About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at Plastic Surgery Vegas is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that utilizes pulsating beams of light to exfoliate dead and damaged skin one layer at a time. We offer several different types of laser treatments, including IPL photofacials, ActiveFX™ CO2 laser, and Cutera's Excel® V. Laser skin resurfacing is performed to reduce facial wrinkles and lines and to minimize skin irregularities, including acne scars, pigmentation, and other issues. Sometimes called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an ideal facial treatment for individuals desiring clearer, softer, and youthful-looking skin. Based on the condition of the patient's skin, the laser may be customized for the best results. There is little recovery time needed with most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any questions or concerns can be reviewed with our skilled team during your initial consultation at our Las Vegas office.
Types of Laser Treatments
Plastic Surgery Vegas has three types of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on the condition of your skin. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers eliminate thin skin layers, like a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that allows the laser technician to minimize skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for skin tightening, treating acne scars, and diminishing wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light creates micro-injuries to the skin to promote the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative treatments are great for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait several months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of ablative and non-ablative that make small holes in the lower layers of the skin. The body's automatic healing leads to tighter, healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be used for deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"The best Drs in Las Vegas, I totally recommend it. Any skin care to a big surgery this is the place to go. Professional care and all the stuff is wonderful too."- M.J. / Facebook / Jan 06, 2022
"I highly recommend Plastic Surgery Vegas for any procedure you are considering. I trust, respect, and admire the expert team at Plastic Surgery Vegas. I have been a loyal patient for over 20 years because of their high quality service and results their team provides. In my opinion, their team has the most qualified, knowledgeable and reputable team available. I have had procedures with Dr. Higgins, all outcomes were so successful. He has a positive, scientific mind in conjunction with his creative talent and concern for his patients makes him the best surgeon. He pays such close attention to detail, which separates him from a good surgeon to a great surgeon. He is conservative and honest on all consultations in which I truly appreciate. I have also seen Dr. Tam for 10+ years for extensive sun damage to my skin. She has completely transformed my injured skin with her expertise, knowledge and knowing the best treatments for her clients' skin over several years. Dr. Tam is exceedingly talented and also pays such attention to the details of your skin and your desired outcome. She also cares that her patients are healthy and is always so thorough in detecting pre-cancer/cancer conditions. I have seen Dawn, the lead aesthetician for almost 20 years and she is such a sold member of the Plastic Surgery Vegas team. She is so knowledgeable about all aspects of the skin and provides great recommendations, skin care and maintenance necessary to maintain healthy skin. Dawn always goes above and beyond to try and accommodate her patients needs. She also has a sincere concern about her patients well being and works hard to accommodate her patients. Dawn is so knowledgeable well beyond her field of expertise. Shona is also an expert in her field. I have seen Shona for over 10 years and have been so satisfied with her recommendations and results. She is so talented and knowledgeable regarding her area of expertise. All my experiences with Shona have been superb. I have never had a negative experience and feel like she does such an amazing job every time I see her. All Plastic Surgery Vegas Doctors, aestheticians, and administrative team are extremely hard working, have a superb work ethic and truly care about the patients in their practice. I admire how effective they coordinate with one another to offer the finest service available to their patients. I highly recommend any Plastic Surgery Vegas expert based on my results over the past 20 years. I am 60 years old and don' t want to look 45 - I just want to look and feel the best I can for 60 years old. Thank you Plastic Surgery Vegas."- J.K. / Google / Aug 26, 2021
"I have been going to Dr. Tam for YEARS. She has changed my face completely! I had lots of scaring from years of acne and now I am so comfortable and confident in my own skin all thanks to her and her team! I don't even wear make up daily! Over the years, I have had multiple laser skin resurfacing and peel treatments with no complications. Now, I go in every 6 months for a chemical peel to keep my skin fresh. The office is beauty, the staff is amazing and I love her assistant Gail! I don't let anyone else touch my face expect for Dr. Tam!"- E.S. / Google / Apr 29, 2022
"Dr. Higgins and all of the staff are exceptional!! Getting my body back after multiple pregnancies and other health issues has been a long journey for me. When I finally succeeded at reaching my goal weight, I was thrilled to be able to finally get to do the “mommy makeover.” It’s a big scary decision and finding such a caring and attentive doctor, nurses and staff is difficult. I was impressed by Dr. Higgins consultation where I didn’t feel pushed into anything I wasn’t comfortable with. He listened carefully to the look I wanted to achieve, and he assured me that he wouldn’t do anything he wouldn’t do to his own family. His assistants were more than helpful answering my emails and inquiries quickly. Before, during and after the surgery they were available and checked on my progress. The operating staff was also so sweet and kind and put my nerves at ease, keeping me laughing till I went in. Dr. Silver even worked when the office was closed during a holiday to get my pesky drain out! (THANK YOU!). Everything went smoothly and I am so ECSTATIC about my results. I did this so I can keep up with my family and gain my confidence back to participate in all the activities that used to hold me back due to being so self conscious. I haven’t felt or looked this great in 20 years!! Nothing can hold me back now! Now I go regularly for skin care as well! This place is gem in our desert. Dr. Higgins and Plastic Surgery Vegas staff, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!! - V"- V.Q. / Google / May 19, 2022
