How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

Author: Dr. Bobby Buka

Dermabrasion Explained
Dermabrasion is the technique whereby skin is abraded to a certain depth, so as to remove a range of skin imperfections. Depending on the condition being treated, one or more sessions may be necessary to obtain the best result.

The standard approach to dermabrasion typically involves the use of a motorized device known as a burr. The burr contains diamond particles that scrape away the old skin to expose smooth and even textured skin. The removal process is generally used for  scars and/or wrinkles.

This manual technique is now dated and no longer popular with dermatologists. Today’s dermatologists prefer using fractional lasers for resurfacing the skin.

Advantages of the Fractional CO2 Laser
•​The Fractional CO2 Laser is safer and more predictable than dermabrasion because the laser gives a more precise and controlled treatment. This allows the surgeon to treat the skin to the exact depth required — and no deeper.
•​The laser does not touch the healthy skin between the areas being treated. This minimizes the risks associated with the procedure.
•​The treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which reduces acne scars and smooths facial wrinkles.
•​Fractional laser treatments carry a much lower risk of pigment changes and the possibility of permanent scarring than the dermabrasion procedure.

Another skin treatment is microdermabrasion.

The microdermabrasion procedure is safe, and it involves no downtime. The procedure does not abrade the skin to the same degree as dermabrasion or laser treatment, but it does remove the uppermost layers of dead skin cells. It is effective for improving the skin’s texture and for softening fine lines.

Because of the advantages of fractional lasers, Dr. Bobby Buka chooses to use the Fractional CO2 Laser for all resurfacing procedures.

Please click on the link to arrange your laser skin-resurfacing appointment with Dr. Bobby Buka, the dermatologist of choice in New York City.