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Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing

Skin care rejuvenation/resurfacing is a significant part of our comprehensive program. Skin rejuvenation can be introduced as part of preparation for a surgical procedure, as an additional treatment after surgery, or as a separate, freestanding program. The skin care program can use one or several techniques or methods depending on the patient’s skin type, previous skin care, amount of sun damage, and genetic predispositions or other existing conditions.


Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-abrasive way to polish the surface of the skin, getting rid of dead and flaking skin cells and leaving a soft texture. Olmsted Medical Center's Plastic Surgery department uses DiamondTome™ microdermabrasion to gently exfoliate the skin with natural diamond chips and vacuum the dead skin cells away.

The result is a smoother appearance that makes wrinkles, age spots and blemishes far less noticeable. It also helps reduce acne scars. It’s ideal for someone who does not wish surgery or cannot tolerate chemical or laser treatments. Microdermabrasion is a successful technique that has a proven track record for years in European health centers.

View a short animated video describing microdermabrasion.

Fractional Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing

With our “easier on the skin” fractional non-ablative process of skin resurfacing, light pulses are confined to narrow columns in the skin, allowing for a quick-healing process. The columns initiate a natural healing process that forms new, healthy tissue and improves skin appearance. Some people notice positive changes in skin appearance within a few days.

Fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing before/after image

Before (top) and after (bottom) fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing

These treatments can be performed on most areas of the body, including the face, chest, arms and hands.

A series of treatments at 3-6 week intervals may be required to achieve the desired results. This procedure is less painful than CO2 ablative laser procedures and does not have an extended recovery time. Generally, the redness, warmth and swelling or tightness in the treated area typically fades within a few hours. The skin may have a pinkish tone for 5-7 days.

View a short animated video describing laser skin resurfacing.

Fractional Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Using fractional ablative skin resurfacing, unsightly skin is selectively vaporized, and within a few days replaced with fresh, healthy skin – generated by the body’s lymphatic system. This is a single-treatment procedure where a powerful laser creates tiny, microscopic columns in damaged skin, which are replaced by new skin.

This advanced skin resurfacing treatment triggers a deep healing process that replaces treated areas with a fresh, glowing skin.

Fractional laser technology has made ablative skin resurfacing the preferred treatment for patients seeking deeper skin improvements, often within 2-4 days.

While the skin is healing, you are advised to stay out of the sun, avoid scrubbing and not wear makeup. For several weeks following the treatment, your skin may have a pinkish tone.

View a short animated video describing laser skin resurfacing.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

IPL treatments can be used to deliver a precise dose of light energy with minimal risk to the skin and relatively little discomfort. This can be done to treat rosacea, acne, photo rejuvenation, reduction of vascular lesions on the face, as well as hair reduction. It is often used as an integrated element of the rejuvenation program.


A simple, safe procedure with no downtime. It is performed with a blade to exfoliate the top layer of skin and remove vallus hair. Most often used on patients with rough, dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation and fine lies and wrinkles. A customized acid peel is then applied by cryo therapy. It leaves your skin refined, smooth, with a glowing appearance! Seasonal treatments are recommended.


Dermapen is sophisticated micro-needling of the skin to boost your own collagen production. It can be used for a variety of concerns including reducing fine lines and wrinkles and reducing unsightly  surgical and acne scars. Dermapen is a needling device that is used in a controlled and precise stamping  pattern which in turn stimulates new collagen production  through normal physiological processes.

Dermapen is safe on any skin type, has short treatment time and minimal discomfort with virtually no downtime. OMC  Plastic Surgery nurses treat the area with a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure to minimize any discomfort. There can be some redness of the skin and pinpoint bleeding immediately following the treatment. Benefits of a Dermapen treatment can be expected after the first treatment. It is usually recommended that 3 -5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart are performed for maximum results depending on the patient’s specific situation.

Contact Us

OMC's plastic surgery department can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6740 

fax: 507.529.6741

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Plastic Surgery 
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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