ResurFX® Houston

double board certified Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Erika Sato now offers a non-ablative non-invasive laser skin resurfacing treatment

What is ResurFX®?

The ResurFX® laser system by Lumenis is one of the best available treatments for non-ablative fractional resurfacing of the face, neck, chest and hands. It works by resurfacing damaged skin to reveal younger, more refreshed skin. This simple procedure helps in improving the appearance of wrinkles, scars and age spots, all with minimal downtime.

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

The advanced ResurFX® technology offers deeper dermal laser penetration and is delivered by laser pulses in fractional patterns. The laser vaporizes tiny columns of tissue on the skin’s surface, stimulating the body’s natural skin cell and collagen regenerative responses. Because of its miniscule size, the laser does not damage surrounding healthy tissue, allowing for rapid healing to only the targeted area.

What skin concerns can laser therapy treat?

  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Scarring
  • Age spots/Sunspots
  • Melasma
  • Actinic Keratoses

ResurFX® is a true nonsurgical alternative to more invasive surgical and resurfacing procedures, as it significantly reduces the risks and other resurfacing procedures.

How soon will I be able to return to my normal activities after RESURFX®

After the ResurFX® treatment, patients can return home right away, but may feel like their skin is sunburned for up to 24 hours. The skin may also appear pink or red during this time, which can be covered up with makeup if desired. Over the next week or two, the skin will continue to improve.

What are the side-effects of the laser skin resurfacing?

Patients will experience flaking with the appearance of a sunburn as the old, damaged skin is exfoliated and new, fresh skin takes its place. In addition to these common side effects, patients may also experience minor itching, dry skin, peeling and flaking. There is also a small risk of infection, hyperpigmentation or scarring. These risks can be greatly reduced by choosing an experienced doctor to perform your procedure.

When will I see my results?

The results of the ResurFX® treatment are visible immediately after the procedure. Patients may also experience mild swelling and redness, although these side effects usually go away on their own in a short time. The results of the procedure will continue to improve as side effects subside and best results are seen in 3-6 months.

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients can achieve effective results from three to five ResurFX® treatment sessions spaced four weeks apart. Patients can return to work very quickly after each of these sessions, usually within 24 hours.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Results

The results of the ResurFX® procedure vary depending on each patient’s individual skin, but most report significant improvement to the overall quality of their skin, including:

  • Reduced appearance of brown spots
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improved appearance of acne and surgical scars
  • Improved tone and texture

Laser Skin Resurfacing Aftercare

It is important for patients to take certain precautions after treatment to protect the skin and help it heal properly. Patients should always apply sunscreen of at least 45 SPF daily.