What Side Effects can Laser Skin Resurfacing Cause?

By: Dr. Linda I. Sodoma


Laser skin resurfacing can improve the texture, tone, and overall appearance of your skin. But as with any cosmetic procedure, treatment comes with potential side effects. Board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Linda I. Sodoma reduces these effects by educating patients on proper skin care and using state-of-the-art laser systems in Gilbert, AZ.

Below, Life Care for Women reviews common laser skin resurfacing side effects, so you know what to expect during an appointment. We also discuss ways to minimize complications and ensure a safe and successful laser peel.

Who needs laser skin resurfacing?

Acne scars, fine lines, pigmentation problems, and other unwanted blemishes aren’t just a cosmetic concern – they also can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Laser skin resurfacing can improve these concerns using our Icon™ Aesthetic Systems, Opus Plasma®, and Hybrid™ laser systems.

Patients should schedule a consultation with Dr. Sodoma before undergoing any laser treatment. Your skin must be healthy enough to withstand the resurfacing process. We also want to ensure you have realistic expectations for results.

Laser peels can be performed on many skin types, but patients with darker complexions may require special consideration. We develop custom treatment plans that help meet your needs and provide natural-looking results.

What happens during laser skin resurfacing?

Patients at Life Care for Women relax in a comfortable chair while we glide a laser handpiece carefully over the skin. Our tools have a built-in cooling system to minimize pain and discomfort. Dr. Sodoma will apply a gentle healing ointment before sending you home to recover.

Most laser peels take less than an hour, but the length of your appointment depends on the size and condition of the areas involved.

What are the side effects of laser skin resurfacing?

Redness, swelling, and irritation are common side effects of laser skin resurfacing. Symptoms subside within a few days, depending on the depth of the treatment involved.

Skin will naturally flake and peel away as the damaged tissue regenerates. During this time, patients must protect their skin from the sun and avoid picking at scabs or peeling skin. Dr. Sodoma can provide detailed post-treatment instructions to ensure a seamless recovery in Gilbert, AZ.

Patients enjoy smooth, supple skin with a more even tone and texture once the peeling is complete. Results from laser skin resurfacing are usually impressive, but multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired outcomes. We will develop a long-term plan during your initial consultation.

How to minimize laser skin resurfacing side effects

In addition to following Dr. Sodoma’s post-treatment instructions, you can take the following steps to speed up the healing process:

  • Gently clean your skin with a mild soap and lukewarm (not hot) water
  • Apply a cool compress several times a day for swelling and irritation
  • Avoid exposure to UV rays and tanning beds during your recovery period
  • Moisturize the treatment areas to prevent dryness and flaking

Patients should also avoid harsh exfoliants or chemicals for at least two weeks after laser peels. Dr. Sodoma can recommend gentle products that support the healing process.

Enhance your results from laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing side effects may seem daunting at first, but the rewards are considered worth it. If you want to enhance your appearance through laser treatment, call Life Care for Women in Gilbert, AZ to meet with board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Linda I. Sodoma. Life Care for Women has helped many people dramatically improve their skin.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.