Facial Laser Resurfacing

What is laser facial treatment?

Laser facial treatment involves resurfacing of the facial skin using a laser. It is useful for removing the top layers of the skin, and hence wrinkles, but it cannot remove deep wrinkles, sagging skin and extra fat, which requires a surgical facelift. So it is usually most effective in people in their 30s and 40s.
What happens during laser facial treatment?

The laser can be focused on problem wrinkle areas, for example around the eyes, mouth or nose, or the whole surface of the face can be targeted. As the laser beam is used, it feels like an elastic band hitting the skin. The laser vaporises the upper skin layers, which allows the skin to regenerate in a more organised fashion to produce a softer, less wrinkled surface. The procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthetic, lasts from a few seconds up to a few hours, depending on the area of skin being treated. If the procedure is combined with other cosmetic surgery, a general anaesthetic may be required.
After the laser treatment, the face may be covered with antibiotic cream and a dressing, or it may be left uncovered. Swelling and redness of the skin with bruising may occur, or scabs may form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    about how much would a laser facial resurfacing treatment cost?
    this would be for diminishing scars and large pores

    • ANSWER:
      Go in for a free consultation.They will check your skin and tell you what you need exactly.

  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had (facial) laser resurfacing done?
    How long did it last before you thought about getting more procedures? What kind of compliments have you gotten? How long did it take for your skin's redness to fade? How painful was it? Would you do it all over again...was it worth it? Do you or someone you know have any long-term side effects from it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I did a few years ago. When I first had it done, I didn't really see that much improvement, but other people commented that my skin was 'immaculate' lol. The redness took a couple of months to reside completely. It wasn't that painful, just a bit uncomfortable for the first few days after. I guess the only painful part was trying to clean my skin, but apart from that it was fine. Overall, my skin was smoother, with increased elasticity and a more even skin tone.

      I'm probably going to have a TCA peel next time, as it is less expensive and has less downtime. HTH : )

  3. QUESTION:
    Please share with me your experience with facial laser resurfacing. I am about to make my decision on it.?
    was it worth it to you?
    would you do it now, knowing what you know.
    Has it made a difference in how you feel about your looks?
    how's recovery coming along?
    is your face still noticably red? How long has it been?
    are you looking to have it done again after 2 years?

    Thank you so much for honest, and serious answers
    Having this done due to teen acne scarring!

    • ANSWER:
      A friend of mine had this done for her acne scars. The pain was not too bad, like being snapped with an elastic in the more sensitive areas.
      Although her skin did look better (more even toned, smaller pores, the very shallow scars almost gone) her deeper acne scars didn't look much better. She went for the lighter resurfacing that was 6 treatments over 3 months rather than the one deep resurfacing. She had it done on a Friday and her face recovered over the weekend so that by Monday it didn't look like more than a light sunburn. Most people never noticed.
      She later went for collagen injections into her deeper scars. This final touch made the difference, although she will have to repeat the collagen treatment twice a year to keep the look up. She said she would do it again. The bonus was that the fine lines on her face were also gone.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can a guy get laser resurfacing?
    Does laser resurfacing treatment affect facial hair growth?

    I want to get some scarring fixed on my face, but not if it's going to affect hair growth. Does anyone know if it acts like laser hair removal? Or does it have no affect on the hair growth what-so-ever?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Not entirely sure. You should go to (or ring) a business that deals with skin resurfacing and ask them.
      Different types of lasers are used for different types of problems so I'm sure that you could fix the scars without affecting hair growth.

  5. QUESTION:
    Question About Facial Laser Removal?
    Anyone Done Laser Treatments?
    Anyone Done Laser Treatments?
    Any Dermatologist Here?
    So I was asking different Facial Laser Resurfacing/dermatologist places in my area, to remove acne scars and moles/freckles on my face and was going to go with the guy that responded with the message below, does that look like the accurate treatments? Does it sound okay?

