Laser Skin Resurfacing

LASER SKIN RESURFACING
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by Sandia Skin + Face
Albuquerque, NM

If aging, acne, or too much time in the sun has left your face with blotches, scars, wrinkles, or lines, Laser Skin Resurfacing may help your skin look younger and healthier.

Laser Skin Resurfacing removes skin layer by layer with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger-looking surface. The procedure can be done alone or with other cosmetic surgeries on the face.

Lasers are monochromatic (mono meaning “one,” and chromo meaning “color”). Monochromatic means that a given laser emits light of only one wavelength (or color) of light. Lasers work in cosmetic applications through a process called “selective photothermolysis.”

Selective Photothermolysis means that it modulates the frequency of light (photo) to produce heat (Thermo) in the specific area of the corresponding thing you wish to destroy (lysis).

The wavelength of the light beam must be in sync with the color of the target, whether that be brown spots, unsightly red broken capillaries, or some other undesirable skin condition.

The Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedures we offer are:

ACNE LASER SKIN RESURFACING TREATMENT: Our favorite Acne Laser Skin ResurfacingTreatment is a combined option of RF Microneedling coupled with a topical and oral medication regime. RF Microneedling can reduce acne for up to 6 months post-treatment. Acne scarring can be treated with RF microneedling and CO2 laser resurfacing. See our RF Microneedling page and our CO2 laser page.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL: A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling numerous follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s growth. 

CO2 LASER TREATMENT: Skin is treated with a series of CO2 Laser Treatment pulses to enhance skin tone and texture, eliminate the effects of the sun resulting in aging of the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth out unsightly scars.

ROSACEA TREATMENT: The Gentle Max Pro laser is effective at treating diffuse redness and telangiectasias caused by Rosacea. Using this laser option to treat rosacea expedites results and improves clinical outcomes compared with topical or oral treatments alone.  

BENIGN PIGMENTED LESION TREATMENT: Benign Pigmented Lesions are brown spots on the face, chest, hands, and arms are a common sign of aging. Our GentleMax Pro laser treats flat benign pigmented lesions quickly and effectively on lighter skin types 

SPIDER VEIN LASER THERAPY: Spider veins are tiny varicose veins and telangiectasias. They are thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin’s surface and are commonly red or purple in appearance.

LASER SKIN RESURFACING
PROCEDURES

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ACNE LASER SKIN RESURFACING TREATMENT

ACNE LASER SKIN RESURFACING

Our favorite Acne Laser Skin ResurfacingTreatment is a combined option of RF Microneedling coupled with a topical and oral medication regime. RF Microneedling can reduce acne for up to 6 months post-treatment. Acne scarring can be treated with RF microneedling and CO2 laser resurfacing. See our RF Microneedling page and our CO2 laser page.
ACNE LASER SKIN RESURFACING
LASER HAIR REMOVAL

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling numerous follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hair’s growth.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
CO2 LASER TREATMENT

CO2 LASER RESURFACING

Skin is treated with a series of CO2 Laser Treatment pulses to enhance skin tone and texture, eliminate the effects of the sun resulting in aging of the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth out unsightly scars.
CO2 LASER RESURFACING
ROSACEA TREATMENT

ROSACEA LASER TREATMENT

The Gentle Max Pro laser is effective at treating diffuse redness and telangiectasias caused by Rosacea. Using this laser option to treat rosacea expedites results and improves clinical outcomes compared with topical or oral treatments alone.
ROSACEA LASER TREATMENT
BENIGN PIGMENTED LESION LASER TREATMENT

BENIGN PIGMENTED LESION LASER TREATMENT

Benign Pigmented Lesions are brown spots on the face, chest, hands, and arms are a common sign of aging. Our GentleMax Pro laser treats flat benign pigmented lesions quickly and effectively on lighter skin types.
BENIGN PIGMENTED LESION LASER TREATMENT
SPIDER VEIN LASER THERAPY

SPIDER VEIN LASER THERAPY

Spider veins are tiny varicose veins and telangiectasias. They are thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin’s surface and are commonly red or purple in appearance.
SPIDER VEIN LASER THERAPY

LASER SKIN RESURACING
FAQ

Laser resurfacing is a highly effective method for eliminating wrinkles, flattening protruding acne scars, and improving aging and sun-damaged skin. The laser beam can selectively vaporize wrinkles and scars. There is more control in the depth of penetration, and this allows for more precision and safety in the treatment. Also known as lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser skin peel.

Five to seven days after laser resurfacing, your skin will become dry and peel. Depending on the problem that was treated, healing typically takes 10 to 21 days. Once the skin heals, you can wear oil-free makeup to minimize redness, which usually fades in two to three months.

Laser skin resurfacing treatments are generally safe when completed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. However, anyone considering the procedure should be aware that laser skin resurfacing complications (such as abnormal healing and infection, though quite rare) do arise.

You’ll have some redness and swelling. You may also experience itching or stinging for a few days after the procedure. Depending on the treatment, some people may have what looks like a severe sunburn. The skin will be raw, oozing, and may even blister.

Most patients require at least three to four treatments in order to see the most optimal results. The treatments are scheduled about a month apart to allow your skin to properly recover.

Laser generally delivers faster results than peels, with results showing in just three to five days. This is especially true when patients choose laser resurfacing to fade acne scars.

Do not apply make-up over the treated skin for at least 10 days. About 30% of laser patients will experience hyperpigmentation after skin resurfacing. This usually occurs about 4 weeks after the procedure.

