Why Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Erase lines and wrinkles for a radiant appearance.

Whether performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure, laser skin resurfacing restores your youthful appearance by transforming your skin’s quality and texture. Remove wrinkles, brown spots, and other imperfections. At our Melbourne, Florida practice, many patients opt to combine this procedure with their eyelid surgery, facelift, or Dr. Clevens' Signature Laser-Assisted Weekend Neck Lift™ for enhanced results. Laser skin resurfacing is also commonly performed as a standalone treatment to enhance your overall complexion and skin texture.

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Do I Need Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Remove imperfections with a treatment tailored to you. 

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, and Renata Khelemsky, MD, have performed laser resurfacing on thousands of patients throughout Brevard County, FL and beyond. Some of these patients want to remove particular imperfections. Many patients combine laser skin resurfacing with their other facial plastic surgery treatments to improve the quality of their skin and enhance the results of their surgical procedure. 

The best way to know if you’re a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing is to meet with Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky and their team at Clevens Face and Body Specialists to discuss the options that will best meet your goals.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Benefits

Correct common skin problems for a glowing complexion.

Laser skin resurfacing can remove fine to deep lines and wrinkles (even those that show up while your face is at rest), complexion abnormalities, sallowness, brown spots, scars (including acne scarring), rosacea, and even precancerous skin. Depending on your procedure, it can also correct loose skin, skin laxity, and uneven texture. Together, you and your doctor will create a custom plan that aims to correct your specific skin needs.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure

More than 10 different state-of-the-art devices tailored to your needs.

Dr. Clevens has invested in one of the largest collections of lasers in the Central Florida area, ensuring your doctor has the most options when developing a treatment plan for you. Your doctor will discuss which laser skin resurfacing device makes the most sense for your skin type and degree of sun and skin damage, as well as your available downtime.

Because our practice is unique in having a variety of lasers to choose from, we can offer patients the flexibility to have a single deeper treatment that produces a result faster but has some downtime and requires some aftercare, or we can perform a series of milder laser treatments to minimize any downtime and achieve a final outcome over time. 

Your laser skin resurfacing treatment may take 30 to 90 minutes to perform. Your laser specialist will provide protective eyewear for you and expertly glide the laser across your skin. For a more comfortable experience, we provide numbing creams and offer Clevens Comfort+ which is a patient-administered medicine to reduce any anxiety or discomfort during treatment. 

At our Central Florida practice, we also offer patients alternatives such as chemical peels to refresh the skin. We can discuss both options during your consultation and recommend the best treatment for you.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

Match your procedure with your lifestyle.

Some laser skin resurfacing procedures have minimal to no recovery time. Others may take a week to 10 days to recover. Depending on your skin type, as well as your lifestyle and cosmetic goals, our laser skin resurfacing specialists will match the right device and technique to meet your unique needs.

Recovery after laser skin resurfacing varies depending on which device is used. Generally, patients may expect a pink appearance to skin and a mild sunburn sensation, or some peeling to occur after deeper treatments. Following a laser skin resurfacing treatment, patients should keep skin moisturized, wear sunscreen, and avoid the sun. We provide our laser skin resurfacing patients with written instructions and an educational session prior to the procedure so you can learn more about what to expect during the treatment and recovery.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Before and After Photos

Photos of an Actual Patient Before & After Laser Skin Resurfacing at Clevens Face & Body Specialists in Melbourne & Merritt Island, Florida

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Beautiful results of a Laser Skin Resurfacing patient Before & After treatment at Clevens Face & Body Specialists near Orlando & the Central Florida area

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Before & After Photos of Actual Patient at Clevens Face & Body Specialists in Brevard County, Florida

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What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a technique that helps erase the signs of aging. Laser skin resurfacing removes lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and imperfections, while also improving the texture and quality of the skin and giving skin a more youthful, radiant, and glowing appearance.

How is laser skin resurfacing done? 

In our practice, we have about 10 different devices that we use for laser skin resurfacing. We're able to match you with the proper laser based on your skin type, your degree of sun and skin damage, and your lifestyle. We can provide you with a resurfacing technique that has a short recovery period or help you achieve dramatic results more quickly with a deeper treatment that requires some downtime. 

What can be corrected with laser skin resurfacing? 

Depending on the type of laser we use, laser skin resurfacing helps tighten skin. Oftentimes, we can get about a 20% degree of tightening of the skin with a laser. A laser is also useful for erasing wrinkles, correcting blemishes, and improving the texture and color of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing creates a much more youthful appearing skin that’s more radiant and glows, and we found in our practice that it is a very common procedure that many patients will benefit from.

Am I a better candidate for laser skin resurfacing or injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers? 

The advantage of laser skin resurfacing is you can resurface an entire region, such as around the mouth or the full face. You remove all of the lines and wrinkles in that region, including the ones that appear when your face is at rest. A filler, such as Restylane or Juvederm, works best in isolated areas to fill the nasolabial folds, to lift the cheeks, and to help address individual lines and wrinkles. Botox helps address lines and wrinkles that are a result of muscle movement when you make expressions such as frown lines in the forehead. However, Botox does not correct lines and wrinkles that appear when your face is not in motion. 

