The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Skin Resurfacing Method

Skin Resurfacing by Thrive Aesthetics and Wellness in MONROE, GA

Skin resurfacing has become popular for those looking to rejuvenate their skin with various concerns, such as wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin tone. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the suitable method. This guide aims to simplify the process by breaking down the most common skin resurfacing treatments, their benefits, and what to expect.

Understanding Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing involves removing layers of skin to promote the growth of new, good skin cells. This can be achieved through various methods with unique approaches and benefits. The goal is to have a good look of the overall texture and look of the skin, making it smoother, clearer, and more youthful.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most advanced and effective methods available. It uses concentrated light beams to remove damaged skin cells and stimulate collagen production. There are two main kinds of laser treatments: ablative and non-ablative.

Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Ablative lasers remove the layers (outer) of the skin, providing dramatic results but requiring a longer recovery time. This method treats deep wrinkles, scars, and severe sun damage. It can take several weeks to heal fully, but the results are often worth the wait.

Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Non-ablative lasers function by heating the underlying skin tissue without damaging the surface. This method requires less downtime and effectively treats skin issues like fine lines and minor discoloration. While the results may be less dramatic than ablative treatments, the shorter recovery time makes it a popular choice for many.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the top layers to peel away. This process reveals fresher, more youthful skin underneath. Chemical peels have various strengths, from mild to profound, allowing for customization based on individual skin concerns and desired results.

Superficial Peels

Superficial peels refresh the skin with minimal downtime. They are often used to improve the appearance of fine lines, acne, and minor pigmentation issues. These peels usually cause slight redness and flaking for a few days.

Medium Peels

Medium peels go deeper into the skin, effectively treating more significant wrinkles, scars, and sun damage. The recovery time is longer, with more noticeable peeling and redness lasting up to a week or more.

Deep Peels

Deep peels produce the most dramatic results and require the longest recovery period. They are suitable for severe skin issues such as deep wrinkles and pronounced scars. Although the skin may take several weeks to heal, the results can be transformative.


Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals or a diamond-tipped wand to exfoliate the skin. This method removes dead skin cells, promoting the growth of new, healthy skin. It’s a gentle option that requires no downtime, making it perfect for those with busy schedules.


Dermabrasion is an intensive procedure compared to microdermabrasion. It involves using a rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of skin. This method effectively treats deeper scars, wrinkles, and sun damage. Due to its intensity, dermabrasion requires a longer recovery period and should be performed by a qualified professional.


Microneedling uses fine needles to puncture the skin. This approach stimulates the body’s natural healing response, producing elastin and collagen. Microneedling can improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. It typically has minimal downtime, with most people experiencing redness and swelling for a few days.

Radiofrequency (RF) Treatments

Radiofrequency treatments use energy waves to heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production. This method is non-invasive and effective for tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles. RF approaches are ideal for all skin types and have minimal downtime, making them a convenient option for many.

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to penetrate deep into the skin, promoting collagen production and tightening it. It is a non-invasive method that requires no downtime. This treatment is often used to lift and firm the skin on the face and neck, providing a subtle but noticeable improvement.

What to Expect During and After Treatment

During the procedure, patients may experience a sensation like a rubber band snapping against the skin. A topical anesthetic minimizes discomfort. The approach typically lasts 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the part being treated.

After the procedure, it’s normal to experience redness and swelling, similar to a sunburn. These symptoms usually subside within a week. As the skin heals, it will peel, revealing fresh, new skin underneath. It’s crucial to follow post-treatment care instructions provided by your clinician to ensure the best results and prevent complications.

Long-Term Benefits

One significant advantage of AcuPulse CO2 laser treatment is the longevity of its results. While some improvement is visible within weeks, the skin continues to improve for up to six months post-treatment. Proper skincare and sun protection can last up to two years, making it a worthwhile investment in your skin’s health and appearance.

Choosing the Right Treatment

Selecting the right skin resurfacing method depends on your skin concerns, goals, and lifestyle. It’s best to consult with a qualified professional who can check your skin and recommend the most suitable treatment. Consider factors such as the severity of your skin issues, your tolerance for downtime, and your desired results.

Is AcuPulse CO2 Laser Treatment Right for You?

The best way to determine if AcuPulse CO2 laser treatment suits you is to consult a qualified professional. They can monitor your skin type, concerns, and goals to suggest the most appropriate treatment plan. This factor is generally safe for most skin types, but certain conditions and skin tones may require alternative methods.

Final Takeaway

Skin resurfacing offers various options to help you achieve smoother, clearer, and more youthful skin. Whether you choose laser resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or another method, understanding the benefits and recovery times can help you make an informed decision.

Book an appointment with us here at Thrive Aesthetics and Wellness Spa to discuss your options and find the perfect skin resurfacing treatment for your needs. We also have other services like Botox, IV therapy, Diamond Glow, and other Facial Services that you may be interested in.

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Leigh Wolf

Licensed Master Esthetician

Leigh is a Master Esthetician with over 25 years of experience in the skin-care industry. She specializes in the clinical treatment of aging and problem skin, and offers an extensive list of aesthetic services. Leigh graduated from the Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology in 1995 and has since obtained additional certifications, training, and education. She holds a diploma in Advanced Skincare from Georgia Career Institute and has obtained certifications for both lash extensions and microblading. Leigh has not allowed the skin care and aesthetics industry to advance without her over the last 25 years. She is known for the enthusiasm she has for her career and her willingness to pursue advancements made in the industry. Leigh loves helping each client achieve what they are looking for and ensures they leave happy with their results.

Leigh has three children and she currently lives in Monroe, GA. She loves spending time with her family, learning about the latest and greatest in the beauty industry, and shopping.

Deanna Glenn

Office Manager

Deanna is our wonderful office manager and right-hand (wo)man. She ensures the smooth operation of our office and has over 8 years of experience in Healthcare Administration. Deanna graduated from The University of Phoenix in 2014, with a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. After graduating, she worked as the Practice Manager for a cosmetic surgery practice. While most of her work is done behind the scenes, Deanna is a crucial member of the Thrive team. Deanna explains everything in a way that is understandable and her friendly demeanor always makes people feel valued. She is dedicated to ensuring that our client’s experience outside the treatment room is as satisfying as during their treatment.

Deanna currently lives in Jefferson, GA with her husband and two kids. Deanna loves to travel, read a good book and spend quality time with family and friends.

Caitlin Briscoe


Caitlin is a registered nurse with over 8 years of experience in the cosmetics industry. She is a nurse injector and senior cosmetic laser practitioner.

Caitlin graduated from Piedmont College in 2014 with a degree in Nursing. After graduating, she worked in the operating room as a circulating nurse for cosmetic surgeries. Caitlin began performing cosmetic injections in 2016 and has since obtained training and certifications in various other cosmetic and aesthetic services; such as microneedling, chemical peels, and various laser treatments. Caitlin takes the time to form relationships with her clients to gain an understanding of their personal goals and address their individual concerns.

Caitlin currently lives in Good Hope, Georgia with her husband and two daughters. Caitlin enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lindsey Whitehurst



Lindsey is a Certified Nurse Midwife with over 4 years of experience in cosmetics, wellness, and women’s health.

Lindsey attended Augusta University for her undergraduate degree where she graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She later obtained a Master’s of Science from Emory University in 2018 where she specialized in Nurse-Midwifery. Before transitioning into the cosmetics and wellness industry; Lindsey worked in women’s health, treating both Obstetric and Gynecology patients. Lindsey has a warm and personal approach to her clients, she is known for partnering with her patients to create tailored treatment plans that address their individual cosmetic and wellness goals. She takes the time to listen to patient concerns and answer questions while providing evidence-based care and maintaining patient safety. Lindsey is dedicated to ensuring each patient understands and is comfortable prior to providing their treatments and services.

Lindsey has lived in Monroe for 15 years with her four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, interior decorating, watching UGA football, and loves fall weather and being outdoors.

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