What is Skin Resurfacing and Who Can It Help?

What is Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing is a method of using non-surgical treatments to improve skin appearance and complexion. This is done by removing or micro-damaging the outer layers of skin in order to encourage new cell growth and collagen production. Resurfacing benefits include clearer and more even skin tone, diminished acne scars, reversed effects of sun damage, and little to no side effects or downtime. 

How Does Resurfacing Work?

Because there are various types of skin resurfacing options, the exact ways in which it works on your skin will look differently depending on the treatment. However, the overall concept is the same. The goal is to improve skin health, maintain a youthful appearance, and even out skin coloration.

Everyone’s skin naturally begins to age over time, no matter how great your skin care routine is! The outermost layers of our skin are first to show signs of damage, aging, sun exposure, stress, and other environmental causes. By working with the different types of resurfacing options, we’re essentially helping to reverse these signs of damage by removing dead skin then replenishing it with treatments like laser, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.

Who is Skin Resurfacing For?

Depending on your personal skin concerns and medical history, your plastic surgeon or board-certified skin specialist will be able to target a treatment that is best suited for you. Typically, skin resurfacing is for anyone over the age of 18 who is seeking improved skin on the face, neck, chest, or anywhere else on the body. 

Many people who seek resurfacing treatments range from adult women and men in their aging years looking to appear more youthful. Seniors might opt for these treatments, too, to decrease sagging wrinkles. Younger adults frequently look into resurfacing to help with things like acne scars, early signs of aging, discoloration, freckling, and other skin conditions. 

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Types of Skin Resurfacing Treatments


As a cosmetic procedure, skin resurfacing is widely popular in all forms. Laser resurfacing is often the most well-known.

Laser treatment targets spots on the skin with precision. It also removes outermost skin layers so the newer skin cells beneath the surface can activate the body’s healing process. This healing and new skin formation is what gives that fresh, tighter, and more youthful glow. 

There are two types of laser resurfacing: ablative or nonablative.

Ablative laser resurfacing 

This type of treatment is where the actual “micro wounding” is performed, as mentioned above. Ablative means it removes the surface of the skin. The removal of the skin tissue activates the need to repair and restore skin from the inside out. Usually, the types of lasers used for ablative treatment are the erbium laser or a CO2 laser. 

Nonablative laser treatment

Alternatively to an ablative laser where wounding happens, nonablative laser treatment does not cause wounding on the skin’s surface. Instead, beams of light stimulate collagen production in the deeper skin tissue of the treatment areas. This results in tighter, plumper, and more subtle effects. Even though nonablative is a great noninvasive option for healthy skin, it’s not as effective or long-lasting as ablative laser resurfacing. An example of nonablative laser treatment is the popular Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. 

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL, as mentioned, is noninvasive and stimulates the skin with light. It’s helpful for repairing visible blood vessels (such as under the eyes or neck), fading sun spots, and taking care of pigmentation issues. Many people with acne or scars from past acne challenges use IPL as a way to diminish scarring, large pores, and discoloration. 

Radio Frequency (RF)

Another type of resurfacing can now be done with Radio Frequency technology. This unique process sends RF waves under the skin’s surface. It cleans the skin of any oil, dirt, and excess skin. Then it targets deep collagen production, giving an instant glow and overal smoothed skin tone. 

Get Your Age Rejuvenating Facial with Skin Resurfacing 

These treatments can be used on any area of the body, which is great if you are seeking multiple treatments for problem areas. The most frequently requested skin resurfacing treatments, by far, are done on the face, neck, and décolletage (chest). 

At Wake Up Beautiful Spa we use the Venus Viva for Venus Versa for nonlaser resurfacing treatments. Both of these machines work wonders for our clients. They offer IPL, RF, and MP2 technology, which means it can be customized to treat a long list of skin concerns– even cellulite. 

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What we at Wake Up Beautiful Spa love about the Venus machines for resurfacing is that unlike intense lasers, it gives you the option to perform skin procedures that are safe and effective for all skin times. Lasers are not often safe for darker skin tones. But thankfully, growing technology allows aestheticians to use the benefits of FR and IPL to the advantage of any patient. 

If you’re interested in skin resurfacing treatment but don’t know which one would work for your skin needs, schedule an appointment to talk to one of our skin specialists at Wake Up Beautiful today!