What’s the difference between laser skin tightening and laser skin resurfacing? 

Not all lasers do all things. Instead, lasers are designed to accomplish particular things. There are specific types of lasers and radio frequency treatments that aim to tighten the skin. So, when you tighten the skin, you can create an uplifting of the cheeks, tightening of the jawline, or tightening of the neckline to create a more youthful, contoured appearance. The lasers that are used for tightening don't necessarily remove lines and wrinkles.

The lasers that we use to remove lines and wrinkles and revitalize the skin are what we call laser skin resurfacing devices. These devices come in many types. Some work better for some types of skin, some work better for deeper lines or wrinkles. In our practice, we have the latest technology so we can address your individual concerns. 

How long does it take to see my results for fractional CO2 treatment? 

The results are really seen in two phases. After a week or so of healing from fractional laser skin resurfacing, you see some immediate changes in the texture and quality of your skin. Your skin is smoother. Many of those superficial lines and wrinkles are removed and the skin is relatively free of blemishes and imperfections. 

However, there's really a second phase of healing that takes four to six months and, in some cases, six to 12 months. During this time period, the body creates new collagen, new elastic, new reticular fibers in the skin. It's building up the collagen and the strength and elasticity of the skin so there's improved tightening and elasticity over time. Initially, we see a lot of changes in the superficial layers of the skin in terms of lines, wrinkles, and imperfections, but over six months to a year, we get increased collagen production and tightening of the skin. It really can take up to a year for you to see your final results from fractional laser skin resurfacing.

What lasers are used for laser skin resurfacing? 

We're very proud that we've invested in technology so we can tailor results to your skin type. In our practice, we have fully ablative CO2 laser skin resurfacing, fractional ablative CO2 laser skin resurfacing, several different types of Erbium skin resurfacing devices, and non-ablative fractional resurfacing devices, such as the Icon 1540 non-ablative fractional. 

In addition to those resurfacing methods, we also have a number of different lasers that can be used to rejuvenate skin. We have about five different IPL machines that are used to treat brown spots, red spots, and spider veins. Whatever your specific skin concerns, we have a laser to address them.

How long is the recovery following laser skin resurfacing?

Recovery time depends on which laser we use. In addition to your skin type, we’ll take into account how long you can dedicate to recovery before selecting a laser. 

Non-ablative lasers, meaning they leave the surface of the skin intact, take 20-30 minutes to treat the full face in the office, they don't require anesthesia, and they create perhaps just a little bit of redness that lasts for maybe 24 hours. You can resume your ordinary activities the next morning. Some lasers, such as the fully ablative CO2 laser, require 7 to 10 days of recovery for you to be able to apply makeup or resume your ordinary activities. 

How can I maintain my laser skin resurfacing result? 

After going through the effort and the expense of Laser Skin Resurfacing and achieving a terrific result, you want to maintain that result. In our practice, we have fully trained, highly qualified Medical Aestheticians that work with you to create a regimen that will help maintain and improve your result. Your regimen is tailored to your skin type and can be as simple or complex as you wish, but often includes Vitamin C creams, retinol, and hydroquinone. 

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

The price of laser skin resurfacing varies based on the training and experience of your laser specialist, the type of device used, and the regions to be treated. Popular laser skin resurfacing treatment areas include around the eyes or mouth, full face, neck, chest, and hands. 

During your consultation at either our Melbourne or Merritt Island, Florida office, your provider will discuss your goals, develop a treatment plan, and provide a custom quote. Generally, the range for laser skin resurfacing is $1500 to $12,000. 

How much does a laser treatment for acne scars cost?

We offer multiple nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to address acne scarring, including Bellafill and laser skin resurfacing. Our practice has one of the largest collections of laser in Central Florida, giving our specialists more options to treat different skin types and skin issues, including acne scars. 

The cost of laser skin resurfacing treatment for acne scars varies depending on the training and experience of the specialist performing treatment, as well as the number of treatments needed to achieve your cosmetic goals. In general, laser treatments for acne scarring range from $3000 to $5000. 

What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our laser skin resurfacing patients.

“The Laser Skin Resurfacing machine did exactly what it was supposed to and my wrinkles around my nose, eyes, and mouth are better. I think the best part of the procedure was how easy it was. Totally worth it!”

–Sally Jacinkovic, review on RealSelf

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Take the first step toward achieving healthy, youthful skin: Meet with Dr. Clevens, Dr. Khelemsky, and their team.

During your consultation, Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky will listen to your goals, perform a skin analysis, and discuss the best treatment options for you. Your consultation is focused on answering all of your questions so you can make an informed decision about your laser skin resurfacing procedure. 

If you would like to learn more about laser skin resurfacing and find out if you are a candidate, please reach out to our team today for your complimentary consultation either virtually or in-person at either our Melbourne or Merritt Island, Florida locations. Our laser specialists have performed thousands of laser skin resurfacing treatments for happy patients from throughout Brevard County, as well as for our nearby Central Florida neighbors, at our offices conveniently located on the Space Coast, just one hour east of Orlando, FL. 

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