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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Facial Resurfacing & Rejuvenation

Details about facial resurfacing and rejuvenation procedures at Cleveland Clinic.

Facial resurfacing and rejuvenation procedures at Cleveland Clinic include chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, laser and light-based treatment and ultherapy. These procedures can improve the texture of the facial skin, improve acne scars, tighten and lift sagging skin around the face and neck and more.

Procedure Why Consider It?

Chemical Peels

Chemical solutions are applied to your face, causing the skin to "blister" and eventually peel off – revealing newer, more vibrant skin beneath.

  • Improves the texture of the facial skin by removing damaged outer layers
  • Promotes the growth of a new layer of skin that is smoother and younger-looking

Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion employs a specialized high-speed rotary instrument to "sand" the skin. Microdermabrasion is a less aggressive smoothing technique involving tiny crystals sprayed on the skin.

  • Dermabrasion can improve acne scars and scars
  • Microdermabrasion treats superficial skin problems like fine lines, dull skin, brown spots, mild acne scars and age spots

Laser & Light-based Treatment

Direct, short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light are used to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and pigmentation, such as freckles and sunspots.

  • A wide range of skin problems can be treated, including facial aging, pigment changes and redness
  • Options range in aggressiveness and downtime


Uses focused ultrasound to lift and tighten loose skin non-invasively.

  • New technology that helps stimulates collagen growth to tighten and lift sagging skin around face and neck, without surgery
  • No downtown and minimal redness or swelling