Laser Resurfacing

General and Cosmetic Dermatology located in Reno, NV
Laser Resurfacing

Laser Resurfacing services offered in Reno, NV

Laser resurfacing offers dramatic results with minimal downtime if your skin is showing early signs of aging, such as wrinkles, brown spots, and acne scars. At Integrated Dermatology of Reno in Reno, Nevada, the board-certified dermatologist and team of medical practitioners use laser resurfacing to rejuvenate and tighten aging skin for a more youthful appearance. Call Integrated Dermatology of Reno or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Laser Resurfacing Q&A

What is laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is a non-surgical treatment that carefully and precisely removes the top layer of your skin. Resurfacing treatments can rejuvenate your skin by revealing the fresh, untouched layer underneath. Laser resurfacing also penetrates deep within your epidermis and dermis to promote new collagen and elastin production for tighter, firmer skin.

At Integrated Dermatology of Reno, the team uses the LaseMD® fractional laser and the CoolPeel® CO2 laser to promote younger-looking skin.

What are the different types of laser resurfacing?

The two most popular types of laser resurfacing at Integrated Dermatology of Reno are:

Fractional laser resurfacing

A fractional laser is nonablative, so it doesn’t injure the surface of your skin. Instead, it penetrates the epidermis to strengthen existing collagen fibers and promote new growth. Downtime with fractional laser treatments is typically shorter than with an ablative laser.

CO2 laser resurfacing

CO2 lasers are ablative, meaning they vaporize the surface layer of your skin to rejuvenate its appearance. While ablative lasers require more downtime than fractional devices, they also offer more dramatic results.

After a careful facial assessment, the team can recommend the best type of laser resurfacing treatment for your skin.

What skin conditions can laser resurfacing treat?

Laser resurfacing procedures can help improve the appearance of many skin conditions, such as:

  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone or texture
  • Dull skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks


By encouraging new collagen growth, laser resurfacing can also promote smoother tighter skin.

How do I prepare for laser resurfacing?

For at least four weeks before your appointment, avoid tanning, direct sun exposure, and cosmetic treatments, like chemical peels or dermabrasion. You should also avoid medications that can increase your skin’s sensitivity, such as doxycycline, for 72 hours to one week before your treatment.

What happens after laser resurfacing?

Red, inflamed skin is a common side effect of laser resurfacing. Depending on the treatment you choose, this inflammation should subside within a few days up to one week after the procedure. About seven days after the treatment, your skin starts to peel and flake, revealing the rejuvenated layer underneath.

To learn more about laser resurfacing, call Integrated Dermatology of Reno or schedule an appointment online today.