Venus Viva Skin Resurfacing

What is Skin Resurfacing?

Typically, skin resurfacing facial treatments are a type of photorejuvenation that uses lasers or light to help treat skin conditions. Lasers have been known to minimize fine lines, acne scars, and other spots on the skin. However, there are other types of skin resurfacing that don’t involve lasers and work exceptionally well. The Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing treatment is an alternative type of skin resurfacing that helps repair similar skin damages and signs of pigmentation.

What is Venus Viva? 

The Venus Viva™ is a special machine with a handheld tool with tiny pins in it. These small pins are combined with RF heat (NanoFractional Radio Frequency) that work together to penetrate into the skin’s surface. Instead of using lasers, this process delivers heat which creates tiny wounds through the desired treatment area. The wounds are so small that it’s often hardly noticeable yet results in deeply effective treatment.

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The tiny micro wounds are naturally healed by the body while increasing collagen production. This is why it’s so useful for wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, uneven pigmentation, and deep scars. Elastin fibers inside connective skin tissue are also stimulated which helps obtain more youthful results starting in 24 hours.

The Venus Viva™ treatments are safe, patented, and FDA-approved. The Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing is also the first age rejuvenating facial that can be manually customized for ablation settings which give efficient treatment.

Results include: 

  • noticeably smoother skin 
  • decreased lines and wrinkles 
  • skin tightening effect
  • improved results over time
  • plump, glowing skin
  • evened skin tone and pigmentation
  • increased collagen

Benefits of Venus Viva™ Skin Resurfacing 

This type of treatment is much less painful and uncomfortable than laser treatments. Originally, skin resurfacing required the use of traditional CO2 lasers pulsed into the skin to provide desired effects. The main problem with this is that it can cause discomfort to some patients, and it’s only available on lighter (white) skin tones.

Little to No Downtime

Most Venus Viva™ treatments require you to maintain bare skin for 24 hours (meaning no makeup, harsh skin care products, etc.) to ensure the healing process begins promptly. Other than that, there is no downtime and you can return to daily activities as normal.

Effective for All Skin Types and Colors

Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing is an excellent improvement compared to laser resurfacing. It’s safe and effective for all skin types, ethnicities, and darker skin tones; whereas laser is only available for lighter skin tones.

Quick, Safe Treatment Option

Treatment sessions usually last up to 30 minutes. Most patients report a pain-free process and leave feeling cleansed, rejuvenated, and notice a plumper complexion.

Individualized Treatment Plans

With SmartScan technology, each treatment is aimed to best benefit the individual. Whether you have deep acne scars from the former use of harsh medications like Accutane, or simply want to tighten some trouble aging areas with stretch marks, the Venus Viva™ can be geared specifically to your skin needs.

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What Happens During a Treatment?

The first part of a Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing treatment is a thorough skin assessment. Your provider will talk to you about your main skin concerns and needs in order to understand your desired result of this treatment. From there, your treatment provider will explain your individual plan and the likely outcome.

Because this skin resurfacing treatment involves small pins that penetrate the skin, you’ll first be numbed with a topical anesthetic so you remain comfortable during the entire process. Then they use the handheld tool to apply the treatment. You may feel some warmth, mild scratchy sensation, or pressure.

At first, your skin may have some mild swelling visible on the surface or some redness. This is the body’s natural reaction to the process of healing the micro-damage. It means your skin is effectively responding to the treatment. Within the next few days, most of the redness will settle. You can go about your normal day immediately. Just be sure to avoid all skin products on the treated area for the first 24 hours.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Other than the initial swelling and redness, the side effects are so small the treatment often won’t come with any adverse reactions. Some people who might be extra sensitive may experience a little longer duration of redness or tenderness, but overall the Venus Viva™ process is safe for all skin types.

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Before and After Results via VenusConcept.com

To learn more about the incredible benefits of Venus Viva™, contact Wake Up Beautiful Spa today. Ask about our membership discounts where you can get monthly resurfacing facials designed specifically for you! You’ll be on your way to the most amazing, healthy skin of your life.

What is a Thread Lift?

