Skin Rejuvenation vs. Skin Resurfacing

It may seem difficult and confusing to choose the right skin treatment for your needs. These days there are many different cosmetic treatments available which can improve the overall look and feel of your skin, whether age spots, wrinkles, acne, or other imperfections are a concern for you.

There’s a key difference between “skin rejuvenation” and “skin resurfacing “. Here’s an overview of what each of these treatments means:

Skin Rejuvenation

Skin rejuvenation simply refers to anything you do to your skin to make it look better. Skin rejuvenation can be achieved from the inside by having healthy foods and supplements, or from the outside by using topical skincare and cosmetic procedures. Retinols and vitamin C serums are the two main topical products used for skin rejuvenation. In addition to topical products, there are many non surgical treatments, such as skin tightening using radio frequency or laser, IPLs, and chemical peels to improve the overall look of the skin. While all these cosmetic treatments can certainly improve signs of previous damage, such as sun spots, and premature wrinkles, choosing the right lifestyle changes can help to prevent additional signs of skin damage from happening in the future. In this case, the most important lifestyle change to rejuvenate your skin is LIMITING SUN EXPOSURE.

Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing is a type of skin rejuvenation which involves removing layers of built up skin cells and debris. This procedure accelerates your skin’s natural process of desquamation. Examples of skin resurfacing are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, micro laser peels, micro needling. The depth of resurfacing determines the results and each treatment has different depth of epidermis dead skin removal as well as different downtime. For example, chemical peels are more superficial with no downtime, as well as microdermabrasion. Micro laser peels or micro needling treatments remove thicker layers of skin and have more downtime, but achieve more visible results. In order to treat deeper wrinkles, you need resurfacing treatments that go deeper into the dermal layer.

How to choose the right procedure for your skin?

In general, there are various skin rejuvenation treatments that could help with the improvement of specific skin conditions. Wrinkles can be smoothed away with injectables, topical creams, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. Acne scars usually respond well to laser resurfacing and micro needling. For sun spots and other pigmentations, IPLs, laser treatments, and high quality skin brightening serums can help to brighten the skin’s appearance, and skin resurfacing can help to even skin tone and texture. The most effective method could be a combination of both skin rejuvenation and resurfacing, based on the skin type and concern.

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