What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Feb 11, 2020 | Skin Care


Are you unhappy with the appearance and texture of your skin? Laser skin resurfacing may be just the treatment need to rejuvenate your skin’s natural beauty. This treatment uses lasers to resurface your skin and increase your skin’s collagen production.

Types of Laser Resurfacing Treatments We Offer

There is a variety of different lasers used for resurfacing treatments, and they put into two categories:

  1. Non-ablative lasers work by targeting skin cells under the surface of your skin. This triggers the cells to produce more collagen and elastic. The result is fewer fine lines and a clearer and firmer-looking complexion.
  2. Ablative lasers work by removing the top layer of your skin to the smoother and younger-looking skin below. Treatments using this type of laser are ideal for treating severe sun damage and moderate wrinkles.

At North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic, we use the following lasers for our resurfacing treatments:

  • Lumenis M22
  • Active FX
  • Total FX
  • Genesis Laser Toning
  • FotoFacial
  • Endymed Pro™

What Should You Expect with Laser Resurfacing?

After treatment with a non-ablative laser, you may experience some skin redness and sensitivity. You can expect to have redness, swelling, and extreme skin sensitivity after an ablative laser treatment. Because your skin will be sensitive and susceptible to burning from sun exposure, you must use sunscreen after your procedure. You will receive aftercare instructions from your provider on how to minimize your discomfort after your treatment.

With ablative laser treatments, you may see results immediately or anywhere between several weeks or months. Non-ablative laser treatments may provide positive results immediately or within a few days. Because laser resurfacing is a temporary treatment, natural aging and new sun damage could reverse the effects of your treatment in the future.

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Laser Resurfacing?

While laser skin resurfacing treatments are not effective for treating moderate to severe wrinkles, it can improve the appearance of facial skin affected by:

  • Fine lines
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage
  • Freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Unwanted tattoos

Call North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic at (480) 448-0918 to schedule a free consultation with one of our trained laser experts to determine if you are a candidate for laser skin resurfacing.