If you have blotches, scars, wrinkles, or lines on your face due to age, acne, or too much sun exposure, laser skin resurfacing could make your skin look fresher and healthier. Laser skin resurfacing eliminates skin layer by layer with pinpoint accuracy. While healing, new skin cells develop, giving the skin a tighter, younger appearance. The treatment can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial cosmetic procedures. 

So, how does it work exactly? The laser emits thermal energy beams that penetrate the skin deeply. The laser beams vaporize damaged skin and, by encouraging your body’s natural healing mechanism, collagen production and cell regeneration are stimulated, revealing beautiful regenerated skin. 

Which areas are targeted?

One of the most sophisticated skin rejuvenation procedures available is laser resurfacing. It is highly successful as a rejuvenation therapy for removing fine lines and wrinkles, tightening skin, evening out discoloration, repairing sun damage, and smoothing rough skin. It can also be used to treat more serious skin issues such as scarring, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and pigmentation. 

Who’s a good candidate?

When it comes to aging, sun damage, or acne, this procedure may be the best option for you if you can’t get rid of the problem using over-the-counter products. This treatment may not be appropriate for those who have active acne or significant sagging skin. 

Most likely, you’ve heard that this treatment only works on lighter skin tones, but that’s just not true. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons (ABCS), there is a popular misconception that laser skin resurfacing is only for those with lighter skin. Working with a dermatologist or physician who understands which types of lasers perform best for darker skin tones is essential. 

Preparing for the procedure

If you get cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth, notify your doctor. People who are prone to acne may get outbreaks as a result of skin resurfacing. Suppose you opt to proceed with laser resurfacing. In that case, your doctor will instruct you to refrain from taking any medicines or supplements that may affect clotting for 10 days prior to surgery. 

Two weeks before and after the surgery, smokers should abstain from smoking as it could delay recovery. It’s also best to get the treatment done in the fall or winter to minimize exposure to the sun as much as you can.

Will it hurt?

The feeling experienced during laser treatments is sometimes compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin by patients and doctors. The sensation of laser resurfacing, on the other hand, varies depending on the laser used, the depth and region of treatment, and the patient’s pain threshold. 

Are there any side effects to this procedure?

Laser skin resurfacing, like other cosmetic procedures, has the potential for adverse effects. Swelling, burning, lumps, scars, redness, and hyperpigmentation are some of the symptoms. 

You can minimize your risk of these problems by following your doctor’s pre-care and post-care recommendations. Depending on your medical history, you may be given an antibiotic or antiviral medicine as a preventive measure. 


Healing time can take up to 10 days. Longer recovery times are associated with a more extensive treatment area and a deeper laser. Ablative laser treatment, for example, might take up to three weeks to recover from. 

During the healing process, your skin may become very red and scab over. There will be some peeling as well. Swelling can be reduced by using cold packs on the affected area. After each procedure, your skin may become sun-sensitive for up to a year. Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 can help minimize your risk of sunburn and UV damage. 

While you don’t have to stay at home for the duration of your recovery, you should avoid places filled with germs, like the gym, to reduce your chance of infection. 

Is there a less invasive way to rejuvenate the skin?

Photo rejuvenation uses light energy, but it isn’t a genuine laser treatment because the light isn’t focused on a high-powered beam. This treatment employs strong light pulses to reach the deeper layers of the skin. This therapy, also known as Intense Pulsed Light or IPL, removes excess pigmentation such as sun damage, hyperpigmented acne scars, and freckles, and it can help alleviate fine wrinkles. It is also drawn to the color of spider veins, so it breaks down these undesirable veins without damaging the veins your body needs. 

Photo rejuvenation is a non-ablative procedure, which means it doesn’t break the skin. While most patients require four to six sessions to achieve the greatest results, this gentle technique requires no recuperation time. Patients generally experience just temporary redness and maybe moderate swelling immediately following their treatment, with certain targeted areas becoming darker before fading. 

Not sure about which procedure would be best for you? 

We recommend arranging a consultation with our skilled and experienced medical professionals instead of deciding on your own. With our medical experience and knowledge, we’ll be able to guide you through your options and help you determine the best course of action based on your desires and priorities. Call Zap Laser Center if you’re ready to take that step.

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