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Laser Skin Resurfacing in San Diego

Instead of using surgery or invasive procedures to rejuvenate your skin, laser resurfacing uses light, laser, and energy devices to revitalize your appearance with minimal discomfort and little downtime.


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Laser skin resurfacing can treat a variety of skin concerns, including:

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Most professional and most impressive! The service from the physicians to office staff is superb!

Dr. Fabi is wonderful! I've been seeing her for over a year, and she has helped me regain my confidence.

Dr. Boen made me feel so comfortable and at ease when I talked to her. She explained everything before she did my treatment. I loved that. She was really easy to talk to.

I live in Orange County and drove all the way out to see Dr. Wu because a friend of mine referred him (she had amazing results from her face and neck procedure). Dr. Wu is truly an artist! He made me feel extremely comfortable during my procedure. I was anxious when I got there, but he (and his staff) have such great energy and are so very kind and gentle that you can't help but feel at ease! The office was immaculate and they adhered to covid rules (sanitizing, temp checks, masks). This is my go-to place from now on and Dr. Wu is my go-to guy! Can't wait to see my final results! Thank you Phyllis (pre-op) for being so wonderful and informative! You were so very helpful and kind! I'll definitely be back!

Leysin and the entire team at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are fantastic. They are professional, caring and communicative. The laser treatment was comfortable, efficient and effective! I highly recommend this practice. I definitely will come back and recommend her and Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to my family and friends.

Dr. Goldman is amazing! I came here for my permanent eyeliner removal (which is not offered anywhere near me), and they are completely removed in just one session. They use a special contact lens to protect your eyes from the laser, and there are no damages to my eyelashes. The healing was also nice and smooth. They have everything you need. I live almost 3 hours away, but it was totally worth the trip. For anyone who is looking to remove their permanent makeup, this is the right place to go :)-

Dr. Butterwick is fantastic, all of her team as well. They make sure your experience is pleasant and painless as possible. My tattoo removal and my injectables look amazing. I highly recommend her for any skin treatment.

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology was recommended to me by my dermatologist. He recommended Dr. Monica Boen. I'm so glad I took his recommendation. Everyone here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology was super nice and friendly. Very welcoming. I came here for hair removal treatment. I did 4 sessions with Dr. Boen. Dr. Boen made me feel so comfortable and at ease when I talked to her. She explained everything before she did my treatment. I loved that. She was really easy to talk to. I definitely will come back and recommend her and Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to my family and friends.

This office is awesome. My visit today was with Dr. Groff. His bed side manner is so fun and welcoming. He understood my concerns and recommended a treatment plan that I feel was reasonable. I love his staff! They take there time to make sure you understand the treatment and after care. Everyone in the office, from the front desk to the nurses in the back, are so friendly and beautiful. They are very prompt and I trust my care with CLD. I can't wait for my next visit. See you guys in a few weeks!

"Dr. Sabrina Fabi is genius! Her technique is unlike anyone, her eye is precise, and her kindness and caring manner comes from the depth of her soul. She's simply brilliant! It's no wonder people travel the country just to be treated by her."

I wish I could give them 10 stars! I had such an awesome experience for my first visit and I am referring everyone I know to this office. From the super friendly staff to the state of the art procedures, they are the cream of the crop.

“I came to participate in a research study. All of the Doctors and staff at C.L. Dermatology are very professional, warm and friendly. All our my needs were anticipated and the hospitality of this office is like a five star hotel.”

Laser Resurfacing Devices We Offer Include:

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Non-ablative lasers, including Clear + Brilliant®, Fraxel® Re:store, ResurFX™, PicoSure®, and PicoWay® for gentler treatment

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Ablative CO2 and Erbium lasers, including Active/Deep FX™, UltraPulse®, UltraClear™, Fraxel Re:pair, and Sciton for advanced restoration

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Fractional lasers, including Active/Deep FX, Fraxel, Clear + Brilliant, ResurFX, and Sciton Profile™ for quicker recovery

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Alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers, including GentleMax Pro® for hair removal, wrinkle reduction, and more

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Pulsed-dye lasers, including Vbeam® PrimaVbeam Perfecta, Cynergy, and Lumenis Stellar M22 Intense Pulsed Light to treat visible blood vessels

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Proprietary combination treatments, including Take10 for maximum, long-lasting restoration results


What exactly is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is an advanced cosmetic procedure utilizing concentrated laser beams to precisely remove the outer layers of damaged or aged skin. These procedures remove damaged outer dermal layers to stimulate fibroblastic function to increase collagen, elastic fiber, and hyaluronic acid production, helping to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out and improve skin texture, tone, and appearance. Treatments can be performed on the full face, neck, and chest.

How long does each laser resurfacing session typically take?

The duration of a laser resurfacing treatment can vary significantly based on the size and condition of the area being treated. Small, targeted areas like around the mouth may take as little as 15-30 minutes, while full-face treatments can last up to 2 hours. Your dermatologist will give you a more accurate time estimate based on your specific treatment plan.

What is the difference between fractional resurfacing and fully ablative resurfacing?

Fractional resurfacing and fully ablative resurfacing differ primarily in intensity and recovery time. Fractional resurfacing is less invasive and targets a fraction of the skin using a laser to create micro-wounds, leading to shorter recovery (a few days to a week). It is often used for fine lines, scars, and texture improvement, usually requiring multiple sessions. Fully ablative resurfacing is more intensive and removes the entire top layer of skin. This results in longer recovery (several weeks) but offers more dramatic results in treating deeper wrinkles and severe sun damage, typically in fewer sessions. The choice between the two depends on the severity of skin issues and your recovery time preference.

Is the laser skin resurfacing process painful?

Patients may experience varying levels of discomfort during laser skin resurfacing, often described as a tingling or warm sensation. We may use topical anesthetics to numb the treatment area or utilize cooling devices during the procedure to reduce discomfort. Mild pain similar to sunburn can occur post-treatment, but it is generally manageable.

What should I expect immediately after the laser treatment?

Following laser skin resurfacing, it’s common to experience redness, swelling, and a sensation similar to sunburn in the treated areas. The skin will begin to peel after a few days, revealing the new skin layer beneath. Complete healing typically occurs within 7 to 10 days, although deeper treatments may require a longer recovery time. You will receive specific aftercare instructions when you receive treatment.

How many laser treatment sessions will be required?

The number of laser resurfacing sessions you need will vary based on your skin condition and desired results. Some patients achieve their goals with a single session, while others may need multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart. During your consultation, one of our dermatologists will evaluate your skin and discuss a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Who is the ideal candidate for this procedure?

The ideal candidates for laser skin resurfacing are individuals with fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, acne scars, or uneven skin texture and tone. The procedure can be less effective on very dark skin tones due to the risk of hyper or hypopigmentation. It’s also not recommended for individuals with active acne or extremely sensitive skin.

What are the potential risks or side effects of laser resurfacing?

While laser skin resurfacing is generally safe, it carries some risks and side effects. The most common include temporary redness, swelling, and itching. In rare cases, patients may experience scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, or infections. It is crucial to follow the post-treatment care instructions to minimize these risks.

How long will the results of laser resurfacing last?

The length of your laser resurfacing results can vary widely depending on your skin type, the specific conditions treated, and lifestyle factors, especially sun exposure. Generally, results can last for several years, but ongoing maintenance treatments might be necessary for prolonged results. Using sun protection and following a good skincare routine are also essential for maintaining results.

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