Frequently Asked Laser Skin Resurfacing Questions

woman after laser treatment Laser skin resurfacing is a wildly popular cosmetic treatment. Americans looking to achieve smoother, more vibrant skin booked more than half a million laser skin resurfacing sessions in 2018 alone, according to recent statistics.

Experienced cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Shaun Patel is always happy to answer patient questions about this sought-after aesthetic service. You’ll find answers to some of the most common laser skin resurfacing questions below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please contact our practice.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a facial rejuvenation treatment that improves the skin’s overall appearance while treating cosmetic problems. It can be done with an ablative laser, like CO2RE, which removes the top layer of skin while heating the underlying skin tissue. It can also be done with a non-ablative laser, like Clear + Brilliant, which creates heat without injuring the skin’s surface.

Another distinction among lasers is whether they are fractional or not. Fractional lasers break up the energy to treat a fraction of the skin in the area, which is known to reduce downtime. Dr. Patel offers a full spectrum of laser services so you can find one that’s right for you.

What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

Laser skin resurfacing stimulates your skin’s natural inflammatory process. This allows new, healthy skin cells to replace older, damaged ones. It also promotes collagen production, which helps tighten the skin and give it a youthful, healthy look.

These beneficial effects of laser skin resurfacing make it the go-to treatment for acne scars. It can also help improve the appearance of cosmetic concerns such as:

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Painful?

All of the laser skin resurfacing treatments at our practice are tolerable. Some sessions create a warming sensation, while others feel like a pinch or the snap of a rubber band.

What you feel during laser resurfacing depends on the laser, the depth of the treatment, your comfort level, and other factors. Any discomfort can easily be minimized with a topical anesthetic. It is also an option to lower the intensity of most lasers.

Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Involve Downtime?

Laser skin resurfacing usually involves some social downtime. The length of downtime depends on the type of laser and the aggressiveness of the device’s settings.

Fractionated non-ablative lasers require hardly any downtime. They heat tiny columns of skin while leaving the surrounding area untreated, which allows the skin to heal quickly.

Meanwhile, CO2 lasers involve the most downtime, particularly when performed using deeper treatment modes. Healing from a CO2 treatment can take anywhere from five days to upwards of two weeks. View Dr. Patel’s treatment tips for more information.

How Much Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost in Miami?

The cost of laser skin resurfacing depends on the approach. Each individual is different and requires a unique treatment plan, making it difficult to give you a price estimate without a consultation.

The following factors can affect the cost of your treatment:

  • The laser device
  • The treatment area
  • The number of sessions

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Dr. Patel is one of Miami’s leading laser treatment providers. He carries a full range of laser devices for nearly every patient and skin concern.

If you’re interested in laser skin resurfacing, call 786-618-5039 to schedule a consultation. Miami Skin & Vein serves Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and other areas of Florida.




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