Laser skin tightening is a minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime. It heats the skin, causing collagen to constrict, making skin look tighter, more firm, and less crepey. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.

While laser skin treatments do work incredibly quickly, they can be slightly irritating during the treatment itself. The pain is minimal and has been compared by patients to ‘a rubber band snapping against your skin. ‘ After a few minutes, your skin becomes used to the pain and you don’t feel it anymore.

The best in class for wrinkle removal, treatment of crow’s feet, sun damage removal, and overall skin rejuvenation is the Fraxel Repair laser. Yes, there is some downtime with Fraxel, but after a couple of days looking like you have a sunburn, your skin will look 10 years younger, tighter, and completely refreshed.

Laser resurfacing can decrease the appearance of fine lines in the face. It can also treat loss of skin tone and improve your complexion if you have scars or sun damage. Laser resurfacing can’t eliminate excessive or sagging skin.

We recommend a series of 3-5 treatments, one month apart for best results. To maintain results, we often recommend a single treatment every 6 months to a year following your initial series of treatments.

Fine lines, wrinkles, and rough-textured skin are common and can benefit from laser resurfacing and rejuvenation. Age 50 and Over – As fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging become more prominent, laser resurfacing treatments can help improve the condition of your skin and reveal a more youthful appearance.

A laser hair removal session will normally take 60 minutes or less, depending on the size of the area being treated. Typically, on the body, 8 to 10 (up to 12 on darker skin tones) successive treatments are required for optimal results. Facial hair usually requires 12 to 16 successive treatments.

It is important to note that laser resurfacing cannot remove deep wrinkles or excessive or sagging skin. In addition, the effects aren’t permanent because as you age, you continue to develop wrinkles. Repeated treatments may be necessary.

SANDIA SKIN + FACE
PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

  • 5 star review  Positive: Cleanliness ,  Professionalism ,  Punctuality Easy to book online. Seamless appointment and did not feel rushed. Tonya explained thoroughly and made sure i had the best results for botox and minimizing my frown line. Highly recommend!

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    September 20, 2021

    5 star review  Positive: Cleanliness ,  Professionalism ,  Punctuality ,  Quality Tonya really takes the time to listen to your concerns and is very accommodating. Results were fast and I love them. I highly recommend them.

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    April 4, 2021

    5 star review  The office staff is super accommodating and helpful, and Dr. Tuggle and Tonya Tuggle are both wonderful at what they do. I have had multiple procedures/treatments here over the years and highly recommend them. I never feel uncomfortable or judged, which is huge when deciding on cosmetic procedures. I also never felt pressured into anything and always felt informed about all of my decisions. They have great seasonal specials on fillers, etc!

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    May 4, 2021
  • 5 star review  Tonya is amazing!! She made me feel so comfortable and really listened to my concerns about my skin. She really cares and knows what she is doing. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!! I was concerned my first appointment but I just had my third and I can say it’s so worth it!!! Botox has been an incredible experience and I’m so happy to have tried it, I’m so much happier with my appearance and it looks incredibly natural. I’ve included before and after photos, neither photo is filtered or edited, you can see how makeup would collect in my forehead, and how the after it’s smooth and looks so lovely. It doesn’t feel weird or like I can’t move my muscles at all, it feels super natural. One of my biggest concerns was that I wouldn’t be able to emote with Botox but that’s just not true at all. I feel so confident and that is thanks to Tonya!

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    September 13, 2021

    5 star review  Positive: Cleanliness ,  Professionalism ,  Punctuality ,  Quality ,  Value Dr. Tonya Tuggle is a true professional and such a nice person. I highly recommend her and Sandia Skin.

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    September 13, 2021

    5 star review  Positive: Cleanliness ,  Professionalism ,  Punctuality ,  Quality ,  Value First time getting Botox, I was very nervous. They ARE super friendly. They explained everything to me also answered all of my questions. Tonya is the BEST!!! she is so friendly and professional. I totally recommend this place to get Botox. THE BEST IN ABQ

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    July 4, 2021
  • 5 star review  How amazing! I can’t believe what Tonya has done for me! She took excellent care of me! My first time ever for Botox and Lip Filler. I’m 58 feeling like 30 again! Everyone deserves this! I will be back! My crows are gone. My lipstick goes on smooth with no bleeds. You are totally amazing Tonya! Thank you again ! Tonya was so professional and went over everything in detail with me! Totally amazing place! Treat yourself! We all deserve to look great and feel great! ❤️

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    April 4, 2021

    5 star review  Positive: Cleanliness ,  Professionalism ,  Punctuality ,  Quality ,  Value Getting botox at Sandia Skin & Face was the best decision I've ever made. No more lines on my forehead 🙂

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    September 4, 2021

    5 star review  I recently relocated from CA. I was nervous to find a new place for lip fillers after going to the same person for several years. Tonya was absolutely amazing! She is extremely knowledgeable and instantly made me feel comfortable. Tonya exceeded my expectations. I’ve received so many compliments from friends and family. The entire staff were friendly and professional. I will definitely become a loyal client. Thank you Tonya and team!!!

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SANDIA SKIN + FACE
PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

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Registered Nurse Practitioner Tonya Tuggle is Albuquerque’s choice for those who want to keep their youthful appearance and healthy glow. Tonya is passionate about educating patients on preventative skin care and providing non-surgical maintenance for graceful aging. We can’t wait to meet you!

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