What is Skin Resurfacing?

If you feel self-conscious about visible signs of aging, sun damage, acne scarring, melasma, or other skin conditions affecting your appearance, skin resurfacing may be right for you. Here at Synergy Face + Body in Raleigh, NC, we offer advanced skin resurfacing treatments to help refresh and rejuvenate your skin.

How Does Skin Resurfacing Work?

Skin resurfacing treatments work by removing the outer damaged layers of skin, promoting new collagen production, and revealing fresh, healthy skin below. There are two main types of skin resurfacing procedures:

Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Ablative treatments involve “wounding” the skin by using laser, chemical peels, dermabrasion or other methods. These treatments remove the outer and middle layers of skin, which stimulates your body’s natural healing process. As the treated area heals, increased collagen production helps improve skin tone and texture.


Ablative resurfacing treatments typically require some downtime for proper healing but provide more dramatic results.

Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Non-ablative treatments are gentler than ablative resurfacing. They usually use a combination of light therapy, radiofrequency energy, ultrasound energy or other techniques to target the deeper layers of skin while keeping the surface of skin intact.

There is little to no downtime with non-ablative skin resurfacing. Results tend to develop gradually over time and you may require multiple treatments.

The Benefits of Skin Resurfacing

There are many benefits possible from professional skin resurfacing based on your individual needs and goals. Potential benefits include:

  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin texture and tone
  • Reduce appearance of acne scars
  • Fade dark spots and melasma
  • Decrease visible signs of sun damage and aging
  • Refine enlarged pores
  • Restore a healthy, youthful glow

With continued skin care maintenance between sessions, skin resurfacing results can be long-lasting.

Skin Resurfacing Candidates

The best candidates for skin resurfacing have these qualities:

  • In general good health
  • Realistic expectations for treatments
  • Specific skin damage or imperfections to address
  • Willingness to follow pre and post treatment care

Skin resurfacing is suitable for adult men and women who are bothered by moderate signs of skin aging, sun damage, scarring, discoloration and more.

If you are pregnant, nursing or have a history of abnormal scarring, it’s best to avoid resurfacing treatments. We can recommend alternative treatments.

FAQs About Skin Resurfacing

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about skin resurfacing:

What Kinds Of Resurfacing Does Synergy Offer?

We offer a variety of ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing treatments including:

  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Fractional laser skin resurfacing
  • Fractional radiofrequency skin tightening
  • BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy
  • Laser genesis skin therapy

We customize every treatment plan based on your skin assessment and what you wish to achieve.

What Results Can I Expect From Treatment?

It depends on your skin condition and goals, but you can expect to see gradual improvement in your skin’s overall appearance. Most clients notice significant improvements after 2-4 treatment sessions spaced 3-6 weeks apart. Maintaining results requires commitment to ongoing skin care and sun protection.

How Long Is Recovery After Treatment?

Recovery time varies based on whether we use ablative or non-ablative methods. For ablative resurfacing, expect 5 to 21 days for the treatment area to heal. Non-ablative methods cause minimal downtime – most patients resume normal activity immediately. We will provide complete pre and post treatment instructions.

Does Skin Resurfacing Treatment Hurt?

We do everything possible to maximize your comfort. Topical anesthetics, cooling devices and other techniques allow us to deliver treatments with little to no pain. Most patients describe sessions as relaxing and comfortable.

Don’t hesitate to ask us any other questions about skin resurfacing or skin care in general. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals!

Contact Synergy Face + Body for a Consultation

If you’re interested in skin resurfacing, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at Synergy Face + Body in Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 297-8734 or visit our website to book your visit. 

We look forward to learning about your skin care needs!