FAQ: What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

A woman is receiving laser skin resurfacing treatment on her face. (Model)

If factors like aging, sun damage, or acne have taken their toll on your skin, you may be an ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing instead of plastic surgery. This nonsurgical treatment option addresses various skin concerns using innovative laser technology to improve skin tone and texture and refresh your overall appearance.

Have we piqued your curiosity? If you’re looking for answers to common questions like what is laser skin resurfacing, how much does it cost, and what is the best laser treatment for sun damaged skin, check out our FAQ below.

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Before & After Laser Skin Resurfacing

What Does Laser Skin Treatment Do?

Laser skin resurfacing uses ablative and non-ablative laser technology to target layers of damaged skin and trigger collagen production to rebuild healthy, new skin. Ablative lasers remove the skin’s damaged surface layers, usually using erbium YAG or CO2 laser technology. Non-ablative lasers target the skin’s underlying tissues.

What Type of Laser Treatments Do You Offer?

Ablative lasers such as Contour TRL™ remove the skin’s superficial layers with extreme precision while triggering collagen production for healthy, new skin. Non-ablative lasers, such as MOXI® laser, deliver heat below the skin’s surface to stimulate your body’s natural healing response. Blending the best of both lasers, the HALO® laser uses a combination of ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to reach the inner and outer dermis for a more aggressive yet highly customizable treatment approach. Our most gentle laser treatment is Clear + Brilliant laser®, a fractional laser that safely rejuvenates all skin types.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

The best candidates for laser skin resurfacing are patients who want to address fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, or dull, uneven skin. It’s important to note that ablative laser treatments are safest for patients with lighter complexions; those with darker skin tones may be at risk for hyperpigmentation. During your consultation, we’ll determine the best laser treatment approach that safely addresses your concerns and achieves your desired results.

How Much Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Your procedure cost varies depending on factors like the type of laser used, the extent and number of treatments necessary, and the experience level of your provider. On average, laser skin resurfacing can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Does C02 Laser Tighten Skin?

A carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfaces the skin using targeted beams of light. While CO2 laser helps improve the skin’s overall tone, texture, and appearance, we recommend treatments such as Renuvion® (J-Plasma®) skin tightening or SkinTyte®, which are specifically designed to firm and tighten lax, aging skin.

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Before & After Renuvion Skin Tightening

What Is the Best Laser Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin?

Several different lasers offer highly effective solutions for sun damaged skin. In particular, the hybrid HALO laser removes sun damage on the top layers of the skin while producing collagen to heal and rebuild the skin from the inside out. It’s an ideal nonsurgical solution to address the signs of sun damage.

What Is Recovery Like From Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Recovery varies based on the type and depth of your treatment. Patients can generally expect some redness, swelling, and flaking. These symptoms usually peak 2 to 3 days after treatment and gradually subside. Ablative treatments require more downtime than gentler, non-ablative treatments. You can facilitate healing by following your aftercare protocol and avoiding sun exposure.

How Long Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Last?

While your laser skin treatments will help turn back the clock, they will not stop time. Although results can last several years, you can preserve your youthful look by protecting your skin from the sun and visiting us for maintenance treatments.

We hope we’ve answered all your burning questions about laser skin resurfacing. If you’re ready to explore your treatment options, reach out to us online to schedule a consultation or call us at (480) 466-7355 to get started.

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