Everything You Need to Know About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Posted on November 25, 2020

When it comes to transforming your skin and addressing your cosmetic goals, laser skin resurfacing is one of the best options available. With some of the most advanced technologies on the market and the expertise of your dermatologist, you can enjoy radiant, clear skin with just a few treatments. Here’s what to know about laser skin resurfacing and what you can expect from your treatment package at our Chicago office.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a skincare procedure performed by a board certified dermatologist. It uses laser technologies to address a variety of skin concerns like texture and visible imperfections, and there are generally two different types of laser skin resurfacing — ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers usually include CO2 or Erbium lasers and work by inducing controlled damage in the skin to jumpstart collagen production. Non-ablative lasers don’t damage the skin and rather use light energy to target things like pigmentation or redness. Both options are effective for different concerns, and your dermatologist can recommend the right options for you.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a great option for people who want to address skin concerns like:

  • Scars
  • Acne
  • Aging
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Large pores
  • Sagging skin

Your success with certain kinds of laser skin resurfacing can depend on your skin tone, meaning one type of laser may be better for you than others. This means it’s important to select an experienced, board certified dermatologist for your laser treatment needs.

How Much Does It Cost?

Your cost can vary based on many different factors, but non-ablative treatments are generally more expensive than ablative treatments. You’ll likely need a package of treatments, which can affect your overall cost. During your consultation with our team, you’ll receive a full estimate of your laser skin resurfacing cost.

What Can I Expect?

Laser skin resurfacing can be performed at our Chicago office. You’ll receive care instructions to follow in the days before your procedure if your skin needs preparation for treatment. Most laser skin resurfacing procedures are performed using a topical anesthetic so that you’re comfortable. Then, the laser handpiece is applied to the skin according to your unique treatment plan. The length of your treatment session can depend on factors like how large the treatment area is and how many areas are treated. Afterward, however, you can return home.

What is Recovery Like?

There’s minor recovery involved with laser skin resurfacing. You can expect your skin to heal over the course of three to ten days with some minor redness, tenderness, and texture. You’ll be given instructions to follow to make sure that your skin remains healthy and moisturized throughout. You’ll need to gently cleanse your face and avoid any harsh products or active ingredients during your recovery. Although you don’t need to stay home during this time, you should make sure to avoid extensive activity that could cause you to sweat —this can irritate your treatment area. You should also avoid sunlight and wear sunscreen throughout your recovery.

What Results Can I Expect?

As your skin heals, you’ll notice a marked improvement in your skin’s appearance and quality. It can take a few treatments to achieve your ideal results, but this can depend on how aggressive your treatments are and what sort of results you want to achieve. Most patients enjoy long-term results with laser skin resurfacing, and our skincare team can recommend the best way to care for your skin with the best in professional-grade skincare products and treatments.

Schedule a Consultation

Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent way to achieve healthy, radiant skin. To meet with our team and learn more, we invite you to contact our Chicago office by calling or filling out our online form.