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How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

Laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that can aid with various imperfections. It’s a popular option for candidates with wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation. The term ‘laser skin resurfacing’ actually covers a range of different treatments in the world of cosmetics. At Manhattan Aesthetics, our laser skin resurfacing is done using the IPL PhotoFacial system.

Laser Skin Resurfacing New York City

*individual results may vary.

What is an IPL PhotoFacial?

Effectively, this is a type of laser skin resurfacing, utilizing a handheld device that delivers wavelengths to your skin. IPL stands for intense pulsed light, which is a specific type of light therapy that can benefit your skin. When you undergo a PhotoFacial, the IPL laser will gradually heat up the dermis, leading to increased collagen expansion and blood vessel constriction. In turn, this clears many imperfections from your skin, leaving you with a glowing complexion and a clearer face.

What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

As mentioned in the introduction, this treatment can tackle a variety of common issues. Primarily, it deals with superficial cosmetic problems on the surface of your skin. This includes the telltale signs of aging, enlarged pores, scars, sun damage, rosacea, liver spots, enlarged blood vessels, hyperpigmentation, and more. Essentially, it can treat most issues that result in your face having a few imperfections that might be annoying you. If you want a clearer complexion, this could be the treatment to try. 

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Firstly, laser skin resurfacing works, so that’s a huge benefit. After just one treatment, you will start seeing improvements in your skin within a week. With frequent treatments spaced one month apart, you start to see long-term facial improvements that last for up to 5 months. 

Thanks to the heat generated by the IPL, laser skin resurfacing is responsible for encouraging collagen and elastin production. This offers more structure and plumpness to the skin, which is why it’s so effective at dealing with fine lines & wrinkles. There’s also the impressive benefit of seeing incredible results without undergoing invasive procedures. An IPL PhotoFacial lasts between 30-60 minutes and is usually pain-free. At most, candidates will feel a warming sensation as the laser heats up the dermis. But, cooling gel is provided to soothe any heat, leaving you with very few side effects. 

As a consequence, laser skin resurfacing also offers hardly any downtime. You can get back to work pretty much straight away, and the only difference is that your face might be slightly red for a few days. A lot of our patients manage this with mineral-based makeup, so it’s nothing to worry about!


Our expert providers here at Manhattan Aesthetics would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation.
Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Am I a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Do you have any of the conditions or issues mentioned above? If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to treat wrinkles and cosmetic skin problems, an IPL PhotoFacial might be perfect for you. The speed of the treatment and the lack of downtime makes this a great treatment option for busy individuals that can’t afford to take too much time out of their schedule. 

If you have extremely sensitive skin, then you might not be a suitable candidate. Fear not, all will be discussed with your board-certified dermatologist at your consultation.


*Individual results may vary.


The first step is to come in for an in-person consultation with our expert providers at Manhattan Aesthetics serving Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, New York, and New Jersey. Please fill out the form on this page or call our office during normal business hours at 212-960-8172.

*Individual results may vary.