People who seek cosmetic treatments encounter terms like “skin rejuvenation” and “skin resurfacing”. Despite how some use these terms, they are not interchangeable. Rejuvenating the skin involves anything that makes you look better. On the other hand, skin resurfacing is a treatment or procedure your dermatologist will perform to give your skin a rejuvenated appearance.

What Is Skin Rejuvenation?

Various resurfacing techniques can be applied when you go for skin rejuvenation in Los Angeles. There are many rejuvenation strategies, some we can help with and some you can manage yourself because skin rejuvenation refers to anything that helps improve the look of your skin. Injectable products such as Botox and Juvederm, plus various dermal fillers, fall into this category.

You can also try topical products like retinol. There’s even a vitamin C serum that can help. However, healthy lifestyle habits can rejuvenate your skin just as effectively, or even more so. Limiting sun exposure is the top lifestyle change that can help. Even using a low SPF sunscreen for daily activities can decrease lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation enough to protect your skin, its genes, and cells. The same goes for whether you are sunbathing or playing outdoor sports.

Exposure to the sun ages your skin faster. Sunscreen, protective clothing, antioxidants, topical retinol, and avoiding sunburns can help. Other ways to protect your skin include avoiding tanning beds, which emit extremely harmful UVA rays and eating a healthy diet. Antioxidant-rich foods are especially good for keeping your skin nourished and healthy.

Skin Resurfacing

A type of skin rejuvenation, skin resurfacing is when layers of skin cells and debris are physically removed. Some cosmetic procedures focus on the surface while others go deeper, which may require a longer recovery time and higher risk. Taking advantage of a natural process called desquamation, or shedding of the outermost layer of skin, these techniques include:

  • Chemical Peels: An acid, such as glycolic acid, is used to peel away the skin’s uppermost layers. It is applied at a dermatologist’s office over eight to ten treatments, each one a few weeks following the last. Although it does not treat deep wrinkles, a chemical peel can diminish fine lines and discolorations. Treatment does not require any recovery time.
  • Laser Resurfacing: A dermatologist can manage the intensity and depth of laser treatment to control how much skin to remove. Anesthesia is typically used to improve comfort. Lighter treatments can often be chosen over a single deeper one, and laser skin resurfacing can permanently reduce fine lines, moderately deep wrinkles, and excess pigment. To maintain skin appearance, avoid sun exposure and use skincare products your dermatologist recommends.
  • Microdermabrasion: Aluminum oxide crystals, diamonds, or other abrasive materials are used to sort of sandblast the skin. The particulates are then vacuumed up. Treatments are often performed in a series of five to ten, up to two weeks apart. Sometimes, microdermabrasion is used in conjunction with chemical peeling for more effective results.

The Most Effective Method

Consult with your dermatologist as to which method is most suited for you. The best treatment depends on your skin type, tone, and the desired results. Laser & Dermatology Institute offers many types of skin rejuvenation services in Southern California. You can find us at three office locations—LDI of Los Angeles, LDI of Covina, and LDI of Newport Beach. If you’re looking for the best dermatologist in Los Angeles and to improve your skin, book an appointment today by calling 866-809-1102 or using our online self-scheduler.