Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Hurt?

Laser skin resurfacing has become a popular treatment for rejuvenating the skin, and reducing signs of aging.   However, despite the advances in laser technology, many people considering the procedure still ask the question – Does laser skin resurfacing hurt.

How laser skin resurfacing works

There are different laser options on the market, including the Sciton Erbium laser.  The Sciton Erbium laser emits a beam of light that penetrates the skin at a controlled depth, precisely removing unwanted tissue.   New skin cells form during the healing process, making the skin smoother and even-toned.

Laser skin resurfacing can address a variety of skin concerns including sun damage, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone (learn nore).

Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?

Laser skin resurfacing should not hurt, but it depends on the technology being used, as some lasers are gentler than others.  The patient’s level of pain tolerance also impacts how the treatment feels.  Individuals that are very sensitive should advise their doctor ahead of time.

Most patients compare the sensation felt during laser skin resurfacing to having a rubber band snapped against the skin, and this is not considered painful.  However, everyone is different and some people are more sensitive than others, and may therefore experience more discomfort during treatment.  Luckily, laser treatment typically lasts 30-45 minutes, so the time should go by quickly.

In addition, some laser skin resurfacing treatments are performed with a local anesthetic, and this makes the procedure virtually pain-free.

Are you interested in laser skin resurfacing?  Search our directory to find a surgeon in your area.

If you are in the Palm Coast or Daytona Beach, FL areas, contact Dr. Curtis Schalit for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Schalit at, or by calling (386) 204-6675 for the Palm Coast practice or (386) 516-5830 for the Daytona Beach location.

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