Skin Resurfacing FAQs

Microdermabrasion Atlanta

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1 ) What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing?

Ablative resurfacing procedures cut the skin, non-ablative procedures do not1.


Q2 ) Is skin resurfacing painful?

Resurfacing procedures such as micro fractional CO2 will use a topical anesthetic to numb the skin, so the patient is comfortable during treatment. Non-ablative skin resurfacing typically does not require any numbing as they are well tolerated without.


Q3 ) Is skin resurfacing safe?

Yes. It is important that patients see an experienced professional for any skin resurfacing procedure.


Q4 ) Does skin resurfacing remove freckles?

Skin resurfacing procedures will improve pigmentation2. The amount of improvement will depend on the treatment being performed. If freckles and pigment are a main concern, patients should speak with their skin care professional for recommendation on what procedure would be best to address this concern.


Q5 ) Does skin resurfacing reduce pore size?

Yes. These procedures are collagen producing, which will help to shrink the pores.


Q6 ) Does skin resurfacing treat acne?

It can help keep acne at bay. By resurfacing the skin, it exfoliates the dead skin allowing the pores to breath3 This will prevent them from getting clogged and a break-out erupting.


Q7 ) Does skin resurfacing help acne scars?

Yes. It helps build collagen which will help to re-plump the acne scar depressions4.


Q8 ) Does skin resurfacing help wrinkles?

Yes. Skin resurfacing removes the dead skin, which is dry and accentuates lines and wrinkles. It also promotes collagen formation to help smooth away lines and wrinkles5.


1. Alexiades-Armenakas, MR (2008). The spectrum of laser skin resurfacing: nonablative, fractional, and ablative laser resurfacing. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2008; 58(5): Pages 738-740.
2. Bencini, PL (2015). Non-ablative fractionated laser skin resurfacing for the treatment of aged neck skin. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2015; 26(3): Pages 252-256.
3. Kontochristopoulos, G (2017). Chemical peels in active acne and acne scars. Clinical Dermatology. 207: 25 (2): Pages 179-182.
4. Alexis, AF (2016). Nonablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scarring in Patients With Fitzpatrick Skin Phototypes IV-VI. Dermatologic Surgery. 2016; 42(3): Pages 392-402.
5. Chen, KH (2017). A systematic review of comparative studies of CO2 and erbium:YAG lasers in resurfacing facial rhytides (wrinkles). Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy. 2017; 19(4): Pages 199-204.
About the Author

Sarah Richardson, LME

Sarah Richardson, LME, is a Licensed Medical Esthetician with over 8 years of skin care experience. Sarah is WIFH’s Lead Medical Esthetician and an Assistant Cosmetic Laser Practitioner licensed by the Georgia Medical Composite Board. Sarah also manages the skin care side of our practice. She is certified to perform Microneedling, Vi Peels, SkinCeuticals & Skin Medical Peels, HydraFacial, SilkPeel, Dermaplaning, Dermasweep Microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacials, Sculpsure, Exilis Elite, Coolsculpting, Lymphatic Massage, and Reflexology.