Show a Little (Clear) Skin

A. Foley on 5 Aug 2012 at 9:00am


Creams, lasers, scalpels and needles – making skin look its best is always a top priority. Now that we are in the midst of the season for showing a little more skin, here’s a quick look back at a few of the most-searched treatments to take care of lingering acne scars and blemishes - plus some new Before & Afters. Have you turned to medi-beauty to help smooth skin? Let us know your tips, tricks and procedures for putting your best face forward!


1. Fraxel Repair

Fraxel Repair is a CO2 laser that treats the skin. According to dermatologist Dr. Mona Foad, Fraxel Repair requires less downtime than other procedures, but more treatments (typically four or five) overall to bring about results.

RealSelf community member, nyccosmeticsurgerygirl decided to return to Fraxel for a "freshen up" after a year. So far, despite discomfort, she is excited by the results she sees, saying, "Today is day 4 and I still have raw areas, very tight skin and the skin is sensitive and a bit painful. No way to go out in public yet. Look forward to seeing the result after day 7...." Her she is before, and at Day 4:

2. TCA Peel

A TCA Peel is a chemical peel used to resurface the skin. While a chemical peel can treat a variety of issues, doctors particularly see a benefit for taking care of medium-depth acne scars. Since the concentration of a TCA peel can be altered, it can be customized to best take care of the scarring.

After living with adult acne into her 30s, Gaga 1803 decided to get a TCA Peel with the warning that there would be pain and the results would not necessarily be "baby smooth." She says, “I was delighted with result of peel, but I saw why do I need 10 of them - my scars are just too deep and a skin has it`s limitations in regeneration. So, I`m now recovering from my 7th peel, and the resut if (sic) unbelievable." Her results after the fifth treatment:

3. Injectable Fillers

Fillers are injected into the skin to fill in any indentions such as a scar. "For atrophic scars, we use saline injections or a hyaluronic acid filler normally," says Dr. David Sire. "If there is deeper tissue loss sometimes a volume filler like Sculptra or Radiesseis used." No matter the choice, be warned: any results are temporary so the scars will reappear in a few months to a year.

Here are results from a patient who received liquid silicon injections:


photo credit: nyccosmeticsurgerygirl, gaga1803, dr. Channing R. Barnett, MD