What Is Skin Resurfacing?


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What Is Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing treatments help to restore a more youthful, beautiful complexion by removing the most damaged outer layers of skin to reveal the healthier-looking skin beneath and encouraging new, healthy skin cell growth.

Over time, our skin’s outer layers start to show wear and tear from aging, injury, and environmental factors in the form or wrinkles, scars, age spots and discoloration. Skin resurfacing treatments help to reverse these signs of aging and stress, helping you look younger, and even healthier, in the process.

Cosmetic surgeons/ dermatologist use a variety of techniques for skin resurfacing to address a myriad of skin concerns. Choose from the list below to learn more about your options:

Who should perform skin resurfacing treatments?

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Skin Resurfacing Treatments
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Chemical Peels
Microdermabrasion
Dermabrasion
Microneedling
IPL Photorejuvenation

Who should perform skin resurfacing treatments?

There are literally hundreds of different skin resurfacing treatments available in the world, which are marketed under their own brand names. While most of these are excellent technologies, it is important to remember that the component of cosmetic medicine that has the biggest impact on your results is your provider. This goes for non-surgical skin resurfacing treatments as well as cosmetic surgery.

Certain skin resurfacing treatments should only be performed by a board certified cosmetic surgeon/ dermatologist. These include deep chemical peels and certain ablative laser treatments. Other treatments, such as microneedling, light peels, and microdermabrasion, can be safely and effectively performed by a highly trained registered nurse or licensed aesthetician.

The credentials required to perform skin resurfacing treatments vary from state to state, but regardless of what is allowed in your area, you should always choose a provider who is licensed for his or her position, works under the supervision of a qualified cosmetic surgeon (if the provider is a nurse or aesthetician) and is very experienced in medical skin care. When you consult with potential providers, ask how many times he or she has performed the specific treatments you are considering. Additionally, ask about the provider’s experience working with patients with your skin type and concerns. This is essential for your safety and to ensure the treatments you receive will be effective in achieving your goals.