The Laser Resurfacing Procedure

Treatment will take place at Patterson Plastic Surgery. A small handpiece is used to deliver each laser pulse. The treatment take anywhere from a few minutes to 1 hour, depending on the treatment area and it’s condition. Slight discomfort with each pulse is felt by some patients, described like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly and is minimized by the Dynamic Cooling Device or air cooling. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used.

The number of sessions depends on the required treatment and skin condition

Planning Your Laser Resurfacing

Planning your laser resurfacing or hair removal with Dr. Patterson, begins with a comprehensive consultation and examination of the skin to determine which procedure is best to meet your needs.

Preparing for Your Laser Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing patients preparation will vary dependent on which laser Dr. Patterson recommends for you. Prepare for the procedure to last 1-2 hours. You will either go home the same day or stay overnight depending on your individual needs.

The Laser Resurfacing Recovery

Laser skin resurfacing patients recovery will vary depending on the treatment type. Patients typically can return to work in 1-2 weeks. Avoid sun exposure while skin is red. Always wear sunscreen to protect your new skin from further damage. Return to strenuous activities in 4-6 weeks. Redness normally fades within 6 months.

About Our System of Choice

We trust GentleMax Pro to remove unwanted hair, as well as pigmented lesions- efficiently and effectively on all skin types. GentleMax Pro uses laser technology to deliver an intense but gentle burst of energy onto targeted areas of the skin, delivering a controlled amount of therapeutic heat to the targeted area safely and effectively. The GentleMax Pro utilizes the technology of two different lasers: Alexandrite and Nd-YAG for hair removal, as well as the eTwo system for skin rejuvenation.

Alexandrite Laser

Treats hair removal and skin pigmentation-works on all skin colors.

  • Does NOT work on hair with no pigment such as white, gray, or light blonde hair
  • Works best on light skin, dark hair
  • Can also treat pigmented skin lesions

Nd-YAG Laser

Treats hair removal on darker skin with lower power settings so the skin is not burned. Skin pigmentation (pigmented lesions) is treated easily and produces results immediately (within next 15 minutes). Also, treats very small vascular lesions on face and neck: this is virtually pain-free.

Pigmented Lesions:

  • One to three treatments will solve discoloration

eTwo System


  • NO down time
  • Painless
  • Quick fix for tighter and more radiant skin
  • Helps rid fine lines & wrinkles



  • More aggressive
  • Helps reduce the size of pores and acne scars
  • Helps rid face of sun spots and redness
  • Sunscreen recommended after treatment
  • Helps rid face of fine lines and wrinkles on a deeper level
  • Can be performed on thighs and abdomen
  • Package of 5 treatments recommended


Still have some questions, or want to find out more? The next step is easy: Consultation with Dr. Patterson. Our staff will be happy to discuss laser skin resurfacing or laser hair removal with you further. At Patterson Plastic Surgery, we want to be your partner in achieving the appearance you’ve always wanted!