What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a nonsurgical way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin. Laser energy is delivered to the skin or beneath the skin’s surface, stimulating the body’s own collagen production and smoothing away minor blemishes like wrinkles and shallow scarring. With the ability to customize laser resurfacing to the unique needs of each patient, Dr. Schneider finds laser treatments to be an excellent way to enhance the appearance and address a host of skin issues with minimal discomfort and downtime.

There are three basic types of laser treatment:

  • One: Non-ablative laser treatments pass lasers over the skin, for results that are subtle and develop slowly over time. This typically takes the form of IPL, intense pulsed light.
  • Two: Ablative treatments remove the outer skin layers, leaving softer smoother skin underneath, typically associated with a longer recovery time.
  • Three: Fractional laser treatments create micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the body’s own healing response for a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for the following:

  • Fine lines or facial wrinkles
  • Uneven skin texture and tone
  • Shallow scarring from acne and chicken pox
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots and pigmentation marks
  • Enlarged pores

Laser skin resurfacing can be performed as a stand alone procedure, or can be accompanied by other procedures, such as injectable treatments, to further enhance results.

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to address many skin concerns in a single procedure, while refreshing and rejuvenating the skin overall. Dr. Schneider and his staff work with each individual patient to ensure treatment is geared toward their specific issues and desired outcome. Minneapolis residents can learn more about your options in laser skin resurfacing, contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery.

*Individual results may vary.

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

Laser skin resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery. The depth of the laser will determine whether a topical numbing cream or local anesthesia is needed prior to treatment. During the procedure, a handheld device delivers the laser energy to the skin, without actually penetrating the skin’s surface. Treatment may take around one hour, depending on the size of the treatment area. Multiple treatments are usually needed for desired results.

What is recovery like?

Recovery will also depend on the type of laser treatment performed. Non-ablative procedures usually allow patients to return to their regular activities right away. Fractional treatments may involve short recovery periods, while ablative treatments may take two or more weeks of recovery time. After any type of laser treatment, skin should be protected from the sun and makeup should not be applied to the treatment area until the proper healing time has passed.

What can I expect from my laser skin resurfacing results?

It can take some time to see the results of a laser treatment, since the skin will need time to heal. Collagen production is also stimulated during these procedures, which means natural results develop over time as collagen builds up in the body. Deeper laser treatments tend to require a longer recovery period, but the results are more dramatic and long-lasting. Non-ablative treatments need to be repeated more frequently to maintain positive results.