Skin treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, may be ideal for people looking to remedy the evidence that age, excessive sun exposure, acne, and other factors have left on their skin. Our New Orleans and Metairie cosmetic surgery practice offers the highly acclaimed Fraxel laser, which combines both an ablative and non-ablative process to resurfacing the skin. Ablative laser treatment is a quick and effective means of resurfacing the skin, but post-treatment recovery takes longer. Non-ablative laser treatment takes longer to achieve desired results, but healing time is drastically decreased. Fraxel combines the two, allowing the effective resurfacing but with less downtime. Fraxel laser skin resurfacing addresses a number of skin irregularities, including age spots and brown spots, acne scars, wrinkles around the eyes, and the treatment allows dull skin to take on a healthy glow.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"I had Sublative, Fraxel and Clear & Brillant lasers done here. I previously had 5 IPLs, 5 Laser Genesis and 2 ExcelV Lasers at other places. I saw more results with the 1 single Fraxel for my very stubborn pigmentation then doing all those other lasers. I greatly appreciate the honesty here. I wanted MicroNeedling for my texture/tone but I have a problematic skin condition and they would not allow me do it where other clinics gladly would have.They recommended Sublative i..."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 22, 2018
"EXCELLENT!! - I've had Botox, Laser Genesis, Fillers and an earlobe cyst removed. You have to look VERY hard to see any difference in my ears and I can still wear earrings! VERY HAPPY with Dr. Weiss and look forward to my upcoming rhinoplasty! The Laser Genesis is MUCH better than IPL. There is no pain and people have noticed a difference in my face after two days. I've had my lips injected, so no more..."- R. / RealSelf / Oct 24, 2017
"Having issues with breakouts, blemishes, wrinkles & dull /rough skin, I began looking for dermatologists around the NOLA area to help me prepare for my big wedding day in a few months. I waited so long to commit to a derm & after extensive research, I finally found Dr Sophia Mai and I’m so glad because she is amazing! I totally hit the derm jackpot!Dr Mai makes you feel so comfortable & has such great recommendations on skin care. She tailors a care plan for each client based on your skin needs (I know several people who go to her and all our regimens are completely different). From prescription topical medications, injections and to daily maintenance, she covers all bases so thoroughly.To those who are on the fence about treatment or expense, don’t wait any longer! First of all, the things I wanted (through my own research and what I see hyped on social media) were WAY more expensive and/or were much more of an aggressive therapy l than the things she recommended or things I needed. Most importantly, thru consultation, Dr Mai will give many recommendations (she is quite the perfectionist!). However, she NEVER pushed me to do anything out of my comfort zone. She gave me a full on "to fix" list but only mentioned a couple things as a priority. I can target a couple of my major issues first and eventually get to other issues over time. Skin care isn’t a one shot kind of deal. It’s a lifestyle! She will definitely work with you on whatever your skin care goals are!Don’t put off skincare, because you only get one body!!! Also, especially for us women, time’s-a-tickin’!!! It’s totally worth the investment."- A.T. / Yelp / Dec 13, 2017
"Amazing doctor and staff - amazing results - Very talented doctor with caring and attentive staff. I had a facelift in Dec 2017 and laser performed with amazing results. About seven months later I had a very inexpensive lip procedure done where I was cut under my nose and the lip pulled up, then filler was used in the lips. What a difference this made to my appearance! I love my new lips that had seemed to disappear. Dr. Khoobehi even did extra laser treatments for me to improve my overall appearance at his expense! This doctor knows exactly what is needed to make you more attractive. I can't say enough how much I trust him and how much time he took with me to make me feel better about my appearance. Joan, his sweet nurse, was there throughout to ensure I was comfortable and that I had everything that I needed. Vitamins and facial products were given to me before and after the procedure to ensure fast healing. My incisions have all healed and disappeared. I wouldn't trust anyone else and feel so much better about myself. My appearance is very natural....just younger looking. Thank you Dr. Khoobehi!"- L.L. / RealSelf / Oct 11, 2018
"EXCELLENT!! - I've had Botox, Laser Genesis, Fillers and an earlobe cyst removed. You have to look VERY hard to see any difference in my ears and I can still wear earrings! VERY HAPPY with Dr. Weiss and look forward to my upcoming rhinoplasty! The Laser Genesis is MUCH better than IPL. There is no pain and people have noticed a difference in my face after two days. I've had my lips injected, so no more thin upper lip. Dr. Weiss is careful with applying Botox which I learned that you can't go to just anyone to get this done. He is very meticulous and the results are amazing!!Updated on 24 Oct 2017:Dr. Weiss is AMAZING!! He takes the time to listen to his patient, gives options and takes the time to discuss the various options in depth. He is a great person to work with...as well as his staff! No pressure and friendly environment. I've had Botox, Laser Genesis, Fillers and an earlobe cyst removed. You have to look VERY hard to see any difference in my ears and I can still wear earrings! VERY HAPPY with Dr. Weiss and look forward to my upcoming rhinoplasty! The Laser Genesis is MUCH better than IPL. There is no pain and people have noticed a difference in my face after two days. I've had my lips injected, so no more thin upper lip. Dr. Weiss is careful with applying Botox which I learned that you can't go to just anyone to get this done. He is very meticulous and the results are amazing!!"- R. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2018
Before beginning the Fraxel laser skin resurfacing procedure, a blue tint is applied to the area to be treated. This tint allows the laser to distinguish the subtle contours of the treatment area. After an anesthetic ointment is applied and allowed to take effect, the laser treatment is performed. Fraxel laser skin resurfacing is offered at our Metairie practice on an outpatient basis. Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes focused laser beams to remove the upper layer of the skin, and reveal a healthy, new layer. The application is precise and accurate as it manages the skin layer by layer. This method is effective in skin regeneration because the removed skin is replaced by new tissue growth. It also stimulates collagen development, which is an important factor when it comes to healthy skin. When used on fine wrinkles or other skin irregularities, the increased growth of collagen renders a more supple, younger-looking appearance. Laser skin resurfacing’s advanced technology allows accurate targeting of smaller areas so the surrounding skin is not affected. A session may take up to 2 hours depending on the patient’s skin conditions.
During/After the Procedure
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure. There may be pain during treatment, so local anesthesia can be used to minimize the patient’s discomfort. The doctor may also prescribe the patient a pain reliever after the procedure. The face may be bandaged after treatment. Since the epidermis is peeled away, the skin may appear red for several weeks. As it heals, crusting may be present. It is very important to follow the doctor’s advice on skin care to prevent any scarring. It may take a few days before the patient can resume normal activities. It may also be beneficial to use an extra pillow when sleeping to ease any discomfort.
The average price for laser resurfacing ranges from $300 to $3,900. The range depends on the type of laser used and the size of the treated area. Additional costs include medications, doctor and facility fees, or any additional treatments needed. Insurance companies rarely cover any treatment that is cosmetic in nature. If the total cost is more than expected, it may be worthwhile to check other financing options the clinic may offer.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $300 - $3,900
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
Negative Effects on Skin?
Although the procedure will wear the skin surface away, there is a minimal risk of scarring, especially when post-treatment care is implemented. It is critical to find a reputable doctor or technician with comprehensive experience with laser skin treatments. It’s important for the surgeon to understand different technologies affect different skin types. When done correctly, the result is a long-lasting healthy skin effective in combating signs of aging and skin damage.
Aside from the natural effects of aging, personal habits and environmental factors, results can be long lasting. Maintenance treatments may be considered as signs of aging get more and more significant over time.
Ablative or Non-Ablative?
It depends mainly on the patient’s skin condition and cosmetic goals. Another factor to consider is how quick the recovery period should be or if there should be no downtime for the patient. The doctor will discuss each treatment in detail and recommend the best approach that matches the patient’s circumstances.