Laser Skin Resurfacing


Spectrum Dermatology understands skin damage and uses the highest-grade laser resurfacing treatments to help correct skin discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity, brown spots, acne scarring, and other sun damage. With a variety of treatment modalities available, please contact Spectrum Dermatology to schedule an evaluation and we will together develop a laser resurfacing plan that is ideal for your unique skin.

What is Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a skin procedure that removes damaged layers of skin and which is replaced by fresh new cells during the healing process.  The procedure is performed by controlling the depth of the laser penetration into the skin’s surface, allowing treatment of even the most delicate facial areas. Laser resurfacing targets age spots, pigmentation, fine lines or wrinkles, and general skin discoloration and can improve the texture of the skin as well as tighten the laxity by stimulating the production of collagen.

There are three primary “categories” of lasers utilized to create results for patients at Spectrum Dermatology including fully ablative CO2 lasers, fractional ablative lasers, and fractionated non-ablative lasers. The main difference is the downtime associated with a type of laser. Generally speaking, the more aggressive the laser the better the results, and the more downtime needed to recover. Fractional is a term used to describe how the laser delivers the energy in a pattern of tiny dots rather than a constant sheet-like manner of traditional lasers. Fractional lasers also require multiple treatments as they are touching part of the skin, through these tiny spots. Fractional lasers come in a variety of wavelengths and applications.

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is the gold standard in skin rejuvenation. Here are a few key benefits to using the Ultrapulse laser for your procedure:

  • Target deep damaged layers of the skin and lighter skin imperfections
  • Different treatment configurations including ActiveFX, DeepFX, and
  • TotalFX target your unique needs
  • Erase fine lines and wrinkles of the face
  • Smooth and tighten eyelid skin
  • Improve crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Soften pucker marks and frown lines
  • Remove brown spots and splotchy, uneven skin color
  • Improve and flatten scars
  • Repair smoker’s lines

CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment and Recovery

For best results, skin preparation is key, and our highly trained aestheticians will review with each patient. Treatment takes about 1 hour and has a series of follow up appointments to make sure you are on track for beautiful results and healthy skin.


Immediately following treatment, the skin will be red, swollen, peeling, and eventually crusty. Recovery from this type of procedure is about two weeks. To help you heal, please limit sun exposure and apply a consistent layer of Aquaphor. With the most common risk or complication being hyperpigmentation, it is important you follow the doctor’s orders. Follow up appointments with our team will help care for the skin and after 8-12 weeks, you’ll be fully healed and have a new layer of skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Before/After Photos*

Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing

There are a variety of laser resurfacing technologies and you’ve probably heard about CO2 laser resurfacing, erbium: YAG laser resurfacing, and fractional laser resurfacing. Each laser resurfacing technology works differently with various downtime, redness, and results. Other types of procedures have a skin resurfacing effect but are not lasers include eMatrix Skin Resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and more.

Lumenis Ultrapulse Fractional CO2 Laser

At Spectrum Dermatology, we use the latest generation of laser resurfacing called the Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2 laser. This laser is the gold standard in laser skin resurfacing.


The Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2 Laser utilizes a fractional technology which simply means the laser is applied in multiple beams of light energy into a small area but only to fractions of the skin in contrast over the entire surface of the skin. Because this laser uses both erbium: YAG or CO2 wavelengths per the needs and desired outcomes of the patient, the physician chooses where to apply the deeper CO2 and lighter erbium: YAG technology by changing settings on the laser. There are also different configurations that assist including ActiveFX, DeepFX, and TotalFX. This flexibility creates beautiful individualized results with minimal redness, reduced peeling, minimal downtime, and fewer complications as appropriate for the patient’s skin and treatment.


The flexibility built into this latest generation laser creates beautiful individualized results with minimal redness, reduced peeling, minimal downtime, and fewer complications as appropriate for the patient’s skin and treatment.

Traditional CO2 Lasers vs Ultrapulse Fractional CO2 Laser

Traditional CO2 laser resurfacing was previously about removing the surface of the skin which created extended downtimes and extreme redness. However, CO2 skin resurfacing is the most aggressive, and produces the most dramatic results but also requires longer healing times.


The benefits of a fractional laser system are that a patient receives the advantage of the deep CO2 laser to treat particular areas, but not over the entire face as with traditional CO2 resurfacing. Because the Ultrapulse combines CO2 and erbium: YAG, there is less downtime than the traditional CO2 laser resurfacing while the new smooth skin forms.

AcuPulse Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

The Lumenis AcuPulse is an ablative fractional laser skin treatment that is a step between UltraPulse Laser Skin Resurfacing and eMatrix Skin Rejuvenation treatments. Because the AcuPulse isn’t as intense as it’s big brother the Lumenis UltraPulse CO2 laser, the downtime is just a few days. Additionally, the AcuPulse has a SuperPulse mode that ablates tissue in a mode similar to the UltraPulse, however, it has less thermal damage and makes it ideal for light resurfacing of the skin, acne scarring, surgical scars, skin tags, deep wrinkles, and other damage caused by sun exposure.

eMatrix Sublative Fractional Skin Resurfacing

eMatrix (also known as sublative rejuvenation) is a third “lighter” skin resurfacing option when compared to the Ultrapulse CO2 laser. By using radio frequency instead of light, this treatment is ideal for those who have scars and wrinkles but do not need that deep tissue stimulation of a Fractional CO2 laser like the Ultrapulse. There are minimal visual wounds and downtime with eMatrix skin resurfacing. Learn more about how Spectrum Dermatology uses eMatrix to lightly resurface skin.

“I have nothing but positive things to say about Spectrum Dermatology. Everyone at the Tatum office is super friendly. Dr. Jeffy is a fantastic doctor. She has helped me tremendously.”

– Susan, Actual Patient*

Obtaining Great Results with Laser Skin Resurfacing

The goal is to improve the appearance by giving a smoother, tighter, and more even-toned complexion. If necessary, specific areas can be retreated, as skin continues to improve for up to 12 months after the procedure. Genetics, sun exposure, diet, and smoking also influence the degree and duration of improvement. As always, we recommend the daily use of sunblock and a skin care program to prolong the results of laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing can also work beautifully in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, and more.

Contact Spectrum Dermatology Today

Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical and laser dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.

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