Laser skin resurfacing was among 2008's most popular skin care procedures used on women. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 400,000 women underwent this operation to combat the signs of aging.

Laser skincare treatment effectively diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and decreases scars, acne and hyper pigmentation signs. This treatment can be applied to small areas like the fine lines around the mouth and face and to treat large areas of the face.

The advantage of laser skin resurfacing over other procedures on skincare is that it doesn't cause any discomfort, bleeding or bruising, and heals speedily. In this age of new and ever-improving technolgies, the latest lasers are more gentle and safer to use than the earlier models.

This procedure is also multi-pronged. It treats fine lines and wrinkles, yes, but it is also an effective acne treatment, Acne laser resurfacing is a ground-breaking skincare substitute for peels and retinol, at the same time provides long-lasting outcomes.

How it works

Laser resurfacing acts when the outer layer of the skin is removed to let new skin grow and fill in the wrinkles and scars. There is similar performance in chemical peels and dermabrasion but these are invasive and harsh in comparison.

Resurfacing your skin with a laser targets the superficial and deep layers of the skin accurately, thus the results are to be expected. The laser goes through the skin to remove enough external layers and reveal the un-flawed layers. When this layer is uncovered, health and young skin are reconstructed.

It will be up to your doctor's examination to ascertain and design the most suitable laser therapy type for you.

During treatment

Your dermatologist woud advise you to apply topical creams, lotions or other similar medication to prepare your skin for the operation. For optimum results, you should follow their instructions.

Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient treatment. Thus, it can be performed in your doctor's office. A topical and local (sometimes intravenous) anesthetic will be administered on you during the surgery, but it will not send you to sleep. The type of anesthesia to be administered will vary on the level of resurfacing to be performed. However, you will need to have someone drive you home.

The treatment usually lasts 15 to 90 minutes, these will depend on the amount of resurfacing you will need. The cosmetic dermatologist would move the laser over the area more than once if the type of damage to the skin warrants it. This action would feel like thin bands of rubber being snapped against your skin. The number of treatments will be adjusted to the condition of the treated skin, single or multiple resurfacing treatments.


There are temporary side effects, like swelling and mild discomfort, which can be healed quickly with ice and anti-inflammatory medicines. There would be rare cases of crusty red spots in the treated areas — do not pick them. They will become worse and your treatment will not only be invalidated but your skin condition will be worse!

Like any skin treatment, stay away from the sun during the healing time of one to two weeks.