laser.resurfacing.antiagingLaser skin resurfacing is an excellent way to produce a smoother, more even complexion. The procedure can also address a wealth of minor skin imperfections, particularly those that appear as a result of the aging process. A variety of laser procedures allow the cosmetic surgeon to customize treatments to a patient’s specific needs and desired outcome.

What can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

Laser skin resurfacing addresses a variety of skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Thinning skin
  • Shallow scarring from varicella and acne

The procedure is most effective on fairer skin types, which tend to show the results of sun damage and aging quicker.  Less melanin (pigment) in lighter skin increases the risk of irregular pigmentation due to light absorption from excessive sun exposure.  The fractional CO2 laser heats water within the surface layers of the skin.  This causes the water and surrounding tissue to turn into vapor in a precise and controlled way.  Laser treatments stimulate collagen production, leading to thicker, smoother skin as.  As the skin heals the new collagen improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigment changes of the skin.  This results in smoother more even toned and youthful appearing skin.

Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing

The best candidates for laser skin resurfacing are:

  •  Men and women at any age that want to improve the overall appearance of the skin
  • Individuals willing to follow a prescribed skin care regimen to maximize results

There are some individuals who might not be good candidates for laser skin resurfacing, including those with darker skin tones. Other concerns might include:

  • Patients with an active acne condition, particularly if it is severe
  • Active infections, both viral and bacterial conditions
  • Patients who smoke or just recently quit smoking
  • Those who are taking Accutane or have taken it in the last two years

While these factors may not entirely rule out a patient for laser resurfacing, they are concerns that should be discussed with the physician performing the procedure. In addition, it is important for patients to share concerns and desired outcomes with the physician, to determine whether laser skin resurfacing is the best option.

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to achieve a younger, fresher appearance. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with little discomfort or downtime. To learn more about this procedure, visit Dr. Geoffrey Leber’s website at or contact the staff at Dr. Geoffrey Leber’s office at 480-945-5522 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Leber.


Before and after Total FX fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing in this 63-year-old patient performed by Geoffrey Leber, MD.