Published on February 25, 2022

The 5 Steps of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a type of skin care procedure performed by a dermatologist or physician. It involves using lasers to help improve skin texture and appearance.


Depending on your individual needs, your doctor may recommend either ablative or non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers include carbon dioxide (CO2) or Erbium. CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are used to get rid of scars, warts, and deep wrinkles. Erbium is used for finer lines and wrinkles, along with other superficial skin concerns. Both types of ablative lasers remove outside layers of the skin.

Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, don’t remove any skin layers. These include pulsed light, pulsed-dye lasers, and fractional lasers. Non-ablative lasers may be used for rosacea, spider veins, and acne-related skin concerns.

If you are thinking about using laser skin resurfacing to repair or rejuvenate your look, and are wondering about the process, here are the 5 steps:

Step 1: Having a Consultation

The first step is to have a consultation where we can evaluate your goals and identify problem areas you'd like to target. With this information, we can begin to create your personal treatment plan.

Step 2: Creating Your Personal Treatment Plan

The next step is that we create your plan based on your time availability and goals set in the consultation. We will take the information received during the consultation and create a plan that best fits your needs.

Step 3: Receiving Treatment

The process of receiving treatment is fairly quick and smooth. If a mild laser resurfacing is the procedure of choice, then just washing the face is all that is required. The heavier treatments require topical anesthetic for 30 minutes after washing the face. The laser is then run over the entire face for 20 minutes, and then the specific problem areas are addressed with multiple passes of the laser. The treatment feels like a warm, pain-free sensation, and the next few day your face feels tighter and smoother.

Step 4: Follow up Care

Follow up care for laser skin resurfacing is minor. If you've had the more aggressive treatment done, then the skin turns a slight pink for up to a week. Since the new skin is tender at first, use Aquaphor ointment for 5 days after treatment. After that initial recovery time, you're all set! For many, the healing time is very quick.

Step 5: Maintenance

Your skin in renewed from the laser treatment and you want to keep it looking vibrant and smooth! Maintain its new health and glow by keeping your skin moisturized, staying hydrated, and keeping protected from heavy sun exposure. There are many great ways to maintain a healthy glow and keeping up those habits will help you maintain the new skin you have through your laser skin resurfacing treatment.

Take a look at the difference it makes, learn more about your options, and help yourself face the world in a refreshed way! 

Contact SightMD today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss your non-surgical cosmetic options at one of our convenient locations!