Laser Skin Resurfacing

In La Jolla

Faryal Siddiqui, M.D. performing laser treatment | La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic In San Diego



Sun damage, blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots, and poor skin texture are just some of the skin conditions that can be treated with laser skin resurfacing. La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic offers laser skin resurfacing for men and women in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California.


What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing involves the use of a cosmetic laser to stimulate the skin’s natural healing response and collagen production. There are two main types of cosmetic lasers available:

  • Ablative: Ablative lasers are more aggressive than non-ablative and can produce dramatic results with just a single treatment. The trade-off for these dramatic results is that you will need up to a week of downtime to heal. However, if you are looking to significantly rejuvenate your skin in a short period of time, ablative lasers could be a great choice.
  • Non-ablative: Non-ablative lasers are a gentler option if you can’t spare the time for healing that ablative lasers require, or if you are after subtler results. Non-ablative lasers target the dermal layer of the skin without damaging the epidermis and generally require multiple sessions for optimal results.

We offer both types of laser treatments and will work together with you to determine which type is best for your particular skin concerns. In some cases, a combination of these treatments may provide the best results; laser resurfacing can be done together with other treatments such as BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers for more comprehensive results.

What are the benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

At La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we have seen our patients enjoy the following benefits from their Laser Skin Resurfacing in San Diego and La Jolla:

  • Eliminates or improves acne scars, traumatic scars, and surgical scars
  • Encourages collagen production
  • Minimizes the size of enlarged pores
  • Provides permanent results 
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces spider veins
  • Tightens skin
  • Treatment is quick, easy, and painless
  • Treats brown spots, redness, or discoloration


What can Laser Skin Resurfacing treat?

Laser resurfacing can effectively treat a number of skin problems, including:

  • Acne Scars: Acne scars are extremely common, yet they can be very difficult to treat effectively. Laser skin resurfacing using the Fraxel Dual can provide noticeably smoother skin for many patients.
  • Sun damage: Most people do not protect their skin adequately from the sun, and the result is significant damage to the skin over time. This damage can take the form of sun spots, leathery skin texture, and deep lines and wrinkles. For pronounced sun damage, the Active or DeepFX CO2 laser may be a good choice.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles: Laser resurfacing can be very effective in reducing perioral (also called smoker’s) lines as well as lines around the eyes. Which laser is appropriate for you will depend on the extent and location of your wrinkles. If, however, your main concern is wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows, or at the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), a better choice may be a neuromodulator such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, or Xeomin®.
  • Pigmentation problems: Pigmentation problems such as melasma, birthmarks, age spots, and freckles can often be treated with laser skin resurfacing. The Fraxel Dual laser is particularly good for reducing unwanted pigmentation.
  • Skin texture and enlarged pores: Most fractional resurfacing lasers are good for reducing pore size and smoothing skin texture. Talk to one of our doctors to find out which is best for you.
  • Scars and stretch marks: While stretch marks are unfortunately permanent, resurfacing treatments can help to significantly reduce their appearance. We use the Fraxel Re:Store and our newest laser ResurFX to treat stretch marks and scarring.

Who are the best candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

We have a very diverse group of patients that make excellent candidates for San Diego and La Jolla Laser Skin Resurfacing. This treatment is an excellent solution for removing wrinkles, scars, blemishes, or even hyperpigmentation, and can even repair the damage to your skin caused by numerous occurrences, much like the ones below. 

  • Acne or other facial scars
  • Brown spots or blotchy skin coloring
  • Certain benign skin growths
  • Fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids and deep crows feet
  • Vertical wrinkles around the mouth
  • Wrinkled or sun-damaged skin on the face

At La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we also believe the best patients are those who have realistic expectations for their results, maintain a positive attitude throughout their treatment and recovery, and are committed to maintaining a good skincare routine.

What’s the First Step?

 The first step in getting Laser Skin Resurfacing in La Jolla and the surrounding San Diego area is to contact our office and schedule a consultation. During your appointment, your provider will be able to examine the area you wish to treat, as well as answer any questions about the Laser resurfacing process. 

A detailed analysis of your face and skin will also be performed so that we can formulate a plan to address the issue with the most optimal results. If you agree on the treatment, you can start your first session that day, or you may work with our Patient Coordinator to book a time that best suits your needs. 

If you require a more intense skin resurfacing session, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid two to three weeks before your laser procedure. This will help prepare your skin for better results.

To get your Laser Hair Removal performed sooner than later, we strongly recommend avoiding any tanning or sun for at least six weeks before your treatment. The laser targets the hair follicle, so the greater the contrast between your hair and your skin, the better the results. It will also be recommended that you shave the day before your treatment so that the laser will be able to treat the root of the follicle more easily.


What to expect on the day of a Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment

On the day of your Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment, your provider will begin by applying a topical anesthetic in your target areas to ease any pain during the procedure. This also helps to clean the treatment area of any dirt or bacteria before the laser treatment. The laser is then used on your target areas to remove the top layers of your skin to reveal a fresh, new layer. Finally, the treated area will be covered in a protective dressing so it stays clean and guarded while healing.

Laser Skin Resurfacing recovery

Laser Skin resurfacing is an outpatient, in-office procedure, which means you will be able to leave almost immediately after your treatment. Before you leave, an ointment will be applied that will help protect and heal your freshly treated skin. Please keep in mind that your skin will appear red, and there will be some swelling and irritation, which should subside in a few days. You will begin noticing the skin peeling process occurs over a 3 – 5 day period. 

If you are undergoing a more intense resurfacing procedure, your recovery time will last longer. Your treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings, and the burning, irritation, and swelling side effects may be stronger. The recovery period for a more intense resurfacing procedure may last two to three weeks. 

All patients need to minimize their sun exposure following their laser skin resurfacing session and use sun protection frequently. Regardless of the intensity, the treated skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel off. It is vital to avoid picking at the skin during the healing process to prevent scarring and to protect your face from UV exposure. After the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel smoother while also appearing clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.

How much does Laser Skin Resurfacing cost in La Jolla & San Diego, CA?

The cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing in La Jolla & San Diego varies on a number of factors, primarily the number of treatments needed and the extent of the service. To get the most accurate cost, please contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. After your provider creates a treatment plan, our Patient Coordinator can provide you with a pricing breakdown.


Why Choose La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic?

Our commitment to transformative results and personalized care at La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic makes us the premier choice for Laser Skin Resurfacing in La Jolla and San Diego. At the forefront of advanced skincare, our practice – led by the esteemed Dr. Nasrin Mani – offers innovative, cutting-edge technology and individualized attention. With a reputation for excellence and a focus on client comfort, safety, and satisfaction, we redefine skincare. Trust La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic for skincare that transcends expectations, revealing the shine within you.


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Rejuvenate your skin with a laser skin resurfacing treatment at La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic. To learn more about this treatment for men and women in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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  • “I want to share on here how great La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic treated me on the day of my appointment, the staff members were kind and professional and Dr. Mani was great! My experience could not have been any better, Dr. Mani made sure of that! Ty Dr. Mani, I am extremely satisfied with my results and highly recommend La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic!”


  • “Was my first appointment with this clinic. The staff were very nice. Dr Siddiqui was amazing. She really took the time to walk me through the procedure process. She answered all my questions and concerns. She has great bedside manners. I will continue to work with Dr Siddiqui for my dermatology needs and highly recommend her to others. Cheers!”


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