Laser resurfacing is an outpatient cosmetic surgery procedure used to treat minor skin problems such as wrinkles, scars, age spots, sun damage, stretch marks, brown skin discoloration and some types of acne scarring. Laser resurfacing is often used as an advanced alternative to chemical peel and dermabrasion.
Mayo Clinic specialists consider your age, skin color and the extent of your skin damage when determining which skin laser method is best for you. Mayo surgeons use these types of laser resurfacing:
Your doctor may ask you to take antiviral and antibiotic medications before laser resurfacing to help prevent infection and scarring. He or she will also instruct you about follow-up care for your skin while it heals.