Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lasers have revolutionized the field of skin resurfacing. In the past, lasers have been either too powerful or too weak to balance an effective treatment with a reasonable downtime. The fractional CO2 laser is a game-changer in that it provides a significant treatment result with minimal downtime. How does it do this? The laser is "pixelated" into many tiny beams that treat some areas, while leaving others untreated. This allows for faster recovery. The beams of light resurface top layers of skin and heat deeper tissues to stimulate collagen production and tightening.


Conditions Treated

Wrinkles & Fine Lines

Facial wrinkles that deepen with movement eventually become fine "etched lines" that never go away even when the face is totally relaxed due to the effects of genetics and sun damage. The laser removes old layers of etched skin and allows new skin to take its place. This gives the skin a smoother appearance.

Rough Skin

Sun damage may cause the top layers of skin to feel rough and leathery. The laser removes these top layers, allowing new skin to take its place. This gives the skin an overall softer feel.

Brown Spots

Brown spots are also caused by a combination of genetic aging and sun damage. The laser removes pigment-forming cells in the deeper layers of the skin. This gives the skin a more even tone.

Mild Skin Laxity

We lose skin elasticity and collagen with aging. The laser heats deeper layers of skin to stimulate more collagen production and tightening. This tightening is real and improves with every treatment, but is not as significant as one obtained with a surgical lift.

Acne Scars

Acne scars come in a variety of forms. Thin, broad scars are well-treated with laser skin resurfacing as the skin is made to look more smooth. Deep or raised scars are better handled with surgical scar revision. It is most common that we will combine surgical scar revision with laser skin resurfacing for the best result.

Planning Your Procedure

How It's Done

Patient comfort and safety is a priority. Prior to treatment, the skin is cleansed and anesthesia is applied. Anesthesia consists of topical numbing cream and possibly injected local anesthesia. The laser is applied in one or more layers. Most patients will feel a tolerable burning sensation that passes quickly. A cooling compress is placed at the end of the procedure.


Different laser intensities have slightly different downtimes. A light laser peel may cause peeling for 1-2 days, while a more intense treatment may peel for a few days. The treatment is tailored to the patients skin type and goal for treatment. During this time will instruct you how to care for your skin. Temporary redness and swelling is common but resolves quickly. 


The results of this procedure are immediate but improve over a six month period as new collagen is laid down and tightening occurs. 

Safety Profile & Side Effects

Laser peels have been used for over a decade for cosmetic purposes. Common effects associated with them include mild tingling or burning sensation during the procedure, redness, irritation, peeling, and lightening of the skin. Serious side effects, such as infections, prolonged redness, and scarring, may result with more intense treatments if not done carefully by an expert. These side effects are minimized by following our protocols.
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