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When you think of the most common reasons why you would visit a plastic surgeon, do skin issues like sun-damage and acne scarring come to mind?

Most likely no, and for good reason; plastic surgery centers are still largely regarded as destinations for traditional procedures like breast augmentationliposuctionrhinoplasty, and more. For skin issues, such as sun-damage and scarring, many people think of medical spas and dermatologists as the go-to experts.

Would you be surprised to learn that plastic surgeons can offer both non-surgical and surgical solutions for complexion issues like sun-damage, hyperpigmentation, and facial scarring?

Plastic surgeons can offer a range of both invasive and non-invasive treatment options, meaning you’ll have a variety of routes to take when it comes to correcting skin imperfections. For example, if your skin issues warrant a gentle laser treatment, your plastic surgeon can provide that. Alternatively, if you have deep facial scarring, a plastic surgeon can offer dermal filler injections, or even surgical removal, to help resolve.

At Dr. Katharine Nitta’s practice in Newport Beach, CA, she always starts her patients off with a healthy, effective skin-care regime, involving anti-oxidants, sunscreen, and proper exfoliation. It is important that patients who want to avoid the symptoms of sun-damage focus on prevention. This includes adding the following steps to your skin-care routine:

  • Use products with antioxidants; additionally, eat foods loaded with them!
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever possible, even if it’s a cloudy day.
  • Exfoliate your skin two to three times a week; avoid doing it daily, as this can actually aggravate your skin.

If you already suffer from sun-damage, Dr. Nitta may recommend a BBL™ BroadBand Light or Halo™ laser treatment to encourage immediate and long-lasting improvement. The strength of these lasers can be controlled; for example, patients who want little recovery time can opt for gentler laser resurfacing, while patients who don’t mind downtime can opt for a more aggressive treatment. Laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles, and other common signs of sun-damage. Additionally, Dr. Nitta can use these laser treatments to minimize the appearance of facial scarring, like acne and trauma scars. Deeper scars may require surgical removal, which a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Nitta can perform in the office.

In addition to being a Double Board-Certified Plastic SurgeonDr. Nitta is an expert in non-surgical skin care as well. To learn more about how she can help you achieve your best complexion yet, schedule a consultation by calling 949-722-6644. Dr. Nitta serves Newport Beach and the larger Los Angeles, CA area.