What Laser Skin Resurfacing Feels Like

Are you considering laser skin resurfacing? Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our team at Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offer this aesthetic treatment to improve the way your skin looks and feels, without surgery. We’ve compiled this informative guide to help you learn more about the laser resurfacing experience, and what exactly it feels like. 

What is laser skin resurfacing?

At Girard Internal Medicine, our team uses the powerful IconTM Aesthetic System to provide laser resurfacing treatment. The Icon laser wand delivers short bursts of concentrated light, into your skin. 

The chilled tip of the wand keeps the surface of your skin cool while the heat generated by the laser stimulates new collagen production. In this way, laser skin resurfacing helps reduce the appearance of sun damage and other skin imperfections, like scars or pigmentation problems. With Icon laser treatments, you’ll also notice an improvement in your skin’s tone and texture.

What does laser skin resurfacing feel like?

While laser skin resurfacing doesn’t involve surgery, it’s not completely pain-free. Most patients compare the sensation of a laser resurfacing session to having a rubber band snapped on their skin. 

Of course, everyone experiences pain differently. Some patients don't find laser treatment uncomfortable or painful, while others liken the sensation to a sunburn. Less commonly, some people, especially those undergoing extensive treatments, find it less tolerable.  

The sensations you’ll feel during your treatment depend on the areas being treated and how much treatment you require. Rest assured our team puts your comfort first.

What can I expect after my laser resurfacing treatments?

After your laser resurfacing treatment at Girard Internal Medicine, our team works to keep you comfortable. We immediately apply cold packs after your treatment to keep any swelling down. That said, your skin will likely look a little red or inflamed the first day or so after treatment, and you may feel some slight discomfort.

After two to three days, the color typically fades to a light pink and you may notice peeling. You may also feel some itching or stinging for one to three days post-treatment. You can keep these side effects to a minimum by following your post-procedure instructions carefully and applying cold packs and the topical cream Dr. Kimzey provides.

It takes about four to six weeks for the results of your laser resurfacing treatment to fully appear as your skin heals and the collagen produced stimulates new cell growth. Some patients are happy with the results of one treatment session while others prefer multiple sessions. Dr. Kimzey works with you to determine a treatment schedule to meet your unique goals.     

If you’re interested in learning more about laser skin resurfacing and what it can do for you, contact our Philadelphia office to request an appointment today.

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