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If your skin is showing age from wrinkles, fine lines, scars, spots, or sun damage, you may want to consider a skin resurfacing treatment in San Diego, CA. These treatments remove the outer, damaged layers of skin to both reveal newer skin underneath and boost collagen production for firmer, brighter skin. There are numerous resurfacing treatments to choose from with varying results. Here’s a guide to help you decide what cosmetic dermatology resurfacing treatment is right for you.

Chemical Peel

One way to reveal the underlying layers of skin is to use a chemical solution on the skin that causes the skin to gradually peel away. You can choose a light peel, which will reach partway through the outer layer of skin. There’s hardly any downtime required with a light peel. A deeper peel goes through the skin to the underlying dermis layer. This type of peel is more likely to address more advanced problems, like severe acne scars, sun damage, and deeper wrinkles. That also means that deeper peels are a more advanced procedure that require some downtime while the skin heals.


Microdermabrasion is a gentle option for minor skin resurfacing. It uses a fine-tipped instrument to apply a mist of abrasive particles to exfoliate the skin. This procedure can minimize the appearance of fine lines and some mild acne scars and age spots. It can also improve the effectiveness of skincare products and will improve the overall tone of the skin. This is a non-invasive procedure that’s safe for all types of skin.


Dermabrasion is a similar procedure, but it’s more powerful than microdermabrasion because the skin is actually removed layer by layer. This not only helps remove visible problems like acne scars, facial wrinkles, and other blemishes, but it also encourages new cell growth. This procedure is a little more invasive than microdermabrasion, so the skin may feel raw after the treatment and will require care to ensure there’s no infection.


Microneedling is a little different than the other resurfacing treatments because it uses the body’s healing processes to address skin imperfections. The microneedling tool contains numerous short, thin needles that create tiny injuries to the skin. These aren’t possible to see, but they still encourage the skin’s natural healing response, which includes the production of new elastic and collagen so that new skin cells will be produced. This can help treat sun damage, large pores, scars, fine lines, and pigmentation problems.

Laser skin resurfacing

Laser Resurfacing  

Lasers are another option for skin resurfacing in San Diego, CA. There are a few different options with laser resurfacing that you should understand. Ablative lasers use strong bursts of light that will cause the skin to peel away, revealing the new skin underneath. This procedure has more dramatic results for deep wrinkles, acne scars, and age spots. These results can last for years. There is a recovery time of about 2 weeks as the skin heals.

Non-ablative lasers target the underlying skin to stimulate a healing process. The immediate results of non-ablative lasers are subtler, and the improvements may take a few months to appear.

Fractional laser treatments use a combination of ablative and non-ablative lasers to address wrinkles and pigmentation irregularities. If you’re unsure which skin resurfacing treatment is right for you, be sure to call Academic & Aesthetic Dermatology Consultants today to learn which method will address your needs and be safest for your skin type.