Dr. Joseph M. Perlman Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre

Skin rejuvenation treatments and facial rejuvenation procedures appear on the covers of major beauty and lifestyle magazines every single month.

And the words skin and facial seem to be used interchangeably. What is the difference between skin rejuvenation and facial rejuvenation?

In simple terms, skin rejuvenation revitalizes your skin to look and feel healthier (and thereby younger), whereas facial rejuvenation aids in restoring a younger appearance.

Both approaches will help you look more youthful, however, facial rejuvenation is focused on your overall appearance and includes surgical options. On the other hand, skin rejuvenation aims to improve skin texture, elasticity and add a healthy glow.

Combined, both can take off years in your appearance. This article, however, will focus on skin rejuvenation.

To make the right decision for your needs, you should be aware of how different treatments work to rejuvenate your skin.

Below, you will learn which skin rejuvenation treatments provide results quickly and soothing treatments that rejuvenate the skin over time.

Skin Rejuvenation for Wrinkles

Let’s start with the #1 cosmetic concern most people face… fine lines and wrinkles. There are many ways to improve them, but mainly by utilizing one or more of 3 basic methods:

There are two other non-surgical methods that deal with wrinkles, by means of adding volume (dermal fillers) and relaxing muscles (Botox). These, however, fall under the category of facial rejuvenation.

Each method has its place in the skin rejuvenation process and choosing the right one for you depends on a number of factors. These factors may include the depth of the wrinkles, the overall condition of your skin, your age, your skin type, and the area of concern.

Skin Damage

The sun is a major stressor that causes damage to the skin. Your genetic makeup also plays a significant role in how quickly your skin shows signs of aging and the extent to which it shows.

In addition to addressing fine lines and wrinkles, skin rejuvenation treatments also address:

Soothing Skin Rejuvenation

These are mild treatments that require little to no special instructions after treatment and are recommended to be repeated monthly or bi-monthly to obtain and maintain their full effect over time.

These include:

Facials for Skin Rejuvenation

A facial is a relaxing and pampering experience for skin tissue issues. It cleanses, moisturizes, hydrates, and improves circulation. It can also stimulate your body to produce collagen. Your body produces less collagen as you age and the lack of that protein can result in a dull, gaunt, and aged appearance.

Mild Chemical Peels

A mild chemical peel helps to balance and restore appearance, and it also accelerates the turnover of skin cells. It brightens all types of skin and aids in addressing acne to restore and refresh your skin’s appearance. A mild chemical peel minimizes fine lines, and wrinkles, reduces the appearance of blemishes, and leaves you with revitalized skin that’s smoother.


Dermaplaning exfoliates the top layer of skin to remove dead skin cells that give your complexion a dull appearance. It has the added benefit of removing peach fuzz, that unwanted and annoying facial hair. It’s a treatment that celebrities have been using for years to look camera ready at all times.

Skin Rejuvenation with Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for removing old skin cells that make the skin look dull. It’s a good idea to have microdermabrasion performed if you haven’t had a facial in quite a while. It minimizes facial wrinkles and a new treatment method utilizes a specialized precision brush that works similarly to a light peel.

If you have superficial areas of hyperpigmentation that give your skin an old, dull, and rough appearance, microdermabrasion can help. The treatment is equally effective for smoothing, improving skin texture, and reducing acne.

Rejuvenating Skin with IPL

Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are safe and effective for most skin types and can be used on multiple areas of the body. It addresses a myriad of hyperpigmentation issues, red and brown spots, and sun damage. The treatment can reduce acne and the appearance of rosacea, minimize spider veins, and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.

Short-Term Skin Rejuvenation

Short-term rejuvenation options require one or a series of treatments over a short period of time to obtain the full effect. They include medical-grade chemical peels, micro-needling, and laser resurfacing.

Medical Grade Chemical Peels

A medical-grade chemical peel is an effective option if you have photoaging, unwanted freckles and acne, hyperpigmented skin, and fine lines. Your skin will look brighter, younger, and tighter. It’s restorative, improving your skin’s tone, texture and addressing discoloration to enhance your skin’s vitality.

Microneedling and Vampire Facials

Microneedling is a highly effective treatment in which extremely fine needles are used to make controlled, microscopic injuries to the skin. The treatment stimulates your body to produce collagen as part of the healing process, thereby creating a plumper, smoother complexion and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Microneedling is a treatment that is effective for addressing mild scarring from acne, skin discoloration, and even stretch marks. Microneedling is used by a variety of celebrities who must always look fabulous in front of the camera.

Microneedling can be combined with growth factors. The treatment uses a small amount of your own blood that is placed in a centrifuge to separate the growth factors. The serum is applied in conjunction with the micro needling and uses your body’s own power of healing for rejuvenation.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is used for lines and wrinkles that are deeper and more ingrained. It removes the outer layer of skin to stimulate collagen production and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t proven satisfactory. Laser skin resurfacing peels away the outer layer of skin for rejuvenation, but also comes with an increased risk of developing unpleasant side effects.

Choosing the Right Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

Selecting the treatment option for your skin rejuvenation should never be made in haste or without consulting with a professional. The extensive variety of skin rejuvenation treatments offer choices for everyone no matter what your particular concern or skin type.

Depending on what you and your skin rejuvenation professional decide, you can take advantage of short-term treatments that can produce dramatic and immediate results.

You may need facial rejuvenation for a more youthful appearance or skin rejuvenation that works overtime to make your skin healthier. All options are available to make you look as great as you feel and best of all – they really work.