    "It's great to hear from you. We have Diode laser 532nm for spot
    treatments of freckles, IPL for treatment of sun damage/sun spots on
    entire face, and Spectra laser for mole laser removal. Suspicious or
    irritated moles sometimes can be removed and submitted to PPO
    insurance. Age may not be an issue, accumulation of sun damage would
    be. I would have you call **** for an in-office consultation.
    Sincerely, W ***"

    "Cost of Diode laser is 0/session for affected areas on face, IPL is
    5/session, Spectra laser is 0/session. Package discounts
    available. If you have flexible spending account or HSA, we may be
    able to use those as well. Best, W "

    THANKS

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Seeking Help for Post-Laser Treated Facial Skin?
    Hello all. I had a facial resurfacing procedure performed during the Summer of '05 with a top Laser Specialist in Florida, mostly to "rejuvenate" the delicate facial skin that had been previously ravaged from severe acne followed by the ensuing scarring. I was told it would take up to 2, 2 1/2 years for the skin to grow back and become "new" altogether.

    Now in this past year or so, I've developed a serious redness which encompasses the entire area of the procedure. My skin is super sensitive, so much so that if any cleanser apart from a seriously creamy moisturizing one is used, I develop little red bumps and even clusters of whiteheads on my cheeks, which baffles me as I don't suffer from acne anymore at all. It seems like I have a permanent sunburn, and of course my face's discolorations intensify with any sun exposure, or when excersing or strenuating.

    Can anyone offer advice?? I'm looking to see a different dermatologist, since the original Laser Dr. is 1200 miles away.

    • ANSWER:
      I work for some dermatologists and they have a line that is just for extremely sensitive skin. It actually desensitizes it by rebuilding the lipid barrier. It takes away the redness as well. You might want to consider treating your sensitive skin to a skincare regimen meant to rebuild that sensitive skin.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone Done Laser Treatments?
    Anyone Done Laser Treatments?
    Any Dermatologist Here?
    So I was asking different Facial Laser Resurfacing/dermatologist places in my area, to remove acne scars and moles/freckles on my face and was going to go with the guy that responded with the message below, does that look like the accurate treatments? Does it sound okay?

    "It's great to hear from you. We have Diode laser 532nm for spot
    treatments of freckles, IPL for treatment of sun damage/sun spots on
    entire face, and Spectra laser for mole laser removal. Suspicious or
    irritated moles sometimes can be removed and submitted to PPO
    insurance. Age may not be an issue, accumulation of sun damage would
    be. I would have you call **** for an in-office consultation.
    Sincerely, W ***"

    "Cost of Diode laser is 0/session for affected areas on face, IPL is
    5/session, Spectra laser is 0/session. Package discounts
    available. If you have flexible spending account or HSA, we may be
    able to use those as well. Best, W "

    THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Laser treatment is very expensive. There are other much cheaper ways of removing acne scars and other skin imperfections that are very effective. I suggest you try dermarolling. Many people have had great results removing their acne scars using dermarolling. You can buy a good dermaroller for around . I recommend using the dermaroller in combination with Retin A cream (which is known to increase collagen production and repair scarred tissue) to achieve maximal results.

  8. QUESTION:
    Which is better, photo facial, microderm or peels -- for sking resurfacing, pore size etc?
    I asked a question before but i didnt include photo facials (laser) -- theyre pricey! what do you folks think?

    • ANSWER:
      They are all great treatments, but it really depends on what results you are looking for. I would try microdermabrasion first, but with an esthetician, not at home. While you are there, ask for their recommendation for more intesive treatments like photo facials and chemical peels. Hope this helps!

  9. QUESTION:
    Laser Resurfacing on ice pick scars?
    I had severe acne, just recovered from it.
    but I have serious scarring, i.e. pigmentation and ice pick scars, i.e. 3-D scars, a depression down the dermis.

    I do exfoliating daily, using scrub facial foam. apart from that I also tried using sugar to exfoliate, the pigmentation decreased but the 3-D scars (ice pick scars) still remains.

    Can laser resurfacing decrease both type of scars? can I still achieve flawless skin?
    I saw someone commented that the scars will still remain, but it will effectively improve.

    In that case, do laser resurfacing hurt? What are some places to do laser resurfacing in Singapore?
    and, what kind of laser resurfacing is the best?
    How much does it cost?

    I hope people are kind enough to tell me. I have suffered enough of acne and the scars left behind.
    People are disgusted and keep a distance from me because of my acne and scars, especially the redness it gives me.

