Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing

While cosmetic surgeons are able to produce remarkable alterations with surgery, there are a multitude of procedures that enhance and rejuvenate the appearance of the skin without surgery.

Some examples include:

  • Laser treatments – Lasers can be used to resurface the entire face, or select areas to activate collagen production, revealing a new layer of refreshed and rejuvenated skin.
  • Mechanical/Non-laser procedures – Intense pulse light (IPL) can be used to remove discolored skin pigmentation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles; microdermabrasion uses a mild abrasive to remove the outermost layer of skin.
  • Chemical treatments – Like laser treatments, chemical peels can be used to remove a layer of skin from the face, using newly-created collagen to rejuvenate the look and feel of the skin.
  • Fillers and injections – Fillers and neuromodulators can help fill fine lines, add volume to areas where facial aging has occurred, create beautiful anatomic accents, and relax muscles that create or add to wrinkles and frown lines. These are these most common procedure performed in all aspects of cosmetic surgery.

While each of these procedures have similar goals, each approach has specific benefits and targets particular issues. Your cosmetic surgeon can help you determine which treatment options would be best to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Who Is a Candidate for Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing?

  • A person who is in good overall health
  • A person who wishes to significantly improve the appearance of the skin without surgery
  • A person who is willing to tolerate the short-term discomfort (in some cases) as the skin heals

Who Is Not a Candidate for Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing?

  • A person who has health issues that would impact their body’s ability to heal
  • A person who is not in good overall health
  • A person who is taking certain medications that may interact with the planned treatment

Intended Results of Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing

Each procedure has specific outcome expectations and those expectations will also vary by individual patients. In general skin rejuvenation and resurfacing procedures provide:

  • Even skin tone - improved appearance of spots and pigmentation
  • Smooth even texture – improvement of minor scars and other textural inconsistencies
  • Removal or greatly diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fuller facial features (As a result of more collagen)
  • A glowing, rejuvenated appearance

Options for Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

Are you considering Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing? Visit our Find a Surgeon Directory to find a highly-qualified cosmetic surgeon near you.

Reviewed by J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and skincare in Lafayette, Louisiana.