Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Laser Skin Resurfacing, Alexus Medspa, San Diego

Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other skin imperfections. The treatment uses laser energy to remodel the skin at varying depths, revealing fresh, new skin underneath and stimulating collagen production, which helps to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed on various areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, and hands.

At Alexus Medspa we specialize in laser skin resurfacing treatments. Under the guidance of John T. Alexander II, MD, JD, FACS, we use the latest technology to ensure you optimal results. During the procedure, we will carefully target specific areas of concern, ensuring that the surrounding skin is left untouched. This precision allows for faster healing times and minimal discomfort.

To schedule your personal consultation at our San Diego office, please call us at (888) 463-9532 or fill out an online inquiry form. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve smoother, younger-looking skin.

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is one of the most powerful minimally-invasive ways to achieve effective skin rejuvenation, but there are so many types of lasers that it is easy to be confused. 

Comparing lasers to cars is a helpful analogy in understanding some simple principles. Cars can be categorized by brand (e.g. Ford, Mercedes, Toyota), type (e.g. truck, SUV, sedan), and fuel source (e.g. gas, diesel, electric). And all cars can be driven very fast or slow (risky vs. safe).

Similarly, lasers can also be categorized by brand, type, and fuel (or laser material). Laser material is usually a gas (e.g. CO2), a rare earth (e.g. erbium), or a crystal (e.g. yttrium aluminum garnet-YAG). It is this laser material that creates the specific wavelength of light for each different laser, determining the target and purpose of the laser. A laser designed to eliminate skin wrinkles uses a different laser material than a laser that targets hair removal. And like cars, lasers can be “driven” fast (very deep) or slowly (very superficial), allowing the provider precise control of depth and risk.

Laser Brand: At Alexus Medspa we use lasers manufactured by Sciton and Lumenis, both leaders in the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art lasers.

Laser Type: Lasers can be divided into two main types, non-ablative and ablative

NON-ABLATIVE means that the laser passes through the skin to a target below, creating no injury or wound to the skin.

ABLATIVE means that the laser is intentionally creating a controlled wound on the surface of the skin to create a smoother surface and stimulate remodeling of the deeper skin structures.

Energy from ablative lasers can be full-field, removing a small layer of skin off the entire skin surface, or partial-field (also known as fractional), which makes tiny punctures in the skin while leaving the skin intact, which speeds healing time. Fractional laser is a lot like micro-needling, only with a laser and not a mechanical device.

Full-field can be thought of as mowing a lawn, as it treats the entire surface. Partial-field, or fractional, can be thought of as aerating a lawn, creating hundreds of small punctures to make the grass more healthy. 

Our Lasers

Laser resurfacing treatments can improve the appearance of the following: (2)

  • Dark Spots 
  • Lines & Wrinkles
  • Sun Damage
  • Acne Scarring
  • Age Spots
  • Dyspigmentation
  • Large Pores

Non-Ablative Lasers 

Both IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and BBL (Broad-Band Light) are non-ablative devices that deliver controlled, heat-related tissue remodeling in the lower layers of the skin, but do not cause superficial damage to the upper layers. (1) 

At Alexus Medspa we have replaced IPL with the Sciton BBL, the most advanced method to tighten and firm skin without any down time by stimulating collagen production. 

Why? Although BBL has many similarities to IPL, BBL is more advanced, flexible, and effective. 

  • BBL uses a larger range of wavelengths, targeting a greater variety of skin concerns.
  • BBL has greater precision and customization, with interchangeable filters that can be adjusted to target specific chromophores or skin conditions. This flexibility allows practitioners to tailor the treatment more precisely to individual needs.
  • BBL is more powerful and effective than traditional IPL. BBL delivers higher energy levels, allowing for deeper penetration into the skin layers, which can result in more noticeable improvements and better overall outcomes.
  • BBL has additional skin rejuvenation benefits due to its ability to stimulate collagen production more effectively. The controlled heating of the skin during BBL treatment helps to improve skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and enhance overall skin tone and firmness.
  • BBL Hero is extremely fast and relatively painless compared to IPL treatments, requiring fewer treatment sessions to achieve the desired results compared to IPL.

BBL uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to target specific color targets in the skin, such as melanin (pigment) or hemoglobin (blood vessels).

What to Expect with BBL Treatment

Laser Skin Resurfacing, Alexus Medspa, San Diego

Consultation: Prior to the treatment, you’ll have a consultation with an Alexus Medspa provider who will assess your skin concerns and determine if BBL laser is suitable for you.

Preparation: Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and a cooling gel may be applied to enhance your comfort during the procedure. You may also be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the intense light.

Treatment: The BBL device emits short pulses of high-intensity light onto the targeted area of your skin. The handpiece is pressed against your skin, and the light energy is delivered in precise pulses. The Hero (High Energy Rapid Output) handpiece allows treatments to be performed very quickly and with minimal discomfort compared to IPL. The color targets in your skin, such as melanin or hemoglobin, absorb the light energy. This absorption causes a heating effect within the specific target, while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissues. The controlled heating of the targeted area stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin, improving skin texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and promoting overall skin rejuvenation.

Problems Treated: BBL can address various skin concerns, including sun damage, age spots, freckles, acne, rosacea, vascular lesions, and uneven skin tone. The specific settings and filters on the BBL device are adjusted based on the desired outcome and your individual skin condition.

Post-treatment care: After the procedure, a cooling gel or topical ointment may be applied to soothe the treated area. You may experience mild redness or warmth, which typically subsides within a few hours to a few days.

