Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is also known as a laser peel, laser vaporization or lasabrasion. Your surgeon uses the laser to send short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. This removes unwanted, damaged skin in a very precise manner one layer at a time. This targeted approach means there are fewer problems with hypopigmentation, or a lightening of skin for procedures such as laser acne scar removal.

The laser beam used in laser resurfacing will remove your outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. It simultaneously heats the underlying skin, called the dermis. This action works to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer.

Length 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Anesthesia General or local with sedation.

In/Outpatient Outpatient

Recovery Recovery times will vary depending on your treatment. CO2 laser resurfacing: generally up to two weeks. Erbium laser resurfacing: one full week.

Lasers Offered by Monmouth Plastic Surgery

  • IPL Intense Pulsed Light (Brown and Red Spot Removal)
  • Hair removal (IPL)
  • Pixel-Fractional Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • C02 Pixel Laser skin Resurfacing
  • LP Yag- Red Spot and Vein Removal

Side Effects Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan).

Risks Complications of laser skin resurfacing can include acne flares, bacterial infection, cold sore reactivation, hyperpigmentation, milia, prolonged redness, scarring (rare but possible), and swelling.