Skin Rejuvenation

Latest update: April 11, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD
How it works


There are many types of non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments that can improve the appearance of the skin. Practitioners can often combine them for better results.

Treatments are selected based on skin type, specific cosmetic concerns, the severity of the condition being treated, and lifestyle requirements. Some treatments are more powerful and require more extended downtime, which may not be convenient. Other less invasive treatments have a short recovery but will need multiple sessions.

Treatment options include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling, PRP, laser 
treatments, and many more.

Chemical peels work by removing layers of the skin using various acids. The skin peels off to reveal brighter, smoother skin. With time, wrinkles are less apparent, and pores are minimized. Depending on your skin tolerance and goals, practitioners can adjust the  strength of the acid.

Microdermabrasion is physical exfoliating treatment. It uses a device with a rough surface or crystals to remove any dead skin on the face and suction it away. The 20-minute procedure does not require any anesthetic. It can even out the complexion, improve fine lines, and give an overall glow. 

Microneedling can improve wrinkles, brown spots, and scarring. It works by puncturing the skin with tiny needles to create controlled injuries. This encourages the skin to heal by producing collagen, giving it a fuller, more youthful complexion.

PRP or Vampire Facial uses platelet-rich plasma from the patient's blood to rejuvenate the skin. Practitioners either apply it topically to the skin or inject it into the deeper layers. This procedure also encourages collagen production. 

Laser skin resurfacing heats up the skin using particular wavelengths of light based on the target. The type of laser used also depends on the patient's skin type and concerns.

Non-ablative lasers can treat moderate sun damage. They heat the deeper tissue without damaging the skin's surface. Ablative lasers remove the topmost layer of skin while heating the dermis to treat more significant damage. Fractionated lasers break up the beams for a gentler treatment and shorter downtime.

IPLs can treat brown spots from sun damage and broken vessels from rosacea. It can also remove hair, shrink pores, and lighten the skin.

Radiofrequency energy is known for its collagen-boosting benefits. It helps tighten the tissue and enhance collagen production for lasting results.
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Which Is Better, a Chemical Peel or Laser Skin Resurfacing? | Dr. Angela Sturm

Dr. Angela Sturm, a facial plastic surgeon, gives her opinion on what is better; a chemical peel or Laser Skin Resurfacing. She talks about the reason for the treatment and about how that can make a difference as to what is better. She explains the similarities between the two procedures and the differences. She discusses goals and longevity of effects. She covers aftercare and results.

Vampire Facial? We tried Microneedling with PRP! | The SASS with Susan and Sharzad

The SASS tries Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma. Sharzad Kiadeh and Susan Yara headed to Beverly Hills to talk to Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Grace Lee Peng about Microneedling with PRP. Dr. Nassif explains how the treatment works and Dr. Peng talks through the reasons why people use this treatment. They explain the process and talk about pain and discomfort levels. Sharzad and Susan try the facial. Will the results live up to the hype?