Skin Resurfacing Solutions

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The glow of youth — Father Time and Mother Nature will naturally take it, but there are numerous cosmetic procedures to slow and reverse these universal forces.

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The Skinny

Skin cells are some of the fastest growing cells in the body. We shed hundreds of thousands of skin cells from the outer layer of skin a day regardless of skin type or skin tone. Sun damage and sun exposure, age spots, fine lines, acne scars, and damaged skin can produce abnormalities of skin texture, including rough and bumpy skin, large pores, and dull skin (learn more in our complete guide to Uneven Skin Texture Concerns). Cosmetic procedures like laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or exfoliating techniques can promote new collagen, activate the body’s healing process, and create a freshly rejuvenated new skin appearance.


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The Specifics

Who may consider procedures to resurface and retexturize their skin?

Uneven skin surface and skin texture can be caused by genetics, age spots, sun damage, acne scars, aging, excessive oil production, and the list goes on. To get a better idea of your unique concern, a general overview of subcategories is below:

  • Rough & Bumpy Skin: The appearance of rough and bumpy skin can create a prematurely aged look. Aging, sun damage, and scarring are typically the main causes of rough/bumpy skin.
  • Dull Skin: A bright, glowing complexion is a major component of a healthy and youthful appearance. Skin can become dull from temporary issues like stress, poor sleep, and dehydration. Accumulation of skin damage and aging can also create a dull complexion.
  • Large Pores: Most commonly associated with oily skin types, large pores can also occur as we age secondary to collagen and elastin breakdown.

What can you expect from skin resurfacing and retexturizing procedures?

There is an extensive range of resurfacing and retexturizing procedures varying in scope and intensity. The brief outlines below can provide a better idea of which procedure may be best for you.

  • Chemical Peels: There are three different levels of chemical peels, superficial, medium, and deep. The intensity of the peel utilized by your provider will be dependent on your unique skin concern.
  • Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion: This precise and localized technique can address a specific area of concern or the entire face depending on need.
  • Dermaplaning: This procedure provides a close shave of the top layers of skin to remove dead and damaged cells.
  • Facials: A classic. Facials remove the bad and promote the good.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing: Heat and light therapy in laser treatments can be targeted or spread over the facial area to address dead and damaged skin.
  • Microneedling: Tiny pinpricks to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
  • Topical Medication: A dermatologist prescribed medication can help to encourage new cellular production.

More invasive procedures will typically produce more dramatic and lasting results with increased side effects. All of the above procedures usually require regular maintenance therapy for sustained results.

When should you consider skin resurfacing procedures?

In the case of skin resurfacing procedures, it can be beneficial to address concerns sooner rather than later. Many causes of uneven skin texture are cumulative meaning they worsen over time. Early interventions can produce better results faster.

Why should you consider skin resurfacing procedures?

Makeup can only go so far, and trialing skincare products is expensive, exhausting, and time consuming. If you’re looking for a longer lasting and more significant solution, a professional skin resurfacing procedure with a plastic surgeon can create your ideal aesthetic.

Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing for Uneven Skin Texture

A heat and light show for dead and damaged skin cells.

Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing for Uneven Skin Texture

A less aggressive heat and light spectacular for dead and damaged skin cells.

Chemical Peels for Uneven Skin Texture

Professional chemical peels come in various concentrations and acid combinations to improve skin texture.

Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion for Uneven Skin Texture

While dermabrasion is considered a surgical procedure and microdermabrasion is a gentle dead skin slougher, they both precise exfoliation with a magic wand.

Dermaplaning for Uneven Skin Texture

A straight razor shave for your entire face — whether you have a beard or not.

Microneedling for Uneven Skin Texture

Essentially a controlled acupuncture for your face, microneedling stimulates collagen production to smooth skin texture.

Facials for Uneven Skin Texture

Sure, a facial can't provide long-lasting texture correction, it does offer a quick fix for brighter, clearer, smoother skin.

Topical Medication for Uneven Skin Texture

Topicals are usually prescribed by a dermatologist, and their use is carefully monitored to ensure minimal adverse reactions.

The Takeaway

All skin types can experience the effects of sun damage, acne scars, age spots, and skin damage. Fortunately, all skin types can also benefit from one of numerous cosmetic procedures to restore skin texture and appearance. If the over the counter skincare products don’t cut it anymore, a cosmetic skin resurfacing procedure can provide a significant and lasting solution.

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  1. American Academy of Dermatology Association Chemical Peels: Overview
  2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Skin Tightening
  3. American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report; 2019-01-01


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