If your skin is showing signs of age due to sun damage, smoking, or simply genetics, there are lots of different ways you can reduce these effects. At Luxe Plastic Surgery, we offer state-of-the-art skin rejuvenation treatments to help you turn back the clock and restore a more youthful appearance to your skin.
Peels are agents which are applied to the surface of the skin, in the office without the need for anesthesia (other than a topical gel). They are used to lessen the appearance of fine lines, smooth areas which have a rough or "pebbly" appearance, and even out patches of different pigmentation.
Dr. Kutty offers several different types of peels which are tailored to your skin type and specific problems. Superficial peeling agents have the shortest downtime, but you may have to repeat treatments a few times over several months.
Deeper peeling agents have a more dramatic effect with a slightly longer downtime. Aftercare involves simple washing of the skin and application of ointment and sunscreen. Peel treatments are performed in our office with only topical anesthesia, and usually take 15-30 minutes to apply. The end result is smoother skin with a noticeable, healthy glow. These products are especially useful under the eyes for dark circles.
When you visit with Dr. Kutty, you’ll have a thorough discussion of all of the options available at Luxe Plastic Surgery.
- Biopelle® topical peels – this is a peeling agent that is applied by Dr. Kutty which causes gentle sloughing of the outer layer of skin. Flaking lasts only a day or so, and your skin will be much brighter afterward.
- VI peels® -- the VI peel is a newer formulation which also encourages flaking of the outside layer of skin to brighten it. The difference between this and most other agents is that the formulation is such that it can be used on darker-colored skin. Most other peels carry the risk of causing serious changes in pigment, leaving blotchy patches of different colors all over the face. This generally cannot be fully corrected. It’s extremely important in patients with more pigmented skin to see a board-certified plastic surgeon who is familiar with the management of skin rejuvenation in these patients to achieve maximal results safely.
- Dr. Kutty (who has deeper pigment in his skin) has actually done a VI peel on his own face several times to reassure himself and his patients that when applied properly on the right skin type that can be done safely. Application causes a slight warmth on your skin which dissipates after a minute or so.
- TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels – this agent also causes flaking of the skin, but to a slightly deeper level if necessary. Dr. Kutty can use a strength which is carefully tailored to your skin type and severity of wrinkling. Post-peel care is very simple. After several days, peeling is complete and sunblock is worn for several weeks (as it should anyway). The results from a TCA peel can be quite dramatic, but the application and concentration must be carefully considered.
All chemical peels, including the lightest ones, are applied by Dr. Kutty personally. We strive to have our clients feel that they have his full attention, and that they are getting the right treatment for their individual problem. Peels must also be appropriately "feathered" at the edges to avoid an obvious edge to the treated area. Some peels have to be done several times over a period of weeks to months, if they are lighter or are done for darker skin to avoid complications. At other facilities, most peels are followed by a regimen that includes messy, greasy ointments. Our post-peel regimens are modified from those typically used for an improved client experience.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing can be performed in the office with topical anesthetic. The advanced laser used to perform this treatment is designed to safely remove the damaged outer layer of your skin, revealing fresher skin beneath it.
After laser skin resurfacing treatment, the outer layer of your skin will "slough," giving way to the newer, tighter skin below. This process can take around 3 to 6 days to occur, depending on the degree of your pre-existing skin damage. Our laser can be carefully calibrated and individualized to penetrate to the ideal skin depth for a given degree of pre-existing sun damage. Laser skin resurfacing can also be used to reduce:
- Acne scarring
- Pigmentation problems
Laser skin resurfacing produces tightening of the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
Medical-Grade Skin Care Products
The skin care products that are sold in department stores tend to be expensive, but only provide modest treatment of fine lines and poor skin texture. Luxe Plastic Surgery offers more advanced products that are available in our office. Whether you have fine lines, dark circles under your eyes, or blotchy pigmentation, our products are tailored to meet your needs. These specialized skin care regimens rehydrate and revitalize your skin, and are as simple to use as your current skin care regimen.
At Luxe Plastic Surgery, we carry the Jan Marini and NeoCutis lines of skin care products. These are available as individual items or as complete skin care systems. People commonly use a variety of products from department and grocery stores, recommended by friends, which provide limited to no results. They are also usually quite costly. In most cases, Dr. Kutty recommends discontinuing all other products and using solely a skin care system. These have been matched to each other to give great results, and by substituting it for other store-bought products they are in fact less costly.
After evaluating your skin and discussing your options with you, Dr. Kutty will recommend the best product or treatment plan to rejuvenate your skin. For a great number of people a combination of these peels and products may be recommended to achieve the absolutely best result, in a safe manner.
If you are interested in medical skin rejuvenation, please contact us online or call (281) 241-1041 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Malik Kutty. Luxe Plastic Surgery serves patients in the Houston, Sugar Land, and Katy areas of Texas.