Laser Skin Resurfacing in Providence, UT

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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing with a laser at Providence Dermatology is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to eliminate damaged surface skin layer by layer. The treatment reduces facial lines and wrinkles and improves skin irregularities, like acne scars, pigmentation, and more. Also known as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an effective treatment for people desiring clearer, softer, youthful-looking skin. The laser may be customized accordingly based on the patient's skin needs. There is some downtime required for most laser skin resurfacing facials. Dr. James utilizes the revolutionary Harmony XL PRO, Hybrid®, and CO2 lasers. Depending on your needs, Dr. James may also recommend a lighter treatment with a non-ablative laser, which does not remove any skin. Any concerns or questions can be reviewed with Providence, UT Dr. Travis James during the consultation.



At Providence Dermatology, we know that the skin may become increasingly dehydrated, flat, and expressionless as we age. With laser skin resurfacing treatments, we can provide our Providence, UT patients a chance at new skin with a procedure that provides many wonderful benefits:

  • Minimized appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Minimization of pores and inconsistent skin texture
  • Reduced appearance of scars and sun damage
  • Improved confidence and self-efficacy surrounding your skin's appearance

There are several factors to consider when selecting which kind of laser skin resurfacing procedure is best for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward patients who are unhappy with their skin's appearance. Individuals with sun damage, acne scars, age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, redness, or pigmentation troubles, may be ideal candidates for this treatment. In addition, this laser skin resurfacing effectively helps individuals who have a rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. Laser skin resurfacing isn't suggested if you have dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. In addition, it is important to understand that there is a recovery period needed after laser therapy. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require up to 2 – 3 weeks to recover.

How is Laser Skin Resurfacing Performed?

Before you are scheduled for a deeper or more intense laser resurfacing session, you may be given a topical retinoid for a few weeks before your laser procedure at Providence Dermatology. The retinoid helps prep the skin for more effective results. Medication will be suggested prior to the treatment to help lessen discomfort for greater relaxation during your appointment. If your skin only needs mild correction, local anesthesia may be applied to numb certain areas of the face. Some form of sedation may be used for the full face or more intense laser treatments. Throughout the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over the skin, precisely targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel heat from the laser, followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser removes damaged and dead skin cells while prompting new collagen production.

The lighter treatment option, or non-ablative laser, does not remove any skin. While it does disrupt the surface, patients will leave our office with skin that appears pink and slightly swollen. The milder, non-ablative laser stimulates deeper layers of the skin to initiate increased collagen growth. With this treatment, the patient will have minimal to no downtime.

I went in for a CO2 laser treatment for acne scarring on my nose and cheeks. Dr. James was very receptive to working on the areas that were most bothersome. I am currently 7-weeks post treatment and have been very pleased with the results thus far. My skin is smoother and less red. Dr. James is a very friendly and skilled doctor to work with. I encourage anyone looking to undergo laser treatments to seek out Dr. James for their future procedures.

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Providence Dermatology laser skin resurfacing treatments provide outstanding outcomes if you want a younger-looking complexion. If you are curious about a laser peel and would like to hear more information about its benefits, as well as other nonsurgical options at our Providence, UT office, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. James.

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How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

Your laser skin resurfacing cost will vary based on the type of treatment you get. In your initial consultation, Dr. James will understand your concerns and goals before discussing the different types of resurfacing. Then, he can help you choose your resurfacing treatment and talk to you about costs. Providence Dermatology regularly offers treatment specials and packages, so be sure to ask during your appointment.

What's the difference between a laser peel and a chemical peel?

Both chemical peels and laser peels (laser skin resurfacing) work to improve the skin's appearance by removing dead and damaged layers of skin cells. The primary difference between a laser peel and a chemical peel is the mechanism by which the skin is removed. In a chemical peel, a specialized topical solution is applied to the skin's surface, while a laser peel relies on laser energy to remove the damaged layer of skin.

Is laser skin resurfacing safe for dark skin?

Patients with certain skin types, dark skin tones, and some conditions - like an active infection or open sore - may not qualify for laser skin resurfacing. However, with multiple types of laser skin resurfacing available as well as alternative skin rejuvenation treatments, our knowledgeable team can help recommend a solution that may be safe, appropriate, and effective for you.

Will I need to take off work for laser skin resurfacing?

Many patients choose to schedule their laser skin resurfacing treatment ahead of a long weekend or holiday to allow their skin time to flake away and heal while they are in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Lighter treatments and nonablative laser treatments often require less recovery time, if any, which may be a desirable alternative for those patients who aren't able to take away from work.

What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
Dr. James can help you choose which laser resurfacing option fits your concerns and goals during your initial consultation. What treatment is best for you will depend on the condition of your skin, your skin issues, and the skin depth you want your treatment to reach. How long you are willing to give your recovery might also be a deciding consideration when you create a treatment plan. When in doubt, it's best to start with a milder treatment to see how you like your outcomes and adjust as needed for your second appointment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Dr. James or someone on his team will talk to you about how you can help your skin heal following your laser treatment. The number one rule is don't peel or pick flaking skin. This can create lasting damage including scars. You need to forgo all hair removal methods in the treatment area, which includes shaving, waxing, or depilatory creams. We can recommend an ointment to help soothe treated areas.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.