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When you were young, your skin cells replenished old cells with healthy, young epithelial cells at a high rate. As the years go by, this process, which is known as exfoliation, slows, which also decreases collagen production in the deeper dermal layers. This causes lines and wrinkles to form as your skin gradually starts to lose elasticity.

There are a variety of ways Dr. Oliver P. Simmons can help restore the youthful appearance of your skin.

Specially formulated skin creams with retinol can stimulate a modest amount of exfoliation. This is a common first step to address minor skin-aging issues.

For skin in need of more significant restoration, he might prescribe a more potent skin cream that uses Retin-A. Since these creams can sometimes cause skin-drying issues, they are only available by prescription.

A microdermabrasion treatment can be performed in a single outpatient appointment. Your cosmetic surgeon will use 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 reduce acne issues.

If you live in the Lexington, South Carolina, area and you’re concerned about the appearance of aging skin, you should call 803-490-7644 to set up a consultation at Simmons Plastic Surgery.