fit your needs.

What is the downtime associated with skin resurfacing?

Downtime varies depending on the type of resurfacing performed. Some types of laser resurfacing and chemical peels are done in the Medical Spa with minimal downtime. Other surgical procedures, such as fully ablative laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, will require longer recovery times. seven to ten days post-operatively you will see the emergence of delicate, pink new skin. The pinkness will gradually subside over six to eight weeks.

Can I get skin resurfacing done in the summer?

You can have skin resurfacing done in the summer, however it is extremely important to keep resurfaced skin out of the sun to minimize pigment changes. This can be accomplished by utilizing proper sun protection such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc.

Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedure of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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Quatela Center
for Plastic Surgery

The Quatela Center's reputation as one of New York's finest cosmetic plastic surgery practices attracts patients to Rochester from throughout the state. Choose one of the locations below for driving directions to our practice.

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The Lindsay House

973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000

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