Clear, smooth skin and a radiant complexion can enhance your appearance and give you a confidence boost. Skin resurfacing treatments are a range of non-surgical cosmetic procedures that renew, rejuvenate, and revitalize your skin. The key advantage of skin resurfacing treatments is that they are non-invasive and involve minimal downtime. In the following paragraphs, we’ll describe the different types of skin resurfacing methods and how they can help you look your best.

What do Skin Resurfacing Treatments Do?

Skin resurfacing treatments, as the name suggests, work on the outer layer (surface) of the skin, which suffers the maximum damage due to age and environmental toxins, resulting in age spots, sun spots, freckles, wrinkles, scars, and other blemishes. Skin resurfacing methods help you look younger by treating these blemishes that are signs of age and stress.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing treatment in which a chemical solution (usually a mild acid) is applied to the skin and left for some time. This causes the top layers of the skin to peel away, revealing a fresher, smoother, younger-looking skin underneath.

There are various types of chemical peels available. Glycolic peels come in different strengths and can penetrate deep into the skin. They are useful for the exfoliation of aging skin. Lactic peels are gentler and are great for dry or sensitive skin. Beta peels contain salicylic acid and are effective in treating acne through reduced oil secretion and targeting of acne-causing bacteria. Various combinations of different acids are used to address specific concerns, such as pigmentation or brown spots.

Our aesthetician can help you decide which is the best chemical peel for you. We may suggest starting with a light chemical peel that contains fruit enzymes or milder acids like trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid. If you have advanced signs of aging, extensive sun damage, severe acne scars, or deep wrinkles, a deeper or stronger chemical peel, such as a phenol peel, may be recommended for skin resurfacing.

Microdermabrasion

This is a method of skin resurfacing that is mechanical in nature. The skin is exfoliated with the help of a device that sloughs off the upper layers of skin. The microdermabrasion instrument has a very fine tip that sprays microscopic abrasive particles onto the skin. These particles are quickly vacuumed clean to reveal healthier, smoother, younger-appearing skin underneath.

Microdermabrasion is a comparatively gentle procedure that is used for the skin of the face, neck, and hands, but it can be used on other parts of the body as well. The treatment helps reduce fine lines like crow’s feet, age spots, and acne scars. It also improves skin tone and brightens the complexion. Sometimes, microdermabrasion is combined with a chemical peel for optimum results. Here at Pittman Plastic Surgery, we have invested in the Diamond Glow system from Allergan. Think of Diamond Glow as the “Cadillac” of microdermabrasion.

Microneedling

This is a skin resurfacing treatment that evokes the skin’s natural healing abilities by creating microscopic injuries on the surface. The microneedling instrument contains dozens of tiny needles that produce minuscule injuries in the skin. This triggers the skin to produce new cells, elastin, and collagen. As a result, skin imperfections are reduced, restoring a clearer, smoother complexion with a more even tone and texture. Microneedling skin resurfacing is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, surgical scars, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, and stretch marks.

IPL and BBL Photofacials

IPL (intense pulsed light) and BBL (broadband light) are photorejuvenation techniques that utilize a beam of light to resurface the skin. They are used to treat common problems like sun damage, age spots, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, spider veins, and birthmarks. These skin resurfacing methods can also stimulate collagen production and improve skin tightness.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical photo-rejuvenation procedure in which a concentrated beam of light is used to reduce blemishes and improve skin tone and texture. It is also called laser skin rejuvenation, laser vaporization, laser abrasion, and laser peel.

The main advantage of laser skin resurfacing is that it permits each layer of skin to be treated with a great deal of precision. For example, fractional lasers allow a very small area (fraction) of the skin to be treated, allowing blemishes to be addressed without harming surrounding skin.

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, and red or brown spots. It can also help reduce acne scars and tighten the skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance by encouraging new collagen production.

The improvements from laser skin resurfacing do not appear immediately. It can take several months for the skin to heal and form new skin cells and collagen. During this time, the skin may appear mildly pink. However, laser skin resurfacing produces long-lasting results with a dramatic improvement in skin quality.

Which Skin Resurfacing Method is Best for Me?

Skin resurfacing treatments can help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, acne scars, and other blemishes, restoring fresher, smoother, tighter, and younger-looking skin.

If you’re not sure which skin resurfacing method is right for you, our medical team can help you decide. The best thing about these treatments is that they involve almost no downtime. Most skin resurfacing treatments can be done on the face and other parts of the body as well. Skin resurfacing can give you the clear skin you desire with long-lasting results.