    I thank all kind souls. =D
    and how long's the entire process. etc.
    I hope to receive information about the laser resurfacing before I do it.

    • ANSWER:
      Although laser resurfacing will help an ice pick type acne scar to some extent, the surgical approach with surgical subscission is a better approach, followed by either dermabrasion or laser resurfacing. I"m sure that you can find a qualified dermatologist in Singapore to perform this for you. You might want to try the national hospital there first. When I last visited it, they were very up to date.

  10. QUESTION:
    how much do these acne things cost?
    facial laser resurfacing or chemical peels (done at md office)

    which one is more effective and how much do they cost?

    • ANSWER:
      depends on if your talking about a beauty salon that gets rid of pimples by microdermibrasion or chemical peels, even oxygen infusion. It can be quite costly. Opting for cremes and ointemnts would usually cost round about from .99- .00. MIcrodermabrasion can cost from 0+ same goes with chemical peels and oxy infusions.

  11. QUESTION:
    Has anyone in their mid to late twenties had laser skin resurfacing to treat under eye fine lines or wrinkles?
    I am a 27 year old, female. I don't have any facial wrinkles, but I have very dark circles and fine lines under my eyes. I feel like I look older than I should because of this. I want to get laser skin resurfacing, but I want to know if anyone has had this done at this age or around this age. I want to know how long did it took for your skin to heal after the procedure, and how you feel now? Do you think you look better or younger? Please let me know. Thank you so much!!!

    • ANSWER:
      it seems young for this to be happening to you.

      did you play sports that required you to be in the sun like Volleyball or Tennis?

      dark circles: you may want to drink more water, better diet (green leafy vegetables, green tea)

      the wrinkles: more collagen producing foods, moisturizing creams, 100% pure aloe vera, emu oil and if this doesn't work possibly get juvederm

      did you know some moisturizing creams are bad for you and actually induce more wrinkles?

  12. QUESTION:
    What's the best laser skin resurfacing treatment/treatment for penetrating deep layers and lot leavin damage?
    Hello , I really need to strip away the layers of my skin, as there damaged through heat and sunburn, and burning through stuffy humid air in general,

    I'm 20 but over the last 6 moths various mishaps made my white skin go yellow and red under layer of damaged skin.

    Just wondeering what's the best for removing many layers of skin.

    I hear fraxel has many problems like people coming out worse than they went in hyperpigmentation etc.

    So was wondering what's the best most effective and most safest,

    fraxel, pearl, c02, eribium or some other treatment though laser or not, but not some weak little facial that's not gonin 2 make a huge differenec,

    Is fraxel ok or what"?

    • ANSWER:
      The newer one is profractional laser and it doesn't work better then fraxel.

  13. QUESTION:
    Any Dermatologist Here?
    So I was asking different Facial Laser Resurfacing/dermatologist places in my area, to remove acne scars and moles/freckles on my face and was going to go with the guy that responded with the message below, does that look like the accurate treatments? Does it sound okay?

    "It's great to hear from you. We have Diode laser 532nm for spot
    treatments of freckles, IPL for treatment of sun damage/sun spots on
    entire face, and Spectra laser for mole laser removal. Suspicious or
    irritated moles sometimes can be removed and submitted to PPO
    insurance. Age may not be an issue, accumulation of sun damage would
    be. I would have you call **** for an in-office consultation.
    Sincerely, W ***"

    "Cost of Diode laser is 0/session for affected areas on face, IPL is
    5/session, Spectra laser is 0/session. Package discounts
    available. If you have flexible spending account or HSA, we may be
    able to use those as well. Best, W "

    THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      better to consult your doctor

  14. QUESTION:
    Facial scar plumper?
    Ive got a very small shallow scar on one of my cheeks which bothers me alot though its not that noticeable. Ive had several microdermabration treatments on it, Ive even bought a diamond dermabration machine to try and even it out with time. At the moment I'm also having pixel laser skin resurfacing on it but though it seems to slightly even it out nothing is taking the shallowness out of it. Does anybody know if any treatments you can do on OLD scars to plump it up perminately? Ive phoned and asked around but most places only do semi perminate fillers, the only other option I can think of is fat transfare but I've been told its a couple of thousand to get done. I'm willing to pay a couple of hundred but thats as far as I will go. Any suggestions will be appreciated : )

    • ANSWER:
      I think Vasline will help..

