skin resurfacing

Skin resurfacing includes many different techniques performed in a dermatologist’s office in order to reveal the younger, underlying layers of skin and encourage skin growth and health at the same time. The techniques used for the best skin resurfacing in San Diego, CA, are similar because they all aim to reduce signs of stress and aging like scars, discoloration, wrinkles, and spots. Here are some of the different resurfacing techniques commonly used to achieve this goal.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing in San Diego, CA, is a popular technique because it yields great results with low risk. There are two types of lasers used for this technique, non-ablative and ablative lasers. Ablative lasers remove the outer layers of skin to encourage new skin to heal in its place. Non-ablative lasers don’t break the skin’s surface and work by heating the underlying skin to encourage collagen growth. Laser resurfacing can minimize wrinkles and fine lines, treat discoloration, remove scars, and tighten the skin.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are also used to remove the outer layer of skin in order to reveal the healthier skin underneath. A chemical solution is placed on the skin for a certain amount of time. During the following days, the skin gradually peels away to reduce or remove discoloration, fine lines, and scars. Chemical peels also help tighten the skin and brighten the complexion. You can choose between light or deep chemical peels depending on your skin type and the issues you’re hoping to address, with advice from the dermatologist.


Microdermabrasion is one of the gentler ways to resurface the skin. It’s basically a way to thoroughly exfoliate the skin using an instrument that applies a fine mist of abrasive particles. The dead skin is removed easily and quickly, and the brighter skin underneath becomes more visible. It can also minimize the appearance of fine lines, scars, and age spots.


Microneedling makes tiny injuries using short, fine needles in order to trigger the skin’s healing response. The healing response promotes collagen and elastin growth and speeds up new skin cell growth. This can help reduce large pores, reduce fine lines and scars, treat problems with skin texture, and address pigmentation problems from sun damage or age.