In the month of July this year (2019), it has been announced that Dr. Ryan Diepenbrock, FAACS, DDS, has officially joined the OMSA oral surgery group in Fort Wayne.
He is known as a specialist in facial rejuvenation procedures, both surgical and not. If you are interested in learning more about what facial rejuvenation is, you can start with this informational article.
Meanwhile, this piece of news will cover the specificities of this newest personnel addition to OMSA and the regional medical community.
With this expansion in membership, the surgery group now counts chemical peels and skin resurfacing among their repertoire, in addition to more well-known procedures such as face lifts, neck lifts, Botox treatments, lip filler injections, etc.
Chemical Peel Procedures
A chemical peel is a cosmetic medical method applied to the skin of the face, hands or neck in order to improve its appearance. It is done by exposing the skin of the target area to a chemical solution.
The chemical makes the skin exfoliate, and then it peels off. This is done to lessen or remove age spots, melasma, acne scars, wrinkles, skin damaged by the sun, old or sagging skin, crow’s feet, and other such imperfections.
The new skin after the peel is less wrinkled, more smooth, and more sensitive to sunlight for a period of time after the procedure. By its intensity and the area of effect, a chemical peel can come in three varieties: superficial, medium, and deep.
The superficial type of chemical peel is the gentlest of the three, and it could be considered the most common on a general scale. Due to this, it has been nicknamed in some circles “the lunchtime peel”.
This kind of treatment mainly serves to deal with rough skin, mild to medium discoloration, and to “just refresh” the area of application (typically the face, neck, or hands, or sometimes the skin of the chest). It applies a mild acidic agent, such as alpha-hydroxy acid, which only exfoliates the outer skin layer and does not penetrate any deeper.
Next is the medium peel, named so because it penetrates both the outer and middle layers of the skin. Damaged cells are removed by applying trichloroacetic or glycolic acid. This helps moderate discoloration of the skin (to an extent), lessens age spots and freckles, and smooths out fine wrinkles and less intense lines.
Medium-level chemical peels are even occasionally applied in treatment of precancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis. This addition certainly boosts the medical authority and reach of the Fort Wayne plastic surgery circle.
The third and strongest type of a chemical peel treatment is the deep peel. It stays in the middle layer of the skin, just like the medium type, but reaches much deeper into it. Removing damaged cells at this level can get rid of freckles, age spots, mild and moderately deep wrinkle lines, as well as shallower scars.
This treatment employs either trichloroacetic acid or phenol. These are applied to the face, but not other areas that we previously mentioned. The most notable characteristic of the deep peel is that it can be done only once.
Skin Resurfacing Surgery
Skin resurfacing is also commonly known as laser resurfacing, and that will probably be the name under which your doctor will refer to it. The procedure has obviously been named after the manner of executing it.
A laser tool is applied to the problematic area in order to directly remove one or more layers of the patient’s skin. There are many different laser procedures in cosmetics, both surgical and otherwise.
This way, one can treat some minor flaws in the facial features, or improve the overall appearance of the face. The most widespread kinds of laser in this application are erbium lasers and carbon dioxide lasers.
Erbium lasers can remove superficial and medium wrinkles. They trigger fewer side effects than the carbon dioxide variant, so they can be safely applied to the face, neck, chest, and hands. The CO2 laser has more side effects, but treats more conditions, including wrinkles, warts, scars etc.