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Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a nonsurgical skin rejuvenation procedure that not only tightens the skin, but can improve the appearance of sunspots, wrinkles, pores, and scars.

  • Downtime: Minimal
  • Pain Level: Minimal
  • Results Duration: Long-Lasting


Lines and wrinkles, shallow scarring, sun damage, melasma, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture and tone

Side Effects:

Redness, warmth, and dryness for the first few hours after treatment


Primarily used on the face

Follow Up:

Some patients may need a series of treatment sessions to achieve an optimal outcome

How Performed:

Handpiece directs laser energy into dermal layers via micro-channels


Topical anesthetic applied prior to treatment

Procedure Type:


Expected Outcome:

Reduction of aging symptoms and sun damage, enhanced skin texture and tone


Results are evident once skin heals from procedure, usually just a few days

laser resurfacing before and after results in NYC

Laser resurfacing is an effective way to treat a variety of concerns, including sun damage and aging symptoms. Ablative lasers work by vaporizing the outer layers of skin. This process stimulates the skin to repair and remodel with new collagen. Recovery time can take 1-2 weeks, but results are dramatic and lasting. Non-ablative lasers are less invasive. They work by heating up tissue without actually destroying it. There is usually minimal downtime and multiple treatments are required for best results.

Using the top of the line ICON™ workstation, Spring Street Dermatology offers 3 types of laser resurfacing: 2940 ablative for a one-time treatment with dramatic results, 1540 XD for acne and surgical scars, and 1540 XF for skin texture and stretch marks.

What is Laser Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a skin rejuvenating procedure that uses lasers to improve the skin’s texture and appearance. A laser’s key features, which include its wavelength that is absorbed by precise targets in the skin and the rate at which its light beams are delivered (pulse width), all come into play to renew the skin and to treat specific skin conditions.

The ICON™ laser delivers energy into the skin to target wrinkles, unwanted pigment, scars, and stretch marks, without harming the surrounding skin. As the skin absorbs the laser’s energy, your body’s natural healing response will trigger cell renewal, creating fresh, healthy skin in the treated area.

What Does Laser Resurfacing Treat?

ICON™ is a customizable laser system designed to address several skin concerns on the face and body, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage, age spots, sun spots, and freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Dull skin
  • Spider veins and vascular lesions
  • Acne and surgical scars
  • Stretch marks

Who is a Candidate for Laser Resurfacing?

If your skin is showing early signs of aging, or if you are struggling with acne or visible scars, you may benefit from a laser resurfacing procedure. ICON™ is suitable for all skin types and tones. It can be calibrated to precisely target your skin issues and promote skin rejuvenation.

The best way to determine if ICON™ is the best treatment option for you is to come in for a personal consultation, so our board-certified dermatologists can perform a skin evaluation and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Learn more about laser resurfacing here.

Benefits of Laser Resurfacing for Skin Rejuvenation

Versatile for a wide variety of skin concerns


Targets multiple skin issues in one treatment

Minimal downtime

Dramatic results with fewer treatments

Minimally invasive

How a dermatologist will perform The Procedure

A session typically takes less than 30 minutes. The procedure length will depend on the treatment area’s size. You will be provided with eye shields for protection from the laser. Your dermatologist will also offer the option of numbing cream application to ensure more comfort during the procedure. 

During the laser treatment, your dermatologist will guide a handheld device over your treatment area where the laser will be delivering energy into your skin. You may feel gentle pressure or a warm sensation during the procedure. Some describe the experience as similar to the snap of a rubber band, but most patients tolerate the treatment quite well. Post-treatment instructions, such as avoiding sun exposure, will be provided. 

dermatologist consulting with a patient about laser resurfacing treatment in NYC

Schedule Your Laser Resurfacing Consultation in NYC

Rejuvenate your skin and appearance through comprehensive medical care and the most advanced cosmetic dermatology treatments available. To learn more about laser resurfacing and our other anti-aging treatment options and to schedule online, contact Spring Street Dermatology in SOHO, Tribeca, or Uptown, NYC to schedule a consultation.

Before & After Photos

Laser Resurfacing Questions & Answers

Q: Are There Any Possible Side Effects From Laser Resurfacing?

A: Those who undergo the ICON™ treatment don’t have to worry about suffering the same side effects they would with more aggressive treatments. Most patients only encounter some minor redness or swelling after their treatment. These side effects may last for a few hours to a few days, but you may return to your normal activities right away as long as you provide the treated areas with sun protection.

Q: How Long Will My Results Last?

A: As your skin produces new collagen, you will notice a gradual reduction in fine lines and wrinkles as well as tighter skin over several months following treatment. ICON™ treatment results can be long-lasting. Many of our patients enjoy their rejuvenated appearance for years. A good skincare regimen that includes sun protection will help prolong your results.

Q: Does a Laser Resurfacing Treatment Hurt?

A: The ICON™ laser resurfacing treatment is a minimally-invasive procedure. You will only experience mild pressure as the dermatologist guides the device across your treatment area. Patients have described the sensation as a slight snapping against the skin. Overall, it is a well-tolerated procedure, and pain management options such as numbing cream are discussed with you before your session.

Q: What is Recovery From a Laser Resurfacing Treatment Like?

A: Laser resurfacing with the ICON™ laser systems is far less invasive compared to other laser treatments. You should only experience minimal downtime if any at all. Immediately following your procedure, you may have some mild redness and possible swelling which should resolve within 24 to 48 hours, and these side effects should not keep you from your daily schedule.

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New York, NY 10012

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New York, NY 10019

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