Laser skin resurfacing uses beams of light to reduce facial wrinkles, scars, and blemishes. Concentrated, pulsating light beams are directed at the treatment area to remove damaged skin precisely, one skin layer at a time. The laser beam removes the outer layer of skin while simultaneously heating the underlying layer to trigger fresh collagen growth.
How Long Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Take?
A laser skin resurfacing procedure typically takes between 30 minutes and two hours to perform. To prepare your skin for the procedure, the doctor may start you on a series of customized treatments beginning weeks before your skin resurfacing is scheduled. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The provider will numb the skin with a topical anesthetic to make your treatment more comfortable. Laser skin resurfacing may be performed using an erbium laser. When the procedure is complete, the doctor will apply a special dressing to protect the treatment area.