Skin resurfacing eliminates wrinkles, pigmentary discoloration, and slgnificantly ttghtens the skin, resulting tn a more youthful appearance. Patients may begin to notice perioral rhytids during restorative or prosthetic treatment. They may complain to their dentist that terior prosthetic restorations do no adequately fill out theirlips. Women may remark tha their lipstick “bleeds” or “runs outward into the skin of he lips. This occurs in the
fine i:haIllH’+’ of the vertical pvrroral rhytlds. The dentist h limited. by the supporting [aws and occlusal relation- hip~’ as to how far the underlving frame (i.e, teeth) canstretch and support the overlying canvass ti.e., lips).
Although excision methods such as ble pharoptasty orface-lift eliminate skin excess and contours, skin resurfacing treats tile fine rhytids or wrinkles. Skin resurfacing is often performed after forehead and face-lifts and blepharoplasties to achieve even more dramatic results. Skin resurfacing colle ctively refers to chemical peels, ermabrasion, or laser-skin ‘resurfacing, Chemical peels use agents such as trichloroacetic acid (TeA), glycolic acid, , or pj1enol. These chemicals cause the old superficial skin to peel off a.s if it were sunburned, This occurs after thenew skin has reformed beneath the more superficial slaughing layers. Dermbrasion is a mechanical sanding