The Science Behind It: How Laser Skin Resurfacing Can Reverse Signs of Aging

Dec 19, 2023

Do you want to turn back the clock and reverse the signs of aging? Whether you’re dealing with fine lines or deep wrinkles, unwanted pigment, sun damage, or increased pore size, laser skin resurfacing is a transformative treatment that can help you achieve smoother, more youthful and even looking skin. Let’s dive into the science behind how laser skin resurfacing can help you attain your skincare goals.

The Laser Skin Resurfacing Basics

Laser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes an intense beam of light to remove old and damaged layers of skin, revealing newer, younger skin cells beneath. The body sheds old skin layers to make way for fresher and healthier skin as a part of our natural healing process. However, as we age, this process slows down, leaving the skin’s surface older, duller, and more damaged. By removing this damaged layer, you can enjoy smoother, healthier skin.

How deep your treatment is, or how many layers of skin you choose to treat, depends on the severity of aging you have. There are three levels of intensity for your laser skin resurfacing treatments.



Targets the surface of the skin and uses like to treat specific skin concerns like red or brown pigment.

Fully Ablative

Involves shaving down layers of skin and is the most intense, but also the most effective option.

Fractionally Ablative

Partially resurfaces the skin for improved tone and texture, without the downtime of a fully ablative laser.
By removing these layers of skin, you not only encourage the production of newer, healthier skin but also stimulate collagen production, which plays a crucial role in making your skin tone and texture more even and youthful.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is a natural protein produced by our body, and it’s responsible for keeping our skin firm and resilient. However, as we age, collagen production decreases and it is broken down, causing our skin to become lax and form wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing addresses this issue by not only removing old skin cells on the surface but also gently heating the deeper layers of the skin. This heat stimulates collagen production over time, helping to further reduce the signs of aging and make the skin firmer and more youthful.

The Science Behind Laser Skin Resurfacing

One of the reasons laser skin resurfacing is so effective is that it is a versatile and customizable treatment. This customization is made possible by the properties of light. Certain colors absorb light more than others. For example, a black shirt will be warmer in the sun than a white shirt. That is the basis for how this laser works.

The laser targets the pigment in your skin. Your provider will adjust the settings to target your precise areas of concern. For example:


For brown spots and hyperpigmentation

The laser targets the pigment melanin in your skin.

For blood vessels and redness

The laser targets hemoglobin, the pigment that makes your blood red.

For general resurfacing

The laser targets water which is present in all your cells.
The depth will also be adjusted for your procedure. For more intense treatments, the laser’s wavelength is extended to penetrate deeper into the skin. For surface treatments, the wavelength remains shorter, addressing only the top layer of skin. Through these settings, laser skin resurfacing is highly customizable to your skin type and specific concerns, allowing you to target problem areas without affecting healthy skin.

What Laser Skin Resurfacing Can Treat

Laser skin resurfacing is a versatile treatment that can address a wide range of skin concerns beyond the signs of aging. You may also consider laser skin resurfacing for:

  • Rosacea (an inflammatory skin condition)
  • Redness and Skin Discoloration
  • Hyperpigmentation, Sunspots, and Age Spots
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Skin Dullness and Tone
  • Scars
  • Skin Laxity and Pore Size
  • Broken Capillaries, Vessels, and Vascular Lesions

Laser skin resurfacing is also versatile in its treatment area, as you can use it anywhere on the body. During your consultation, discuss your specific needs with your provider to ensure you achieve your desired results.

Schedule Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Appointment

At Gayoso Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, we are dedicated to helping you reverse the signs of aging through our selection of laser services. We use the Sciton Laser for a variety of treatments, including:

  • ClearSilk
  • Halo
  • TRL
  • ClearV
  • BBL Hero

If you’re interested in laser skin resurfacing or any of our other treatments, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our expert team will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your skincare goals and reveal a more youthful and radiant you. Get ready to turn back the clock with the help of our expert MedSpa team.

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