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Skin Resurfacing

About Skin Resurfacing

Woman with glowing skin after laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic treatment that involves using lasers to improve skin texture and appearance. The treatment is an effective treatment for patients with age-, sun-, or acne-related skin care concerns that haven’t responded to over-the-counter (OTC) products.

Laser skin resurfacing targets the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) while simultaneously heating the lower layers, called the dermis, to promote collagen production. The growth of new collagen fibers will help reveal new skin that is smoother in texture and firmer to the touch. 

Utilizing Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing may be performed to treat one or more of the following skin concerns:


Age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and crow's feet


Enlarged oil glands


Uneven skin tone

Texture Issues

Rough or sagging skin


Scars and acne scars

Other Issues


Candidates for Skin Resurfacing

The client’s natural skin tone can determine whether this is the best type of cosmetic procedure for the client. For example, patients with lighter skin tones are typically better suited for laser resurfacing because they have a lower risk of hyperpigmentation. Laser resurfacing may not be suitable for people with excessive sagging skin or active acne breakouts. 

What to Expect


The skin care specialist will begin by preparing the client’s skin. This may involve a series of treatments done several weeks prior to the procedure to increase the skin’s tolerance.


On the day of the treatment, the skin care specialist will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. This is done to reduce pain and maintain comfort during the procedure.


Next, the skin care specialist will cleanse the skin to remove any excess oil, dirt, and bacteria.

Laser Application

Treatment will begin with the use of a laser which will be moved slowly around the designated treatment area.


Finally, the skin care specialist will dress the treatment area in wraps to help protect the skin at the end of the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there side effects?
Laser skin resurfacing may cause the following side effects: burning, bumps, rash, swelling, infection, hyperpigmentation, scars, and redness.
What is recovery like?
Clients are able to leave immediately after the treatment. Downtime and recovery will be necessary to ensure skin heals properly and reduce the risk for side effects. A healthy recovery process will help clients achieve their desired results.

The recovery process takes between three and 10 days. Larger treatment areas typically require a longer recovery process. In addition, the deeper the laser, the longer the recovery time. Recovery from ablative laser treatment may take up to three weeks. During recovery, the skin may appear very red and scab over. Clients may also experience slight peeling. Ice packs may be used to help reduce swelling.

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