The minimally invasive “facelift” option known as thread lifts became available in the 1990s and was curiously explored by beauty gurus as a safer option than facelift surgery. Back then, there were several risks and noticeable complications including common swelling and visible lumps under the facial skin after receiving a thread lift. The brief healing period after treatment was prone to infection and sometimes physical rejection of the threads. Luckily, though, as technology continues to improve, threads are now a whole new facial rejuvenation option in a much safer, more promising way. What is a thread lift with these new improvements and higher satisfaction rate?

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What is a Thread Lift and How Does It Work?

A thread lift is a type of cosmetic procedure that intends to lift and tighten the skin of the face, neck, jaw, or other areas of the body. The results are able to resemble the look of a surgical facelift, but without any incisions or removal of facial tissue. Compared to facelift surgery, threads are safe, low-cost, don’t require general anesthesia, and have a short recovery period. You can read more about the positive results in this article: Benefits of Thread Lifts.

The thread lift procedure is done by inserting temporary “threads” into the skin via long needles that are then carefully removed. The thread is lifted slightly and helps pull up sagging areas, causing a tighter, raised appearance. The threads also activate the body’s healing response, as it reacts to what it thinks is a foreign object under the skin. Therefore this process further encourages collagen stimulation, which helps the skin regenerate and maintain a plump, youthful complexion.

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How are Thread Lifts Better Now?

Since the introduction of PDO threads (polydioxanone threads), thread lift treatments have improved greatly. PDO threads are FDA approved and board-certified. They’re fairly small and are gentle on the body.

These same PDOs are also used in common medical operations like dental surgery and heart operations. They are designed to dissolve into the skin on their own within 6 months, leaving no scarring, residue, or harsh metal “anchor” behind. This is an ideal option when considering cosmetic enhancement procedures since it’s safe, and demands little to no downtime.

PDO threads can be completely smooth, or barbed. Barbed sutures help to grab onto the skin tissue in order to better lift excess skin in areas such as cheeks, chin, neck, and jowls. Smooth threads are more focused on collagen production overall, but can still be used in addition to barbed threads for a better effect.

How is a Thread Lift Done?

Only local anesthesia is used during thread lifts, which means areas of the skin being treated receive temporary numbing. There’s no unconsciousness or “going under” during this process, so the patient is even able to drive themselves home after.

The entire procedure takes about two hours at the very most. Sutures are injected with fine, coned needles. The PDO threads remain under the skin in the appropriate area of concern, instantly lifting and boosting collagen to the skin. Collagen is a primary factor in anti-aging and helps improve the condition of healthy skin.

Not only do thread lifts show instant results, but the quality of improvement can also be noticed long term. The PDOs won’t be felt after a few days of initial mild swelling and soreness, but they’ll still be working with the body’s natural response in a way that improves the lifted look.

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What is a Thread Lift Recovery Time?

As mentioned, the downtime after receiving thread lifts are quite short. Since there’s no general anesthesia the individual can resume daily tasks the day after. There’s no intense pain, scars to heal, or readjustment period as there would be with plastic surgery. Results are immediate and improve over the general two years that effects can be noticeable.

How much Does a Thread Lift Cost?

Every medical spa and professional esthetician will have different costs, but usually, this type of treatment costs anywhere from $1,200 to $5,000. Depending on the intensity of skin sagging or the number of thread placements you are looking for, prices vary. Talk to your thread lift technician about any questions or concerns you might have before deciding on the procedure. Although this is a new and improved low-risk treatment, there are still some possible risks and side effects to be aware of.

Overall, a thread lift is a wonderful option if you’re looking for improvement in troubled areas of the skin but don’t want to go through with a traditional face lift. You can reach out to plastic surgeons and professional aesthetic centers near you to see who can give you the best results. Do your research, ask questions, and look at before and after photos of the person you’re considering receiving threads from.

At Wake Up Beautiful Spa in Orange County, California, we pride ourselves in thorough, reputable thread lift results. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation for thread lift options!

Permanent Makeup vs Microblading

What is the difference between permanent makeup and microblading? Although these two treatments can offer similar results, there are distinct differences in both procedure and outcome. Let’s clear some of the confusion and see which one might be best for you: the full permanent makeup vs microblading explanation.

Permanent Makeup

When it comes to cosmetic makeup procedures, permanent makeup is the most popular and familiar. It also has the longest-standing reputation because it’s been around much longer than microblading.

