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Skin Resurfacing

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Revitalize Your Skin With Skin Resurfacing

Philadelphia Facial Surgery & MedSpa is a premier destination for those seeking skin resurfacing treatments. Our Philadelphia, PA facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Spalla, provides a range of cutting-edge technologies and techniques to ensure you achieve flawless results. We offer various options to improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and reverse sun damage. 

Dr. Spalla is renowned for his expertise and artistry in facial plastic surgery and non-invasive rejuvenation procedures, making him the go-to expert for skin resurfacing.

What Is Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that improves the texture, tone, and appearance of skin. It can address a range of skin concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. 

These procedures involve removing the outermost layers of skin cells, and through skin regeneration, your body creates new skin which is more even in texture and tone with increased firmness giving you a more youthful appearance in days. Dr. Spalla and his team can achieve these results through various techniques, including laser treatments, chemical peels, microneedling, and microdermabrasion.

Benefits of Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing provides patients with many unique benefits, including:

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces acne scarring
  • Removes age spots or sun damage
  • Boosts your self-confidence
  • Can minimize pore size
  • Rejuvenates aging skin
  • Reduces surgical or traumatic scars
  • Can treat certain skin conditions such as rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and melasma

Skin Resurfacing Treatments

Our Philadelphia facial plastic surgeon and medspa professionals offer a range of skin resurfacing treatments.

Laser Resurfacing

At Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa, Dr. Spalla offers CO2 laser treatments. The Lumenis Acupulse CO2 laser is a wonderfully versatile laser that allows Dr. Spalla to precisely control the degree of resurfacing. This treatment that uses patient-tailored settings to delive to vaporize the outer layer of damaged skin cells, thereby stimulating collagen production and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and sun damage. 

Given how customizable this versatile laser is, during your initial consultation, Dr. Spalla will  discuss which features are ideal for your concerns.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment and come in many strengths. Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa routinely perform superficial and medium-depth peels to help alleviate fine lines, rough skin, and uneven pigment. These acidic solutions are applied to the surface of your face and are typically left on for a few minutes. It is common to experience a mild tingling or stinging sensation during the treatment, but it will only last while the chemical peel is on the face and is very tolerable.

Following your chemical peel, you may experience the skin “flaking off” for a couple days. This is normal as chemical peels make your skin look and feel rejuvenated.  


Microneedling involves using a small handheld device with tiny needles which precisely penetrate the skin to a predetermined depth. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process and encourage the production of collagen and elastin, which can help improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Microneedling is very helpful for fine lines as well as acne scarring. Given that no heat or lasers are used, it is safe on all skin types.

Microneedling is very versatile and can be used on nearly any body part. Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa uses this on the body as well. It is particularly useful for scars and even stretch marks.

Did you know that microneedling is used in the stimulation of hair growth? Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa uses this along with growth factors provided by Anteage to stimulate hair growth on the scalp or mens’ beards. Dr. Spalla also offers the advanced option of utilizing PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) to improve microneedling efficacy for improvement of scars as well as hair growth. PRF is a natural substance easily obtained through a blood draw done here in the office. Your blood is then processed in a unique centrifuge to create the PRF which is then used to improve your results!


Microdermabrasion involves using a specialized diamond-coated instrument to remove the outermost layer of your skin, revealing smoother and more even skin underneath. This procedure carriers no real downtime and helps to immediately brighten your skin allowing you to leave the office with smooth and glowing skin.

Who Is a Candidate for Skin Resurfacing?

Anyone with concerns about their skin texture, tone, and appearance may be a candidate for skin resurfacing. However, the best candidates are those with:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots and sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough or dull skin texture

Skin resurfacing may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions or skin types. A consultation with Dr. Spalla is necessary to determine which procedure is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to see results?

The results of skin resurfacing treatments can vary depending on the technique used and the individual’s skin type and concerns. Some patients may see immediate results, while others may need multiple sessions to achieve their desired outcome. Dr. Spalla will work with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Is skin resurfacing painful?

No, resurfacing procedures should not be painful. There may be some slight discomfort such as when a chemical peel is taking effect, but this stinging sensation is very temporary and our cooling fans significantly help to minimize that feeling.

For the deeper resurfacing techniques, Dr. Spalla has many ways to make this as painless as possible including topical anesthesia, nerve blocks, and various medications to relieve anxiety or discomfort.

What is the recovery time?

Recovery time for skin resurfacing treatments is primarily dependent on the depth of resurfacing. In short, the deeper the zone of treatment, the longer it will take to recover. That being said, some people do heal faster than others for a variety of reasons, and Dr. Spalla can help determine how long it will take for your recovery. For the most superficial peels and microdermabrasion, there is almost no downtime at all, and you should be able to resume normal activities in hours. For the most aggressive procedures, there may be around 10-14 days of recovery needed until you are ready to go out and resume all your activities. Dr. Spalla sees his patients back very frequently and will provide each patient with post-treatment instructions and recommendations to ensure a smooth recovery.

What should I expect during a skin resurfacing treatment?

Your skin resurfacing experience will vary depending on the type of treatment you undergo. Deep resurfacing may require sedation or local anesthesia, whereas light resurfacing is very tolerable without the need for any analgesia. At the start of the procedures, your skin will be cleaned, and once you are ready, the outer layers of skin are treated with the technique tailored for your individual concerns and desires.

The time to perform these treatments varies. Some of the superficial treatments take around 30 minutes while the entire process of preparing you, performing the procedure, and recovery can take a few hours for the most aggressive resurfacing Dr. Spalla routinely performs. Regardless of your procedure, you’ll be able to return home following your treatment, and you’ll be followed closely by the office and its staff to make for a smooth and effortless recovery.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Spalla

Skin resurfacing is an effective and versatile cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. At Philadelphia Facial Surgery & MedSpa, Dr. Spalla and his team offer a range of skin resurfacing options to suit your unique needs and concerns. 

With our expertise and cutting-edge technology, you can achieve your desired results and feel confident in your skin. Contact Philadelphia Facial Surgery & MedSpa today at 215-273-3223 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation and begin your journey towards revitalized skin.

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