Skin Resurfacing

A skin resurfacing treatment aims to rejuvenate skin for a healthier, younger-looking complexion, but what is it?

Product Recommendation for Skin Resurfacing Treatments: Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology®

Skin Resurfacing


A skin resurfacing treatment aims to rejuvenate skin for a healthier, younger-looking complexion. During this type of skin treatment, a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or skin professional will administer the removal and remodeling of damaged skin. In doing so, the skin is placed in a controlled "wounded state" in order to encourage elastin and collagen production and reveal new, healthier looking skin. Common non-surgical skin resurfacing procedures include Chemical Peels and Lasers.

Common Skin Concerns

These skin resurfacing procedures are non-surgical and typically involve minimal healing time. The following are some of the most common skin concerns that skin resurfacing aims to treat:

  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines: Facial wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, especially as a result of sun damage.
  • Pigmentation: Age spots, brown spots, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation (irregular pigmentation).
  • Sagging Skin: Loose facial skin, especially around the eyelid area.
  • Loss of Firmness: Flat skin texture, especially as a result of weakened elastin and collagen production.
  • Scarring: Acne scars or injury-related scarring.

When considering a skin resurfacing procedure, it’s important to also take procedure skin care into consideration. At ALASTIN, our professional procedure enhancement skincare products are specifically designed for pre- and post-procedure care to enhance patient's treatment results. Our procedure products are formulated with TriHex Technology® to support the process of restoring and rebuilding skin to help promote faster healing. To support chemical peel and laser procedures, we recommend Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology®.

Regenerating Skin Nectar

  • Prepares skin prior to a procedure and helps maximize procedure results.
  • Calms post-procedure skin and reduces the appearance of redness.
  • Helps reduce downtime and provides symptomatic relief.
  • Patented TriHex Technology® supports the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen.

Consult with a doctor or skincare professional to see if a skin resurfacing procedure is right for you.

How Different Types of Skin Resurfacing Procedures Work

There are a few skin resurfacing treatment options available, including different types of chemical peels and laser resurfacing treatments. We've outlined some of the most common procedures below:

A chemical peel is an aesthetic treatment designed to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, décolleté or hands. Depending on the treatment, a peel will often be classified as light, medium, or deep. This classification refers to how deep the peel penetrates in the layers of skin. The skin resurfacing procedure uses a chemical solution that is applied to the skin to cause exfoliation and eventually peeling over the days to follow.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel:

  • Lighten or eliminate dark spots, discoloration.
  • Smooth fine lines & wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
  • Improve acne or milder scars.
  • Improve skin tone, texture, and brighten the complexion.

Chemical Peels

Types of Chemical Peels:

  • Superficial or Light Peel: Mild acid (such as alpha hydroxy) or enzymes are used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and smooth skin texture, as well as to refresh the skin on the face, neck, chest, or hands. There is typically no physical “peeling” or downtime with peels in this category.
  • Medium Peel: Uses a slightly stronger blend of acids which penetrates the outer and middle layers of underlying skin to eliminate damaged skin cells. The treatment addresses age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and skin discoloration. Patients can typically expect 3-5 days of peeling.
  • Deep Peel: Utilizes the strongest concentrations of acids (Trichloroacetic acid or phenol) which is applied to penetrate more deeply into the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment targets moderate lines and wrinkles, dark spots, acne, and mild scarring. This peel provides the greatest improvement in skin appearance and has the most amount of down time needed for recovery. Patients can typically expect 5-10 days of peeling depending on the depth of the peel.

After the initial healing period from a chemical peel, patients will see some early improvements such as tighter-feeling skin, even skin tone and a brighter complexion. With the lighter-medium peels, repeat treatments periodically are often recommended for optimal outcomes.

There are hundreds of different technologies currently available to address the visible signs of skin aging. One such technology is the Laser, which stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Lasers use highly concentrated beams of light energy, and when used for resurfacing, remove the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. Simultaneously, the laser energy heats the underlying skin called the dermis, and together this procedure will improve the skin’s overall tone and texture to reduce facial wrinkles, dark spots, blemishes and even some scars.

Benefits of a Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment:

  • Reduce or minimize lines or wrinkles.
  • Reduce appearance of brown spots, redness or discoloration.
  • Even out skin tone.
  • Facial skin tightening.
  • Stimulate collagen production.
  • Minimize acne or surgical scars.

Laser Treatment

Types of Laser Treatments for the Face:

Ablative Lasers: Ablative lasers remove outer layers of skin, called the epidermis, and encourage new skin to regenerate in its place. The depth of laser penetration will depend on the wavelength of the light. Fractionated ablative lasers are being used more frequently because they break up the laser energy into thousands of tiny beams to treat only a small fraction of the skin in the area, which reduces downtime by not completely removing the outer layers of the skin. The improvements from laser resurfacing are long-lasting and dramatic, but they can appear gradually over time as healing and new collagen regeneration take place. It can take many months before you see the final results from the procedure. There is typically some downtime with these procedures that can range from 3-10 days depending on the type of procedure performed.

Non-Ablative Lasers: A non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation treatment uses a laser to improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots and minimal or superficial scars by creating heat in the skin without injuring the top layer of the skin. The heat generated by the resurfacing laser promotes collagen production which causes the skin to contract and tighten for a younger and healthier appearance. Non-ablative lasers can also be fractionated, meaning they deliver heat into the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones with normal untreated skin in the surrounding areas. Fractionated lasers allow the skin to heal much faster, reduce the recovery time, and reduce the number of complications that can potentially occur. Oftentimes, multiple sessions are required for optimal results, though there is typically no downtime with non-ablative laser procedures. The skin may experience redness, appear pink, and have a sand-paper type texture for a few days. If you are concerned about the redness, read our blog on how to reduce redness after laser treatment.

The Importance of Skin Resurfacing Procedure Skincare

Consult with a doctor or skincare professional for more information on healing time and efficacy for your skin type. For patients interested in skin rejuvenation or another cosmetic procedure, make sure to utilize pre-treatment skincare two weeks prior to the scheduled procedure date to maximize procedure results and minimize downtime.

Contact your physician today to find out which skin resurfacing treatment is right for you.

Enhance Skin Resurfacing Results With Regenerating Skin Nectar

Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® is clinically proven to enhance Fractional Laser Resurfacing results:

  • Prepares skin prior to a procedure to optimize results.
  • Calms post-procedure skin and helps reduce downtime.
  • Patented TriHex Technology® helps support the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen, helps preserve your procedure results.

Regimen & Procedure: All patients began using the basic skincare regimen to their entire face (CeraVe Cleansing Lotion, CeraVe Cream, and Neutrogena Ultrasheer SPF 30). The Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® was applied to a randomized side of the face twice daily until their next scheduled appointment, at least two weeks from the pretreatment visit. The procedure was hybrid fractional laser resurfacing using non ablative and ablative wavelengths of 1470 and 2940 nm, respectively (Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser, Sciton, Inc, Palo Alto, CA). Reference: Nelson AM, Oriz AE. Effects of anhydrous gel with TriHex peptides on healing after hyrbrid laser resurfacing. J Cosmet Dermatol 2020; 00:1-5.

Expert Opinion: Prepping Skin For A Procedure

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