Permanent makeup is a type of micropigmentation. Although it’s called Permanent makeup, the truth is it’s semi-permanent, usually fading after 1 to 3 years. This allows you to change or enhance various styles over time, so you’re not stuck with one look forever.

For eyebrows, permanent makeup can offer a variety of different looks to your preference. You can get a bold, powdered eyebrow look resembling how you’d apply makeup everyday. Or you can get a minimal, thinner, pencil brow appearance if you prefer.

A tattoo machine is used to insert pigment into the skin. However, since it’s designed to be used on the face, it’s less intense and doesn’t go as deep into the skin as normal tattoo machines.

The neat thing about permanent makeup is that it’s not just limited to eyebrows. Many clients choose to get permanent lip color, lip liner, and even eyeliner in addition to their brows.

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Pros and Cons of Permanent Makeup


  • Other than eyebrows, permanent makeup can be used on the eyelids and lips
  • Lasts 1 to 3 years
  • Minimal touch ups to maintain a beautiful airbrushed look
  • You can choose to go bold or minimal with your brow shape and shade


  • The procedure can be slightly uncomfortable
  • Natural fading over time

Best option for:

  • Anyone who wants an everyday powdered makeup look
  • Individuals looking for long-lasting results
  • Those interested in maintaining brow styles that suits their face
  • Anyone affected by medical conditions who can’t get microblading


Growing in popularity over recent years, Microblading is newer than permanent makeup. Although it falls under the permanent makeup umbrella, it involves fewer pigment molecules under the skin. Therefore, microblading tends to naturally fade within 9 months or so.

Another difference of permanent makeup vs microblading is that microblading is done by hand, not a machine. The technician uses a handheld tool that contains a small row of fine needles. The microblading artists uses this tool to carefully scratch fine, hairlike incisions into the brow line. These incisions are then filled with a pigment that matches your hair color. As a result, the brows obtain a natural, realistic look that resembles 3D eyebrow hair. 

This type of treatment recommends touchups. Since microblading is prone to natural fading after about 3 months, additional sessions will help maintain the appearance of the brows and hair strokes. 

With microblading, you can decide on a crisp, manicured look. Or you can a go with a more natural/bushy brow look. Some people prefer an ombre, glamorous look. Also, since it’s not a permanent result, you have the flexibility to change the shape and style as you wish. You can keep up with beauty trends as the years change, or you can try to go bolder, minimal, etc. depending on your preferences.

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Pros and Cons of Microblading


  • Obtain a vivid, natural look
  • You can decide what you want your eyebrow “hairs” to look like
  • Lasts 9 months to 2 years
  • You cannot tell anything was done to your brows– it looks real
  • Numbing cream is used, so you don’t feel pain from the small incisions
  • Time-savvy procedure: about one hour including consultation and topical numbing


  • Repeated sessions can become expensive
  • Pigment can fade over time, especially with oily skin types
  • Not recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions

Excellent option for:

  • More natural, realistic look
  • Those willing to follow up with maintenance sessions
  • Anyone who wants to be able to try different styles over time
  • Men or women with thinning eyebrows, fine hairs, balding, or past overplucking

Permanent Makeup vs Microblading: Which One Should I Choose?

Hopefully, by now you have a better understanding of what each procedure entails. Your professional permanent makeup or microblading technician should be familiar with both options. A great eyebrow artist will be eager to guide you in the direction that best suits your needs. 

If you want to have the appearance of dolled up brows every day without having to fuss with makeup or dyes, go with permanent makeup for eyebrows. There are some extremely talented artists out there who can make your brows look soft, bold, natural, or however you wish.

If you feel more confident with the appearance of actual hair on your eyebrows, consider microblading. This procedure requires a little more maintenance, but many clients are thrilled with how real their brows look and how beautiful it makes them feel. 

Can I Get Both Permanent Makeup and Microblading?

It doesn’t have to be permanent makeup vs microblading– it can be both! Some people even decide to combine these two procedures. Going for both gives the patient a completed, perfect look that can be sustained for years at a time with low maintenance. 

If you still have questions about which to choose, contact your local Orange County Medical Spa specialists at Wake Up Beautiful Spa.