"This office, staff & Doctors are amazing. Truly professionals, very personable and caring. I feel so comfortable and well taken care of every time I visit the office for services or products. I love the skin care line they offer and my face looks so much better after getting on a good regiment using the Anson & Higgins skin care products. I booked a consultation with Dr.Higgins and I loved the suggestions he laid out for my anti-aging strategy. Dr. Higgins is a very good practitioner and obviously excellent at his craft. He really cares about his patients and getting the best natural outcome is his primary goal. I strongly recommend Plastic Surgery Vegas."- L.H. / Google / Feb 18, 2023
There are several factors to consider when choosing which laser procedure is best for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for anyone who is unhappy with their general complexion. If you have skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation issues, a laser skin resurfacing procedure may be helpful to improve these cosmetic flaws. In addition, laser skin resurfacing is wonderful for those who have scaly patches, rough texture, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel is not suggested if you have very dark skin or active acne. Also, it's important to know that there is a recovery period needed after laser therapy. Some patients, based on the condition of their skin, may require up to 2 – 3 weeks to recover.
Laser skin resurfacing
Before you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser treatment, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your session. This helps prep the skin for more effective results. Medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help lessen any pain for greater relaxation throughout your session. If your skin needs mild improvement, local anesthesia will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. For the full face or deeper laser treatments, a kind of sedation may be necessary. During the procedure, you can relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, directly targeting the specific sections for improvement. You will feel the warmth from the laser followed with cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to destroy dead and damaged skin cells while also stimulating new collagen production.
After your treatment
After light laser treatments, a healing ointment will be smoothed over the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin may look red, and there may be some irritation and swelling. This should subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you are getting a more intense laser treatment, your recovery time will take longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings, and the burning, irritation, and swelling symptoms will be more intense. Medication can be prescribed to help reduce these symptoms. The recovery time for a more intense session can last 2 – 3 weeks. All patients need to limit their sun exposure following their treatment and use sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the laser skin resurfacing, the dermis will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It is vital to avoid interfering with the healing process to prevent scarring and to protect the treated area from sun exposure. After the peeling is completed, your skin should feel smoother while appearing clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.
Laser skin resurfacing FAQS
What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
Our team can help you decide which laser skin resurfacing option will best meet your needs and goals in your initial consultation. The best treatment for you will depend on the health and condition of your skin, your unique dermal concerns, and how deep you want your treatment to go. The length of recovery time might also be a consideration when choosing your treatment type. If you are in doubt, it's better to try a lighter treatment to see how you like your outcomes and decide if you want something stronger for your next appointment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
We will give you tips on how you can help your skin heal after a laser resurfacing treatment. The most important rule is to not peel or pick off flaking skin. This can cause long-term damage, including scars. You should skip all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which means no waxing, shaving, or hair creams. We can recommend an ointment to help soothe treated areas.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel?
Once our team has listened to your concerns, we will help you decide if laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel will achieve your goals. Although both of these rejuvenate your skin, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. In your consultation, we can explain each choice and make a suggestion for your treatment.
How often should I get laser skin resurfacing treatments?
Depending on the laser resurfacing method you select for your treatment, you might need to wait weeks or even a few months between appointments. Deep treatments will give you results that last a long time but will require more time for recovery. You should talk to our team about how often you are willing to come back for appointments so we can take this into account when recommending a type of resurfacing during your initial consultation.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing treatment provides amazing results if you are looking to get a younger-looking complexion. If you are considering a laser treatment and would like to hear more about their benefits, as well as other nonsurgical treatments Plastic Surgery Vegas offers, we invite you to call our office in Las Vegas, NV today to schedule your consultation with our skilled team.