Laser Skin Resurfacing Specialist

Esther Chen MD

Aesthetics & Family Medicine Physician located in Los Gatos, CA

Sun exposure and time can conspire to cause wrinkles, sagging, age spots, and generally old and tired-looking skin. The solution is just below the surface — your skin surface, that is! Laser skin resurfacing at the office of Esther Chen MD in Los Gatos, California, can eliminate the damaged surface skin cells to reveal healthy and beautiful skin below. Book your visit with Esther Chen, MD, and her team online or by phone today.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that helps with the many problems of aging skin, including:

  • Age spots and other pigmentation
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Rough skin
  • Discolored skin
  • Large pores
  • Acne scars

Many patients have several skin concerns at once, but not to worry: Laser skin resurfacing can resolve all of these issues at one time by essentially replacing your damaged skin with healthy new skin.

You can get laser skin resurfacing on your face, hands, neck, and chest areas. Many patients choose to treat several (or all) areas for an overall youthful rejuvenation. 

What is the laser skin resurfacing process?

Dr. Chen uses an erbium laser that works by interacting with the water in your skin. This interaction greatly decreases the chance of skin damage like burns, especially when performed by an experienced medical aesthetics physician like Dr. Chen. The laser ablates your upper layer of skin, starting the cellular turnover process that gently removes dead and damaged skin cells to expose healthy new skin.

Then, the erbium laser delivers controlled heat below the skin, in the dermal tissue. The heat stimulates neocollagenesis (new collagen growth). Collagen is a natural compound that supports your skin to maintain smoothness and firmness, but you lose collagen in small increments every year throughout adulthood. 

The laser skin resurfacing process yields a new layer of undamaged skin, and a fresh supply of collagen that you’d not have otherwise. 

When will I see results after laser skin resurfacing?

You typically shed the outer epidermal tissue (the top layer of damaged skin) over 2-4 days after a laser skin resurfacing session. By the fifth day, you can see the new healthy skin. The collagen takes longer, but over the next few months, you enjoy improved skin firmness, a decrease in wrinkles, and improved skin overall. 

How often do I need laser skin resurfacing?

Most patients get good results from one laser skin resurfacing session, but if you have deep acne scars or other severe skin damage, you might need additional sessions. After you achieve the desired skin rejuvenation, you can schedule periodic laser skin resurfacing sessions to extend your results, based on Dr. Chen’s personalized recommendations. 

If you’re looking for non-surgical skin enhancement, call the office of Esther Chen MD or use online booking to arrange your laser skin resurfacing appointment now.