What to Know Before Getting Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments

By: Dr. Travis James


Whether you're battling fine lines on the face, acne scarring, pigmentation irregularities, or other skin concerns, Providence Dermatology offers laser skin resurfacing, using Harmony XL PRO, Hybrid®, and the CO2 laser to rejuvenate your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is a highly customizable procedure that can provide significant improvements in skin appearance and texture. Dr. Travis James is an expert in laser skin resurfacing and can tailor the treatment to your needs. Read on to learn more, then schedule a consultation at our Providence, UT office.

What is laser skin resurfacing, and how does it work?

Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that removes damaged skin cells to stimulate the growth of new ones. The laser passes over your treatment area and targets problem areas with minimal impact on surrounding tissue.

This treatment can effectively address various skin imperfections, such as:

  • Signs of aging: Reduce visible signs of aging like fine lines on the face, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
  • Scars and acne marks: Diminish the appearance of scars and acne marks.
  • Sun damage: Repair and revitalize sun-damaged skin.
  • Uneven skin tone: Balance skin tone and reduce areas of discoloration.
  • Inconsistent skin texture: Minimize pores and create a more even skin texture.

Patients often experience dramatic improvements, even after just one treatment. Depending on your specific goals and skin type, follow-up treatments may enhance results.

How should I prepare for laser skin resurfacing?

Preparation may include avoiding sun exposure and following a prescribed skin care routine. These steps can enhance the effectiveness of the laser, ensuring optimal results. It's also advisable to refrain from smoking and certain medications that may interfere with healing. Your consultation with Dr. James will include detailed pre- and post-treatment instructions tailored to your needs. Adhering to these guidelines will set the stage for a successful procedure and quicker recovery.

What can I expect after laser skin resurfacing?

After your laser skin resurfacing treatment at our Providence, UT office, we’ll send you home with a healing ointment applied to your skin. While your skin may experience swelling or irritation, this should subside after a few days. Your skin will likely start peeling over the next 3 ­– 5 days, during which time your skin will flake and peel off. It is vital during this period that you avoid picking at your skin. Once your skin has stopped peeling, you should start to notice visible improvements in your skin.

What are the post-treatment care and possible side effects?

Proper aftercare is essential to achieve the best results from your laser skin resurfacing treatment. Providence Dermatology's medical team will guide you through the recovery process, addressing any redness, swelling, or discomfort that might occur. You'll receive specific instructions on cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin as it heals. Avoiding sun exposure and following a gentle skin care routine will support the healing process. With proper care, side effects are generally minimal and temporary, leading to beautiful, lasting results.

Achieve smoother, stunning skin with laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing at Providence Dermatology offers an effective solution for various skin concerns. From fine lines on the face to uneven skin texture, acne scarring, and more, this procedure delivers results that can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence. Understanding the process, preparation, results, and aftercare will empower you to make an informed decision. If you've been considering a skin rejuvenation treatment, laser skin resurfacing with Dr. Travis James could be the perfect solution. Schedule a consultation at our Providence, UT office to discuss your goals and explore your options. Your journey to beautiful, radiant skin starts here.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.