Laser Skin Resurfacing

The Scottsdale–Phoenix area, with its year-round sunshine and dry climate, can be unforgiving to your skin and can contribute to premature aging. Even with good skin care, smooth, youthful skin is gradually marred by fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, discoloration, and other minor flaws. Fractional laser skin resurfacing can help remedy these effects in a safe, non-invasive procedure. In addition to removing age-related imperfections, fractional laser resurfacing encourages the production of collagen, which firms and tightens skin. For these reasons and more, fractional laser skin resurfacing is fast becoming 1 of our most popular anti-aging procedures.

Bringing back your beautiful skin is easier than you think. Request a consultation online with Dr. Todd Hobgood, or call the office at (480) 214-9955 to set up your appointment today.

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for You?

Ideal candidates for laser skin resurfacing with our fractional device are adult men and women who are bothered by signs of aging and sun damage, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Discoloration
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Certain types of scars

Laser skin resurfacing isn’t effective for treating wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement, such as crow’s feet. If you’d like to treat these wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic may be a better option.

People who have certain immune or skin disorders may not be good candidates for laser resurfacing. During your consultation, Dr. Hobgood reviews your medical history with you and determines whether the procedure is a good match for you.

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Our Nonsurgical Experts

Dr. Hobgood's aesthetic team creates customized treatment plans tailored to the cosmetic needs of each patient. Annie Bruno Thurston is a board-certified aesthetic nursing specialist who specializes in BOTOX® and filler injections, while licensed esthetician Brooke Scatchard is a certified laser technician.

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What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Fractional laser resurfacing uses high-energy pulses of laser light to remove the outer layer of aging, damaged skin cells so that it is replaced with new, youthful-looking skin. The laser energy is absorbed mainly by water and pigment in the skin and then converted to heat. This heat preferentially destroys old skin cells, leaving behind a newer layer to multiply and replace them. The benefits of laser skin resurfacing include:

  • Non-invasive procedure with no incisions
  • Low risk of scarring or infection
  • Nearly immediate reduction in fine lines and some other skin concerns
  • Can be completed in a short, in-office visit

In addition to removing older skin cells, fractional laser resurfacing encourages the production of collagen. Collagen, the protein that gives young skin its firmness and smoothness, is made by cells in response to stress. Fractional laser resurfacing creates just enough stress on the skin to encourage collagen production without causing scarring or significant damage. The safety and precision of fractional laser resurfacing make it a popular way to correct signs of aging. During the procedure, only small “pinpoint” areas of skin are exposed to laser energy, expediting the healing process and incurring relatively little risk.

Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Experience

Dr. Hobgood begins by cleansing your face and marking the areas to be targeted. He then administers an injection of local pain medication to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Some people choose to take pain pills or sedatives in order to reduce anxiety before their procedures, but this certainly isn’t necessary for everyone.

Dr. Hobgood uses a laser handpiece to apply energy to the areas on your face that are marked. He may make several passes, wiping away dead skin cells and using sterile water to cool your skin between passes.

You can expect your procedure to last for just a few minutes. Some patients say that the sensation of a fractional laser resurfacing treatment is akin to being snapped with a rubber band. However, others describe it as a more mild burning or stinging. The reported level of discomfort is highly subjective, although the procedure is not painful. Once your procedure is over, Dr. Hobgood covers your skin with ointment to reduce inflammation. Some areas may need a light dressing.

Common Questions

How many treatments will I need?

Many people achieve the desired level of improvement after undergoing a single treatment. Some individuals may want to schedule a series of treatments, scheduled several weeks or months apart, for more significant results. Still others make laser resurfacing a regularly scheduled part of their beauty regimen and may come in annually or semi-annually for maintenance. Dr. Hobgood will discuss your options with you in your consultation.

How much does laser resurfacing cost?

The price for a laser resurfacing treatment varies with the size and number of areas treated, but generally ranges from $3,000 to $5,000.

What are the risks associated with fractional laser resurfacing?

As with any medical procedure, there are a few risks associated with laser skin resurfacing. Most people experience common complications such as redness, itching, or burning sensations after the procedures. More rarely, some people may see slight changes in their skin pigment. These changes typically go away with time. There is a slight chance of scarring or infection, but these are extremely uncommon with appropriate aftercare. People with dark skin are more likely to experience these side effects. During your consultation, Dr. Hobgood helps you understand what side effects you can expect.

What is recovery like after laser skin resurfacing?

After your treatment, your skin will look and feel as if you have a mild sunburn. You may also feel some swelling and discomfort. Most people return to work after 3 to 10 days depending on the condition of their skin before the procedure and how aggressively it is treated. Dr. Hobgood recommends taking a few days of downtime to ensure the skin heals well during the initial post-procedure phase.

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