Laser resurfacing — a popular option in the family of ablative (wounding) skin resurfacing techniques — removes aged or sun-damaged skin to allow younger looking skin to grow in its place.

Laser resurfacing is an effective treatment for minor facial flaws. For example, it can lessen the appearance of fine lines around your eyes, mouth and cheeks. It can also improve your complexion if you have yellowish or grayish skin tones.

Though laser resurfacing is an effective treatment for minor facial flaws, it does have limitations. Knowing what you can realistically expect and the benefits and risks involved can help you decide if laser resurfacing is the best procedure to improve the look of your skin.