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever been to Sleek MedSpa?
    They are supposed to be really good (rated top 10 in nyc) but I dont want to go there if they are more mediocre in the facials and peels department. All I know is that they have great reviews for breast implants lol (their site even introduces you with a video about celebrity breast implants). Im calling for a consultation but I heard they really pressure you and say you need this since you're so ugly. (probably why a lot of people end up getting plastic surgery there) Well, Im just looking for the BEST facials and peels. not customer service. so...do they give good facials and peels or laser treatments? i have this one indented scar that I would like to get rid of. It can only be removed with laser resurfacing or professional treatment being indented. Its justa short way from where I live but I dont want to end up going there, find out their facial treatments are not good, but end up being traumatized into getting plastic surgery. The last spa I went to, the lady used the scare tactic and I haven't returned since.
    http://sleekmedspa.com/

    and trust me...Im a pushover so there is a chance I might fall for the plastic surgery thing. Somehow, I was pressured into buying a ,000 carpet last year in Turkey LMAO. and Im a teen haha.

    • ANSWER:
      U callin me ugly!?

      Cuz I saw you type "you're so ugly"...
      Ima stick my shoe up your butt. and yur gonna love it!
      bahahaha <3

  16. QUESTION:
    Acne scar laser treatment?
    I don't think I have that many acne scars, maybe a few but they are not that dark. Some of them have begun to fade away already (thanks to a bleaching agent given to me by my dermatologist). Well, but when I went to my dermatologist today his employees (probably nurses) kept telling me that I had too many dark scars and that my skin was deeply blemished. I didn't think that was the case but they seemed to have dramatized my condition. Anyhow, they convinced me to go through a treatment called Erbium laser treatment, but I'm not sure if I should go through so much pain and a long recovery period just for moderate facial imperfections. All I want to do is heal the acne scars, not resurfacing or sanding the face. Anyone who is EXPERIENCED enough to give me advice? thanks very much.

    • ANSWER:
      Laser acne scar treatment is an effective way to get rid of your scars, but it is expensive and also quite a hassle for small and not extreme acne scars.

      So if you think that is your case, why not try some other easier ways - like acne scar removal creams, and other natural methods?

  17. QUESTION:
    What Would Be the Best Choice(s) in Treating Acne, Acne Scars, Clogged Pores, & Dark Spots?
    I am 17 yrs old and I am curious as to what would be in my best interest for treating my acne related issues. My acne is very light and pretty much under control now. I seem to break-out more so during hormonal cycles in which my skin gets very oily (I get white heads and a couple cysts). Although, even after my break-outs have surpassed, white heads under my nose, cheeks and chin persists. Fortunately, they are not as bad as they once were. Some of it has left very superficial atrophic scars. I know most doctors note that scars cannot be 100% completely removed, but I have also researched that depending on the severity of the scarring you can get a complete or almost complete improvement/removal. My scars are not severe in size, but there are more than just a few (I am also afraid of the gradual effect if left untreated). My scars are fairly new in arrival which I also know serves as a great factor in completely improving the scars' appearance. I have been researching a many of treatment options from: every kind of chemical peels, laser resurfacing, surgical procedures (subsicion and punch excision i.e.), fillers, topicals, abrasions (dermabrasion, microderm, etc), and other ablative and non-ablative procedures. {My personal health/ health habits are right on point, if I might add.} I do know that scars are formed from the loss off tissue and also collagen, so I have concluded that the best treatment(s) will address the restoration/repair of the skin/skin surface and rebuild collagen growth. I also know that I have to go to the right dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon with much practice in the area of scar removal. The only thing is I am CONFUSED! On one site "this treatment works" than on another "it doesn't", or that "you can improve them" and "you can't". I am completely confident that my scars are 95%~100% prone to improvement if given the proper guidance to the PROPER treatment. My skin is not extremely sensitive (though, it can be sensitive to some extent), it also very tough, and I am of a lighter skin-tone. Money is not much of issue, nor, is [down] time. Help me please! If I can just get the answers that will help I can move on to the next steps of this which will be consultation (finding the right doctor) etc etc..... HELP! PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

