Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing at our Greater Houston, TX, locations allows women and men across a wide age range to achieve fresher, healthier, and more evenly pigmented skin. Our providers offer customizable resurfacing treatments using CO2 and erbium lasers, along with gentler Q-switched Ruby and Nd:YAG lasers. Wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven coloration can all be minimized with the right resurfacing approach.

Our providers have extensive experience in laser treatments and will recommend the most effective and least aggressive treatment necessary to help you address any concerns you may have.

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What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that firms, smooths, and rejuvenates the skin by removing damaged outer layers of cells and revealing the healthy, younger-looking tissues underneath. Many approaches also stimulate collagen production for ongoing improvement.

What Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

The CO2 and erbium lasers work together to address surface concerns and tighten the tissue underneath the skin. The concerns most effectively treated by a combination of CO2 and erbium laser resurfacing include:

  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Mottled pigmentation
  • Scarring
  • Moderate wrinkles

These lasers are ideal for treating lines around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks, and they yield exceptional results in reducing the fine, vertical lines around the lips. This combined approach can effectively minimize wrinkles while improving the tone and texture of the skin.

Other approaches to laser skin rejuvenation include Clear + Brilliant® and PicoSure®.

How Do the Q-Switched Ruby Laser and Nd:YAG Lasers Work?

A gentler alternative to other laser skin resurfacing approaches, this approach is ideal if your main concerns are related to pigmentation. These lasers specifically target the darker region of skin being treated and clear the lesion, leaving healthy surrounding skin unharmed.

Our doctors use these state-of-the-art lasers to treat a wide variety of pigmented lesions, such as:

  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Brown spots
  • Birthmarks
  • Tattoos
  • Solar lentigos (sun spots)
  • Nevus of Ota (melasma)

How Does Fraxel Work?

One of the most popular options for laser skin resurfacing, Fraxel removes dead skin and stimulates collagen remodeling for a powerful anti-aging effect. Learn more on our Fraxel page.

How Should I Prepare for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Our doctors typically recommend pre-treating the face with topical creams for 2 weeks prior to the procedure. At your consultation, your provider will give you instructions around this pre-treatment and any other preparation steps that may be necessary.

What Is Recovery Like After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

The recovery period after laser skin resurfacing can range from 5 to 10 days. It can involve varying degrees of redness, peeling, and swelling, depending on which laser was used.

Your skin may be pink for a few months following treatment, but this can be covered effectively with makeup. You’ll also need to diligently wear sunscreen to protect your newly sun-sensitive skin from UV damage.

How Many Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments Will I Need?

Most people require multiple treatments to achieve the best results. The number of treatments you’ll need will vary depending on how deep, expansive, and severe your concerns are.

To start your laser skin resurfacing treatments, please call one of our specialists at a location near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are laser treatments good for the skin?

Laser skin resurfacing effectively treats multiple skin conditions and can improve the appearance of the skin. The key is choosing a highly qualified provider to avoid risks such as discoloration, burns, or scarring. It’s also important to follow post-treatment care instructions closely, such as limiting sun exposure and not picking at crusty skin during the healing process.

How long do results of laser resurfacing last?

Many people notice immediate results after laser skin resurfacing which continue to get better for several months to a year. The results are long-lasting but the skin continues to age so patients will notice new wrinkles appear. You can extend the results of your treatment by applying sunscreen daily and avoiding prolonged sun exposure, in addition to moisturizing your skin routinely.

Are lasers better than microneedling and microdermabrasion treatments to fight aging?

As experts in cosmetic dermatology, our providers assess each patient’s skin and recommend the treatment that’s best suited to their concerns and goals. One treatment is necessarily “better” than another. The choice of treatment is one you can make after consulting with a skin care professional.

Are laser skin treatments painful?

A patient’s experience during a laser skin treatment depends on the specific laser involved. We can ensure patients remain as comfortable as possible by applying a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area if desired. In most cases, patients describe laser treatments as similar to a rubber band snapping the skin.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects following laser skin resurfacing treatments are redness, swelling, itchiness, and mild discomfort. Applying cold compresses reduces swelling and discomfort. More serious complications can occur but the risks are greatly reduced when you choose a qualified, experienced provider.

Are laser skin treatments safe?

Laser treatments are nonsurgical procedures but they still involve some risk. As mentioned above, when laser skin treatments are performed by highly qualified providers, the procedures are very safe.

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