What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser Skin Resurfacing | Refine Medical Center | Eugene, OR

Laser treatments are the gold standard way to improve your skin’s tone and texture, and they can remove skin blemishes too. However, the versatility of laser treatments can vary a lot depending on what your needs are, but if you want a laser treatment that can address skin concerns and improve its quality, then consider laser skin resurfacing

Both chemical peels and microdermabrasion resurface your skin from the inside out, removing dead cells and revealing new, healthy ones. While they are indeed effective, their efficiency and efficacy are nowhere near the capabilities of the sophistication of laser skin resurfacing options. 

Laser skin resurfacing is your go-to option if you want a quicker and more effective approach. But before you fo and consider this option, we want to inform you what the treatment entails so that you’ll know what to expect from it. The better you know, the better you can make a more informed decision. 

What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for many different types of acne scars, sun damage, and fine lines. It also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by smoothing out the facial surface. The procedure is usually done in a dermatologist’s office or hospital setting, taking only about 30 minutes or less for most patients.

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

Laser skin resurfacing still uses a skin resurfacing technique, but through laser energy, unlike microdermabrasion.

This technique is used to remove the outer layer of the skin and smooth out wrinkles. This is done by shining a light on the skin that creates heat and then removing the top layer of the epidermis. The cleansed top layer leaves behind a new layer of healthy cells that have been replaced with new collagen and elastin.

Advantages of Laser Skin Resurfacing Over Traditional Skin Resurfacing Methods

Laser skin resurfacing is an innovation league ahead of any traditional skin resurfacing methods. 

You can expect the following advantages of laser skin resurfacing over traditional methods: 

  • Less pain: Laser skin resurfacing causes less discomfort than traditional methods such as dermabrasion or chemical peels. It is also faster, requiring only one or two sessions instead of multiple treatments.
  • Better outcomes: Laser skin resurfacing has been shown to provide better long-term results than traditional methods because it can remove the top layer of the epidermis without damaging underlying layers of connective tissue. Likewise, the application of the lasers allows for more control, producing an even skin tone.
  • More cost-effective: Laser skin resurfacing treatments are more cost-effective in the long run since you want to have to revisit a clinic as much since the results will last a long time. 
  • More comfortable: Laser skin resurfacing treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive compared to other forms of cosmetic surgery, which means no stitches, no anesthesia, and no recovery time.
  • Effective for large lobes and heavy scar tissue: Laser skin resurfacing treatments are highly effective for large lobes, heavy scar tissue, and areas that have been difficult to treat with other methods.

Different Types Of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can be performed in the following ways:

1.) Fractional laser treatment: This treatment uses lasers with different wavelengths and power levels that target other body areas. The laser energy causes the outer layer of the skin cells to die, leaving behind new, healthy cells.

2.) CO2 laser treatment: This type of treatment uses a CO2 gas-based laser with an energy level between 5 and 15 J/cm² that targets blood vessels, pores, and other tissue beneath the skin’s surface. The heat temporarily damages these tissues, which causes them to release collagen into the surrounding area and heal the skin.

3.) Laser resurfacing: This treatment uses a pulsed or continuous laser with an energy level between 60 and 150 J/cm² that targets blood vessels, pores, and other tissue beneath the skin’s surface. The heat temporarily damages these tissues, which causes them to release collagen into the surrounding area and heal the skin.

4.) Laser skin tightening: This treatment uses energy levels between 60 and 150 J/cm² to target blood vessels and tissue under the skin’s surface. The heat temporarily damages these tissues, which causes them to release collagen into the surrounding area and tighten skin.

5.) Erbium laser resurfacing: Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on your face. The treatment works by creating a new layer of smooth skin tissue in the treated area. It’s also an effective treatment for patients with mild to moderate acne scars and post-acne hyperpigmentation. This procedure can also treat rosacea or melasma due to sun exposure.

Darker Skin Doesn’t Disqualify You From Laser Skin Resurfacing

Several misconceptions surround laser resurfacing. One of them is that it is only safe for light-skin types. While it is true that there is a higher risk of injury or discoloration with darker skin, it is important to be aware of specific lasers that are safe alternative options that still involve using lasers. 

Since it can be confusing to choose which laser skin resurfacing is ideal for your skin type, do not hesitate to consult with your provider. Your provider has the necessary expertise and knowledge on skin resurfacing treatment for unique skin conditions for different clients. 

Experience Makes A Difference

Part of getting the best results from skin resurfacing is from the experience and expertise of your provider. The more experienced your provider is, the better the result from the treatment will be. This is because laser skin resurfacing involves many settings that can be adjusted.

These settings help the provider give a more controlled and specific treatment for each patient’s unique skin condition. The better they can adjust the settings, the more accurate the treatment outcomes will be, and that can only come through experience. 


Laser skin resurfacing is the gold standard among all other skin resurfacing techniques. So if you are interested in benefitting from this treatment, contact and reach out to our clinic, Refine Medical Center. We offer aesthetic treatments that help our clients get their ideal aesthetics. 


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