From early on, we learn that having a smooth, clear complexion is an attribute of physical attractiveness. However, as we age, maintaining that healthy glow becomes more difficult. The face is the most exposed part of the body, vulnerable to pollutants in the surrounding environment and to harsh rays of the sun. The skin is also subject to acne, rashes, allergic reactions and other conditions that may leave permanent scars.
Patients interested in cosmetic surgery assume that their skin will appear smooth and flawless with completion of the procedures. While surgery "lifts" and "smoothes" the skin, very deep lines and wrinkles that were evident prior to surgery do remain.
A number of non-surgical "refinishing" treatments are available for individuals who want to eliminate or soften imperfections on their facial skin and achieve a clearer, fresher look.