Ablative Lasers

Ablative lasers cause controlled damage to the upper layers of the skin, triggering a healing response. Alexus Medspa offers a variety of ablative laser treatments for safe resurfacing that is customized to your unique skin conditions.

MicroLaserPeel (full-field)

If you want to see noticeable improvements in your skin’s texture and tone, but don’t have time for a lengthy recovery period, the MicroLaserPeel may be an ideal option for you. This treatment uses the Sciton Contour laser to completely remove the outermost layer of skin, revealing the smoother, healthier tissue beneath. A MicroLaserPeel is ideal for patients who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage, and improve overall skin texture. The procedure typically takes only 15-30 minutes, and patients can resume most normal activities shortly after treatment.

  • Longevity: Usually a single treatment, may be repeated as needed in the future
  • Downtime: 4-7 days
  • Target Areas: Face, Neck, Chest, Hands
  • Estimated Price: $900+ per area

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ProFractional Laser (partial-field)

The Sciton ProFractional laser is a versatile treatment that can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. It uses microscopic laser beams to create small channels in the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting healing. This is a laser version of microneedling. The ProFractional laser can be customized to your needs, making it an effective option for those with various skin concerns, including acne scars, age spots, and fine lines. You can expect some redness and swelling for a few days following the procedure, but in general, downtime is minimal

  • Longevity: Usually a single treatment, may be repeated as needed in the future
  • Downtime: 3-6 days
  • Target Areas: Face, Neck, Chest, Hands
  • Estimated Price: $900+ per area

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Halo Laser (Hybrid Fractional) 

The Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser is an amazing technology that combines two lasers in one treatment, using both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to address multiple skin concerns. It is the most superior platform for treating pigment in patients with any skin type. It also is effective in treating fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. The Halo laser improves skin texture and firmness. The Halo laser provides a customizable approach that is tailored to your specific needs and skin tone. Downtime is minimal, and patients can return to their normal activities within a few days.

  • Longevity: May need multiple treatments
  • Downtime: 3-6 days
  • Target Areas: Face, Neck, Chest, Arms, Hands
  • Estimated Price: $1675+ per area

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Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve smooth, glowing, and youthful-looking skin. Our team at Alexus Medspa in San Diego is comprised of experts in laser skin resurfacing, and our approach is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Some of the benefits of laser skin resurfacing:

  • Smooths wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduces the appearance of acne scars
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Stimulates collagen production, resulting in firmer and tighter skin
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation and age spots
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Provides long-lasting results with minimal downtime
  • Safe and effective for all skin types


Laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure suitable for individuals who want to improve their overall skin appearance. Candidates for laser skin resurfacing are typically those with:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Sun Damage
  • Acne Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Age Spots

Good candidates have otherwise healthy skin and have realistic expectations of the treatment outcomes. At Alexus Medspa, we provide a comprehensive consultation to determine if laser skin resurfacing is right for you. The consultation will evaluate your skin type, medical history, and current skincare regimen. Our team will work together with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and concerns. With laser skin resurfacing, we can help you achieve youthful, radiant, and smoother-looking skin. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with us.

Personal Consultation

Laser Skin Resurfacing, Alexus Medspa, San Diego

During this consultation, we will assess your medical history and discuss your cosmetic concerns in detail. Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, and other skin imperfections. However, it’s not suitable for everyone, especially those with active skin infections or certain medical conditions that affect wound healing.

During your consultation, we will evaluate the condition of your skin and determine whether laser skin resurfacing is the right treatment for you. Once the correct treatment has been identified, we’ll explain the procedure in detail, including the risks and benefits, so that you can make an informed decision about your care. If you decide to proceed with laser skin resurfacing, we will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan based on your unique needs and goals. This may include a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

Laser Treatment at Alexus Medspa

At Alexus Medspa, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care and attention. We understand that you are unique, which is why we take a personalized approach to each consultation and treatment. Our goal is to help you achieve the beautiful, radiant skin you’ve always wanted, using the latest and most advanced techniques available in cosmetic medicine.

Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing in San Diego

The cost of your treatment will be determined according to the device chosen and the number of sessions you require for your unique skin issues. 

Achieve smoother, blemish-free skin with laser skin resurfacing. To schedule your personal consultation at Alexus Medspa, please call us at (888) 463-9532 or complete an online form to get in touch with us.

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What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a laser to improve the appearance of the skin. The laser removes damaged skin in a controlled manner, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin.

What are the benefits of laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, acne scars, and other skin imperfections. It can also improve skin texture and tone, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Is laser skin resurfacing safe?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing is safe when performed by a trained and experienced professional. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks and potential side effects, including redness, swelling, scarring, infection, and changes in skin color.

How long does recovery take after laser skin resurfacing?

Recovery time after laser skin resurfacing can vary depending on the depth of the treatment. Patients may experience redness, swelling, and peeling for several days to several weeks following the procedure. It is important to follow post-treatment instructions provided by your doctor to ensure proper healing.

Is laser skin resurfacing painful?

During the procedure, patients may feel a slight discomfort or warmth as the laser is applied to the skin. However, local anesthesia or sedation can be used to minimize any pain or discomfort. After the procedure, patients may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Who is a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing?

Good candidates for laser skin resurfacing include those who have fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, acne scars, or other skin imperfections. Candidates should also be in good general health and have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure.

How many treatments are needed to see results?

The number of treatments needed to see results can vary depending on the individual and the severity of their skin concerns. Some patients may see results after just one treatment, while others may require multiple treatments over several months to achieve their desired results.

Can laser skin resurfacing be combined with other treatments?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing can be combined with other cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox to enhance the overall results. Laser resurfacing is frequently combined with surgical procedures. Your doctor will be able to recommend a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.


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