Laser Skin Resurfacing: 10 Things You Need to Know

An attractive blonde woman lightly touches her face which is close to a wall of flowersIt’s easy to find basic information about laser skin resurfacing with a google search. But not everything you need to know about laser skin resurfacing is easy to find online. We often have patients who are surprised by certain aspects of laser skin resurfacing or didn’t have a full picture of laser treatment before booking an appointment. That’s why we’ve put together this list of laser skin resurfacing insights for med spa patients from London, Kitchener, and Cambridge who are curious about laser skin treatments at our Waterloo clinic.

Here are some tips for laser skin resurfacing that you should know before you book your appointment.

1. It’s important to choose a knowledgeable, experienced specialist.

The best way to find out if laser resurfacing is right for you is to consult with a certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Our experienced team of laser specialists understands the nuances of laser treatment for every skin type and concern. If you choose a laser specialist without experience, you’ll sacrifice results and put your own safety at risk. Choose highly trained professionals who can demonstrate past results and happy patients. Trust your gut! If you’re in a clinic that has great certification, it’s also important that you feel comfortable with and respected by your specialist.

2. Laser skin resurfacing is incredibly versatile, addressing many concerns.

Laser skin resurfacing is an innovative treatment solution that can help address a broad spectrum of skin concerns, including:

  • Acne scars
  • Pigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Lax skin

Innovative technology offers more options than ever before, and different wavelengths of lasers deliver varying depths of treatment to transform without damaging delicate skin. Learn how Halo™ Laser, one of our laser skin resurfacing options, can help your skin glow in our related blog post.

3. Laser skin resurfacing isn’t right for everyone.

Your medical history, skin type, concerns, and goals are all part of determining if laser treatment is right for you. Make sure you’re transparent with your laser specialist about any medications you’re taking—they may affect healing or could make your skin more sensitive to laser treatment. There are many different kinds of laser treatment, so the type of laser your specialist recommends will vary based on your unique needs and skin sensitivities. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons explains more about who is a good candidate for laser resurfacing.

4. It’s wise to set your goals for laser treatment before your consultation.

Before you head in for your consultation, think about your questions, goals, and concerns for laser treatment. What frustrates you about your skin, and which specific concerns are you hoping to address with laser skin resurfacing? Once your laser specialist has a clear sense of what you’re hoping to accomplish with laser treatment, they’ll be able to guide you in the right direction with a unique strategy that matches your goals.

Woman touching her smooth skin

5. Don’t book laser resurfacing treatment right before your beach vacation.

Wondering when you should schedule laser skin resurfacing? There isn’t one “right time” to schedule your laser skin resurfacing treatments, but it’s good to consider your end goals. If you’re planning a summer vacation, keep in mind that laser treatments can make your skin more sensitive and vulnerable to sun damage. So autumn is a great time to book laser treatments, heading into the months when you’re less likely to spend time in direct sunlight. 

6. Protect your skin after laser treatment.

It’s always important to protect your skin from the sun with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, but it is even more important when you’ve had a laser procedure. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply regularly and liberally to your skin even when you’re not in direct sunlight. Skin can be especially sensitive following laser treatment and may continue to be for up to a year following your treatment. 

7. Multiple laser treatments may be needed for optimal results.

Most laser treatments require multiple treatments for the best results. Laser treatments don’t require extensive recovery, so consistent treatments are the best way to maximize your results for a long-lasting transformation. Ask about the recommended number of treatments in your initial consultation. This will vary based on the kind of laser, type of procedure, and the nuances of your skin goals.

8. Smoking can affect the way your skin heals from laser treatments.

If you’re a regular smoker, you might want to consider taking a break when you’re booking laser treatments. Smoking prolongs healing and exacerbates swelling and skin sensitivity following your treatment.

9. Laser skin resurfacing can be effectively combined with other treatments.

If you’re considering laser treatments, ask your specialist about combination treatments. Laser skin treatments can transform your skin, smooth wrinkles, address pigmentation, and more. But by combining laser treatments with other procedures, you might be able to target a full spectrum of concerns with just a few trips to the clinic—and the results may be even more transformative.

10. We have a great gallery of real before and after laser results to explore.

Our online gallery of laser skin resurfacing before and after pictures showcases our patients’ real results—they are so pleased with their laser treatment results that they agreed to let us share them. With decades of experience in laser treatments and other aesthetic procedures, we’re proud of the work we do. One great way to share the legacy of our work with new clients is to share these photos, so you can see the possibilities of laser treatment for yourself.

Curious about laser skin resurfacing or other treatments?

Whether you’re frustrated by skin discolouration, wrinkles, pigmentation, or acne scars, our laser skin specialists have helped people from London, Cambridge, Guelph, and beyond improve their skin. You can request a consultation for med spa services at our Kitchener-Waterloo clinic using our online contact form or by calling us at (519) 746-1132.

Meet Our Surgeons

The talented, experienced plastic surgeons at our Kitchener-Waterloo clinic have the advanced training to create exceptional, natural-looking results that meet the individual needs of our patients. The collaborative nature of our practice benefits patients in many ways.

Dr. Robert Shenker Dr. Stephanie Ma
The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic