In laser skin resurfacing, damaged or wrinkled skin may be removed layer by layer. The procedure is commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines especially around the eyes and mouth. The procedure is also effective in treating facial scars and areas of uneven pigmentation. Laser resurfacing may be performed on the entire face or in specific regions.
Resurfacing may be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as eyelid surgery. Larger areas of treatment may require general anesthesia. As with any laser treatment, the risk of scarring is present especially with deeper or more extensive treatment. People with darker skin are generally poor candidates for laser resurfacing due to potential for loss of pigmentation.