    **Excuse the excessive run-ons and grammatical errors. I was rushing a bit. Also, I would appreciate it if the answer was from someone very knowledgeable in this criteria or has experienced it personally. I honestly do not want temporary fulfillment (fillers) so something with long term effects**

    • ANSWER:
      A damn good male dermatologist who has a skin spa, be prepared to take meds, apply topicals, have skin peels, etc. You will be under the care of the derm, but you will also be cared for by his people, who will help you a lot. Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    Very large pores, like an old orange peel! State of the art procedures?
    I have developed an area of really large pores around (and on) my nose. No matter how much I keep them clean, use "tightening" products, over the counter dermabrasion, blot, etc. they are just there and just big. My mom and grandmother both have this too, so I'm sure they are hereditary. They really do detract from the look of my skin. What is the best, longish-lasting "professional" procedure these days for this? Laser resurfacing? Are chemical peels actaully worth anything? Is it that dramatic? Any estimates on price range? I am turning 40 this summer, look very young for my age, but have decided to treat myself to a couple "minor" facial procedures to thumb my new decade right in the face when it arrives. ;)
    Thanks for the input, Snorky (I think the first two answerers need Reading Comprehension 101...)

    In the meanwhile, do you find the Clinique product better than any ole' drugstore silicon-style filler? I love Clinique, but haven't heard of/tried that product yet. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Oh I SO have the same problem. It drives me mad. My nose looks awful....huge open pores, and looks just like a shiny orange...but it isn't orange, if you know what I mean. :) I also have broken veins. Otherwise, my skin is ok at 46. At the moment I use Clinique pore reducer ..it sort of fills in the holes like polyfilla (lol) but I would like a permanent and better solution.

      I will be watching this question!! I would love to know how to fix this.

      PS. Forty ain't that bad. Promise.

      Edit: Tried all sorts of fillers...Tri Aktiline is good, but it is not flesh coloured, and you can't wear make up over or under it. (I need something to cover my broken veins as well.) The Clinique one is skin coloured, so it works for me.

      Also been googling the subject and it seems the CO2 laser is presently the best for resurfacing open pores...in the UK at least. Think I might go for it! Good luck with whatever you decide to do x

  19. QUESTION:
    My skin makes me look so ugly!?
    Please help me... This is what I already do to achieve good and healthy skin: I eat really healthy, I exercise, I use facial scrubs, olive oils and I use moisturizer. I have tried everything, but it only makes my skin worse or not diverse at all. I have read about laser skin resurfacing. Please help me, cuzz I feel reallllly ugly!

    • ANSWER:
      Stop using facial scrubs, and olive oil.
      that isn't giving your skin any favors.
      Scrubbing it is irritating the skin and causing it to have an inflammatory response.
      olive oil, is comedogenic. You need to add moisture to the skin not oil. Oil is produced to trap dirt on your face. Thats the last thing you want to put on your face.

      My derm told me this oil craze is complete and utter crap!

      My derm put me on this routine:
      wash your face with fragance free simple soap.
      http://www.simpleskincare.com.au/

      gave me a prescription for retin-a
      http://beauty.about.com/b/2007/12/17/why-i-love-retin-a-will-never-ever-stop-using-it.htm

      Try one of these moisturizers instead of oil:
      Nothing overly fancy, i use the graftobianoxyderm one. Love it.
      http://inmykit.com/inmykit/skincare.htm

  20. QUESTION:
    Very large pores, like an old orange peel! State of the art procedures?
    I have developed an area of really large pores around (and on) my nose. No matter how much I keep them clean, use "tightening" products, over the counter dermabrasion, blot, etc. they are just there and just big. My mom and grandmother both have this too, so I'm sure they are hereditary. They really do detract from the look of my skin. What is the best, longish-lasting "professional" procedure these days for this? Laser resurfacing? Are chemical peels actaully worth anything? Is it that dramatic? Any estimates on price range? I am turning 40 this summer, look very young for my age, but have decided to treat myself to a couple "minor" facial procedures to thumb my new decade right in the face when it arrives. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Microdermabrasion by an actual esthetician will really help with that, with a series. and chemical peels would also work great for that. Go see a licensed esthetician.



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