Skin resurfacing can be accomplished through different techniques.  inlcuding chemical peels, later treatments, dermaplaning, and dermabrasion.  Your physician may recommend a specific method, or choose to use a combination of chemicals for your procedure, tailoring the treatment specifically to your skin type and its needs.

Chemical peels can treat wrinkles and fine lines, freckles and spots, mild scarring, certain types of acne, pre-cancerous keratoses and scaling patches. They involve applying a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of skin and allow newer layers to replace the old ones. The deeper a peel penetrates, the more profound the results but the more lengthy the recovery period.

Laser skin resurfacing can treat deeper wrinkles and improve the appearance of acne scars or skin discolorations and remove pre-cancerous keratoses. In addition, this treatment is useful in treating unwanted tattoos and scarring caused by chicken pox or injuries.

Dermaplaning is a similar treatment but involves deeper planing of skin, which is used for crater-like scars.

Dermabrasion penetrates much deeper than chemical peels and the skimming of the outer layers of skin to the dermis layer causes the skin to produce collagen.