Skin Resurfacing Best For:
- Sun damage & uneven pigmentation
- Fine lines
- Rough skin texture
- Acne scaring
Procedure Time:15 min – 1 hour
Results:6 – 12 months
Individuals with a dull, rough, or mottled complexion can benefit from microdermabrasion or chemical peels. These treatments enhance skin quality by encouraging cellular turnover and promoting circulation, which results in softer, renewed skin with better tone and texture. After just one session, you will notice a visible improvement in your skin’s brightness, clarity, and overall health.
The Derm Group uses an advanced skin analysis system to determine your skin’s unique needs before developing a customized treatment plan. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists, call (973) 571-2121.
Understanding Your Treatment
Skin resurfacing treatments rely on either physical exfoliation (microdermabrasion) or chemical exfoliation (chemical peels) to remove superficial layers of the epidermis and encourage cellular renewal and collagen production. At The Derm Group, each procedure is carefully administered by either a physician, physician’s assistant, or trained medical aesthetician for increased safety and comfort.
Which skin resurfacing procedure is right for me?
Depending on your individual concerns and intended level of improvement, either microdermabrasion or a chemical peel may be recommended. Microdermabrasion is frequently used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, scars, acne, dark spots, and even stretch marks. Chemical peels can correct several of the same concerns – including dark spots, wrinkles, and acne – but are also very effective for sun-damaged skin, rosacea, and skin laxity. During your initial consultation, you will be evaluated by one of our board-certified physicians and he or she will suggest the appropriate mode of treatment.
What happens during treatment?
Although both microdermabrasion and chemical peels address the outer layers of the skin, they differ in their delivery method. During a chemical peel, a topical solution such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is applied directly to freshly-cleansed skin. This solution can vary in strength to produce a mild, moderate or deep peel, and may be left on the skin for 10 minutes or more, depending on the type of peel used. Most patients experience a warming or tingling sensation within the first 10 minutes of application, which is not usually painful. A local anesthetic may also be used prior to deep chemical peels for enhanced comfort. After the solution has been allowed to penetrate the skin, a neutralizing agent is applied and the chemical peel is removed.
Microdermabrasion is a slightly more aggressive treatment since it physically refines the outer layers of the skin’s surface. During the procedure, dirt, oil, and makeup are first removed. Next, a hand-held device emitting a fine spray of very small crystals is pressed against the skin. These particles create a “buffing” effect by gently breaking apart dead skin cells and removing imperfections. Most people are very comfortable during the procedure, and liken the experience to a mild facial massage. Microdermabrasion treatments generally last about 30 minutes.
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What are the side effects?
Side effects will vary between the different treatments. Mild to moderate chemical peels generally cause reactions similar to a sunburn, including light skin redness and flaking for 2 to 4 days. Deeper peels can produce more intense flaking, rawness and redness that may last for several weeks. Microdermabrasion generally causes skin redness for about an hour after treatment.
How do I care for my skin after treatment?
After skin resurfacing, our physicians generally suggest that you avoid sun exposure. A full-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection is also recommended to protect your sensitive new skin. Your aesthetician may prescribe skin care products to help your skin renew itself quickly.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of sessions needed varies by treatment and individual concerns. Typically, a series of 6 microdermabrasion treatments is recommended for full results. Mild to moderate chemical peels may require subsequent treatments every few months to maintain the effects. Deep chemical peels do not need to be repeated as often since they provide more dramatic results that may last for a year or more.
What else can I do to improve my skin?
Individuals considering skin resurfacing procedures may also be good candidates for laser skin resurfacing or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments. The Derm Group also offers a variety of professional skin care products to keep your skin looking healthy before, during, and after treatment.