Definition: Skin resurfacing is a general term encompassing various procedures that remove or ablate (destroy) the top layers of skin to promote new cell growth and improve the appearance of the skin. There are several types of skin resurfacing techniques, each with its own benefits and drawbacks:

  • Chemical peels: Utilize acids to exfoliate and remove damaged skin layers. (See previous glossary entry for Chemical Peels)
  • Laser resurfacing: Uses laser energy to ablate targeted areas of skin with varying depths of penetration. (See glossary entry for Laser Hair Removal for a general understanding of laser technology)
  • Dermabrasion: A mechanical exfoliation technique that removes the top layer of skin with a rotating brush or diamond-tipped instrument.
  • Microneedling: Creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture. (See previous glossary entry for Microneedling)

Pros (General): Improves skin texture and tone, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, minimizes acne scars and sun damage, promotes a more youthful appearance.

Cons (General): Varies depending on the specific technique used. Can cause temporary redness, swelling, or discomfort, requires post-treatment care regimen, not suitable for all skin types or conditions, multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results.

Alternatives: Topical skincare products, minimally invasive procedures like microneedling or RF microneedling (depending on the concern).

Recovery Time: Varies significantly depending on the type and depth of skin resurfacing performed. Chemical peels and microneedling typically have minimal downtime, while laser resurfacing and dermabrasion can involve more extensive healing periods.

Disclaimer: Skin resurfacing procedures are medical treatments and should only be performed by a qualified dermatologist or aesthetician with proper training and experience in the chosen technique.