Skin Care: What Is Safe Injury?

Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery

The clinical data behind safe skin care injury procedures are built upon a variety of different treatment options that all lead to one end goal- a stimulation of the body’s own collagen for age management.  But what is safe injury? And what procedures would be considered a safe injury treatment? As the Registered Nurse for Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery, I will explain the theory and most commonly asked questions regarding this highly effective approach to combat the signs of aging skin.

1.) What is a “safe injury” skin care procedure? Any time the skin is treated by way of resurfacing (lasers + chemical peels), or puncturing (microneedling + injectables), the skin endures a controlled “injury” within the structure of the skin. Procedures can vary in depth (from superficial to the mid-dermis), but are performed in-office for age management, wrinkle prevention, and textural enhancement. When our skin is injured at a superficial and controlled depth, there is a measurable improvement in appearance as well as increased blood flow to the skin. When our body receives a signal that an injury or trauma has been endured, it goes into wound-healing mode and an immediate collagen stimulation process begins. When the collagen stimulation process begins, new, strong, healthy tissue is developed and acts almost as an eraser to reverse some of the visible signs of aging.

2.) What can I expect with a safe injury skin care procedure? An overall improvement in the tone, texture, color, and appearance of the skin. Safe injury skin care procedures are also effective in scar revision, and treating acne lesions.

3.) What procedures qualify as a safe injury skin care procedure? The most effective procedures include ablative laser resurfacing,  microneedling (collagen induction therapy), chemical peels, and photofacial/(IPL) light treatments. Injectable hyaluronic acid fillers have also recently been clinically proven to stimulate the body’s collagen production when used long-term. Your treatment modality will depend on the specific needs of your skin. There are many procedures available for “age management”, but not all of them have been clinically proven to work. In our practice, we only provide treatments  that have been clinically studied for safety and efficacy.

4.)What is my expected downtime? Depending on the procedure selected, and the aggressiveness needed for measurable results, downtime can vary. When the skin is treated at a superficial level, downtime does not typically exceed 7-10 days.

For additional information, or to schedule a complimentary skin care consultation with Ashley Smith, RN, BSN, please contact us directly at (480) 418-6415.


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