Smooth, flawless skin can go a long way in helping you feel fresh-faced and beautiful. Unfortunately, nobody’s skin can escape the effects of time. When your age, the environment, and your lifestyle begin to appear in the form wrinkles, age spots, and sagging, laser skin resurfacing treatments can help you turn back the clock. From her office in Dumfries, Virginia, aesthetic specialist Dr. Zerline Chambers-Kersey and her top-notch team use advanced laser technology to revitalize skin and reduce the appearance of aging. If you’re in the Prince William County area, call or book your appointment online today.

Skin Resurfacing Q & A

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing works by delivering precision light energy into the deepest layers of your skin, where it targets excess pigment, stimulates collagen growth and helps tighten underlying tissues.

Dr. Chambers-Kersey and her team use the state-of-the-art xeo® laser by Cutera® to address skin flaws without harming surrounding tissues. This multi-application system is safe and effective for all skin types, and can be used to treat a wide range of spot sizes and colors.

As the heated tissue begins a healing process to form new, healthier tissue, you’ll see smoother, more youthful skin with fewer wrinkles, age spots, and flaws.

What are the benefits of laser skin treatments?

Laser skin resurfacing may not be able to completely correct every flaw, but it can significantly improve the appearance of a variety of issues, including:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Blotchy, uneven skin tone or texture
  • Sun-damaged skin, including age spots
  • Surfaces scars, including acne scars
  • Rosacea and capillaries near the skin’s surface
  • Spider veins on the face, neck, and legs
  • Actinic keratosis (AK), a precancerous growth

Which areas of the body can be treated?

Laser skin resurfacing is commonly used to treat facial skin, particularly perceived problem areas like age-related wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.

It can also be used to rejuvenate the skin on virtually all other parts of your body, however, including your neck, chest, back, arms, legs, and hands.

What can I expect from the treatment?

During the laser treatment, you’ll wear eye shields to protect your corneas and retinas from the laser.

After applying a cooling gel to your skin, the laser is passed over the treatment area, where it emits gentle pulses of energy. Although these pulses feel a bit like small rubber bands snapping against your skin, the sensation is mild and usually well-tolerated.

The average laser skin resurfacing treatment session lasts for 10-15 minutes, but may run longer if you’re covering a large treatment area or your skin has a lot of sun damage.

Optimal results typically are achieved through multiple sessions scheduled over the span of a few weeks.

Because the treatment is non-invasive and relatively gentle, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.

Who should avoid laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing treatments aren’t suitable for everyone. Dr. Chambers-Kersey may advise you to avoid the procedure if any of the following apply:

  • You’re pregnant or nursing
  • You’ve taken the acne medication isotretinoin in the past year
  • The treatment area has undergone radiation therapy
  • You have diabetes, an autoimmune disorder, or a weakened immune system

*Individual results may vary