Laser Skin Resurfacing for Better-Looking Skin

25 August 2016 / By shumway

Laser Skin Resurfacing San DiegoLet’s say a friend or a loved one says you look great. What’s your response? Do you:

A) Say, “Thank you,” and secretly think (or say out loud) I do, don’t I?
B) Look away and change the subject
C) Say, “Really? Even with this brown spot on my forehead?”
D) Argue, “Oh, please, how can you even say that when I have all these acne scars?”


If you answered with anything other than A, then you may believe that certain skin blemishes are hiding your true beauty. Honestly, most of us are more hyper aware of our imperfections than the people around us are, but some skin issues can have a serious impact on our self-confidence.

Now close your eyes for a second and imagine your acne scars diminished or your skin tone evened out, or your fine lines smoothed and your skin tightened. Once you have that image securely in your mind, ask yourself how you would now respond to a compliment on how great you look.

If the elimination of skin blemishes turns your answer into an A, you may be a great candidate for laser skin resurfacing.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that removes the outer, damaged layers of skin to reveal the softer, smoother skin beneath. It’s like exfoliation – only better. Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to address:

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Deeper lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity
  • Blotchiness, brown spots, or other pigment irregularities
  • Uneven skin surface due to scarring

In other words, laser skin resurfacing is your way to better-looking, more beautiful skin.

How laser skin resurfacing works

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we use the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to resurface your skin. This technology pulses high-energy beams of light into your skin at a rapid rate, gently vaporizing the damaged upper layers of your skin and correcting pigmentation problems, eliminating both fine and deeper wrinkles, and smoothing and tightening your skin.

When you arrive for your appointment, we’ll provide you with eye shields to protect your corneas and retinas from the laser. Depending on the treatment area and your level of comfort, we will either provide you with local anesthesia or IV sedation. When you are ready, Dr. Shumway will pass the laser skin-resurfacing wand over your face, treating your skin at varying depths depending on your needs.

What to expect after the laser skin resurfacing procedure

Immediately after your laser skin resurfacing procedure, you will have some skin weeping and redness. Dr. Shumway will provide you with a prescription for an ointment and a bandage to keep on the treatment area for the first 2 days.

For the next few weeks, your new skin will appear pink or red. This will gradually fade and can be covered with cosmetics until it does.

Over the next few months, as new collagen begins to form, your skin will look younger, fresher, and more beautiful. And if you follow the doctor’s post-procedure skincare orders, your results may last for years! The benefits of laser skin resurfacing include:

  • Skin smoothing and tightening
  • Improved texture and firmness
  • Reduction of wrinkles and lines
  • Reversed appearance of aged and sun-damaged skin
  • Reduced appearance of acne scars

Ready, set…glow!

If you’re ready to address those skin issues that diminish your self-confidence, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Shumway is well known for his expertise in facial laser rejuvenation, and he will personally guide you in finding the procedures that best suit your needs.

Not only does Dr. Shumway have the skill and experience you want in a cosmetic surgeon, but he also has the compassion and dedication that will help you feel cared for from the moment you step into our office. And it won’t end once you’ve completed your procedures – Dr. Shumway is serious about post-procedural care, and he’ll make sure you have everything you need to accelerate your healing process.

When you come to Shumway Cosmetic Surgery for your laser skin resurfacing or other cosmetic procedures, you can count on excellent care – and gorgeous results.