Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a facial rejuvenation procedure that uses a laser to significantly improve the skin’s overall appearance and treat minor facial flaws.

Laser resurfacing can also decrease the appearance of fine lines in the face as well as improve your complexion if you have scars or sun damage. Laser resurfacing cannot eliminate excessive or sagging skin.

If you’re thinking about laser resurfacing, it’s important to consider all of your options before making a commitment to one particular laser treatment. In general, laser resurfacing treatments fall under one of two categories: ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers. Both ablative and non-ablative resurfacing can give you dramatic improvements, but they do differ significantly in the final results they produce. In order to deliver the most optimal results for all our patient’s treatment goals, Lethbridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics offers both types of lasers. 

Should I get Ablative or Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing?

 All laser treatments use energy to penetrate through various layers of the skin to repair the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, acne scars and other signs of aging. Ablative lasers penetrate deeper, making them a great option for treating mild to moderate wrinkles, facial scarring and skin discoloration. Non-ablative lasers are best at improving skin texture and tone.


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Ablative VS. Non- Ablative

When used correctly, ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing are both effective rejuvenation tools for the skin.

Am I a Good Candidate?

At LPSA we tailor our treatments based on your unique skin type and needs.

Ablative laser treatments are ideal for individuals with Fitzpatrick skin types I-III, light-to-olive complexions, who are looking to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, soften acne scarring, and improve skin tone.

Candidates with Fitzpatrick skin types IV and above, medium to deeper skin tones, should be cautious when considering laser resurfacing. Although non-ablative lasers are not as invasive as ablative lasers, the risks of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring still exist. If considering this procedure, it is essential that you look for an experienced skincare professional with extensive knowledge and a proven track record in treating patients with deeper skin tones. Additionally, it is especially important that all pre- and post-procedure instructions are followed diligently, especially the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen.

Laser surfacing might NOT be recommended if you:
  • Have taken the acne medication isotretinoin (Claravis, Myorisan, Zenatane) during the previous year
  • Have an autoimmune disease or a weak immune system
  • Have a tendency to form scars
  • Have had radiation therapy to the face
  • Are prone to cold sores or have had a recent outbreak of cold sores or herpes virus
  • Have a darker skin tone
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

Our Skin Resurfacing Lasers



Ablative lasers are more invasive than other lasers, but produce the best clinical results. This is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers.  As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated area appears smoother and tighter. Lethbridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics offers the carbon dioxide (CO2) ablative laser.  The CO2 ablative laser is great for treating visible signs of aging and the results generally last for 1 to 5 years. It is important to note however, that ablative lasers present a longer recovery than non-ablative lasers. Most patients require 1 to 2 weeks of recovery time.


ICON 2940

The Icon 2940 Laser treats fine lines, deep wrinkles, skin lesions, as well as surgical and acne scars with more power than non-ablative treatments. The 2940 laser works by delivering micro-fractional laser columns to the skin which results in brand new skin, stimulating the body's natural collagen building response.  Fractional lasers treat micro columns of skin, allowing your body to recover faster than our CO2 laser (generally 5-7 days) while still giving significant results with only 1 or 2 treatments.
Skin Resurfacing Improves the Appearance of:

Other Services:

In addition to laser skin resurfacing, LPSA offers many other treatments and medical grade skin care products at our Lethbridge, Alberta office. View a complete list of our aesthetic service to see how we can help you meet your skin care goals.

The Fitzpatrick Scale Explained:

The Fitzpatrick scale is a skin typing test developed to estimate the response of different skin types to the sun. In aesthetics, it is used to help us determine your response to certain procedures, such as laser rejuvenation therapy and medical grade peels. Below you will see an example of each Fitzpatrick skin type 1-6.

Length of Procedure?

120 Minutes

Discomfort Level?


Recovery Time?

CO2 Laser= 1-2 weeks 

2940 Laser = 5-7 days

Anesthesia Offered?

Yes, you will be offered numbing cream.

After Treatment

Results: Although this procedure is intense, the results are significant. An ablative laser will result in new skin with results lasting up to five years. 


Lasts: Up to 5 years.


Maintenance: The results may be extended beyond 5 years with ongoing maintenance treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Post treatment it is essential that you use a physical block sunscreen and avoid sun exposure.


**Each client is unique, and these are general treatment guidelines.

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