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Infini Vs. Facials, Peels, Micro-Dermabrasion

Posted: 4:23 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I am 56 with fine lines and rough skin all over my face. Dermatologists and medical spas offer so many choices – facials, chemical peels, dermabrasion procedures and lasers. Which skin treatment will give me worthwhile results?

Answer: Over age 40, facial lines and sun-damage become more visible. Less aggressive skin procedures may not be enough. Although lower in cost, such treatments are often performed by non-physicians, repeated every few weeks to months and can continue indefinitely.

Facials, superficial chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion and Dermapen can be categorized as less aggressive skin treatments. Facials and micro-dermabrasion mainly touch the surface skin, giving it a slight polish.

Chemicals peels come in superficial, medium and deep. Superficial peels treat upper skin layers. Medium and deep peels are performed under anesthesia by facial plastic surgeons to improve deeper lines. Like CO2 laser, deep peels have prolonged recovery with risks of scarring and facial pigment loss.

Dermapen is also not as powerful and effective as the Infini radiofrequency “laser”. Infini can improve facial wrinkles, fine lines and skin texture with minimal to no downtime. One can resume most routine activities after 24 hours. One added benefit of Infini is that it also lifts and tightens sagging face and neck skin, giving a non-surgical “facelift”.

While less aggressive procedures cost less than Infini, they don’t necessarily give the higher quality results of Infini. You may require so many treatments with the less aggressive options that you end up spending much more time and money compared to Infini.

It is a misconception to think you should only seek a surgeon for surgery. Facial Plastic Surgeons are extensively trained, skilled and knowledged in both non-surgical and surgical facial aesthetic treatments. Each time you have a non-surgical procedure by a less qualified doctor, you increase the risk of complications and poorer results. When it comes to your face, why would you consider less than a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon? Go to www.abfprs.org to verify that your doctor is board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery.

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