What is Skin Resurfacing and Who Can It Help?

Types of Skin Resurfacing Treatments That Work Wonders on the Skin

on December 30, 2019

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. 

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. 

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. 

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!



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