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The natural effects of skin aging can cause the skin on your face to sag, wrinkle, and form lines. Exfoliation is the process where your old skin cells are shed and replaced by younger, healthy ones. As this happens, collagen production in the deeper layers of the dermis is also stimulated. As you age, exfoliation and collagen production slow. Here at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists, our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Natalie Driessen, offers a variety of options to stimulate these natural processes to help rejuvenate the youthful appearance of your skin.

Skin creams formulated with retinol can stimulate a modest amount of exfoliation. This is a common first step for many people looking to reduce the appearance of skin aging.

If you have significant skin aging or if you haven’t been satisfied with your results from retinol in the past, we can prescribe a potent Retin-A skin cream. Since these creams can sometimes cause skin drying issues, they are only available by prescription.

If you are in need of significant exfoliation stimulation, your cosmetic surgeon might recommend a microdermabrasion treatment. This is a special tube lined with microscopic aluminum oxide crystals. A mild vacuum draws surface skin into the tube, stimulating the shedding of the skin cells. This can also have the added benefit of cleaning and opening pores to prevent acne outbreaks.

If you’d like a better understanding of exfoliation stimulation in Palm Desert, California, you should call (760) 773-6616 to schedule a consultation at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists.