St. Petersburg Skin and Laser center

Laser Skin Resurfacing


Your Key to Unveil a Younger, More Radiant You

Are you keen to rediscover your youthful glow, banish those fine lines and wrinkles, and rekindle your confidence? Look no further. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we offer you a transformative journey that will help you age gracefully with the latest medical procedure: Laser Skin Resurfacing. Dr. Kesty is one of only a handful of Fellowship Trained Laser Surgeons in the United States and she is renowned for making her patients look 10-20 years younger- all while looking natural.

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I have had several procedures with Dr. Kesty and have always been very pleased. She gives customized recommendations and her expertise is evident in the results. I will be back for future treatments.

—Jenna G.

Why Choose Us for Your Skin?

Unlock age-defying transformations with the tailored expertise of Dr. Kat Kesty, a pioneer in laser cosmetic dermatology

Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
Broadest selection of lasers in Florida (25+)
One of a handful of fellowship trained laser surgeons in the nation
Customized treatments merge science & artistry

Advantages of Laser Resurfacing Treatments

Addressing the unwelcome changes that sun damage, aging, and other factors bring to your skin.
Revitalized Skin
Enhanced Self-Confidence:
Lasting Results
Minimal Recovery Time
Fights Sun Damage
Reduces Aging and Wrinkles
Before After

Your Best Skin Awaits

Take the first step toward the clear, confident you.

Benefits of Laser Resurfacing

Embrace the transformative power of laser skin resurfacing under the expertise of Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser – because you deserve the very best in skincare. 

Revitalized Skin

Experience significant improvements in skin texture and appearance, as our procedures effectively diminish wrinkles, scars, and discolorations. 

Lasting Results

Benefit from long-term enhancements in skin quality with increased firmness and youthfulness, thanks to our treatments that stimulate collagen growth.

Bespoke Treatments

Your skin is unique, and so are our treatments. Dr. Kesty designs personalized plans based on your individual skin needs and aesthetic objectives, ensuring results that exceed expectations.

Cutting-Edge Technology

With access to 35+ different lasers, St. Petersburg Skin and Laser is at the forefront of technological advancements, providing you with the best, up-to-date solutions for your skin concerns.

Minimal Recovery Time

With precision treatments designed for quick recovery, your journey to refreshed skin will not keep you away from your daily activities for long.

Enhanced Self-Confidence

With visibly improved skin, you’ll experience a boost in self-confidence. Our treatments not only rejuvenate your skin but also uplift your spirit.

Safe and Effective

Laser skin resurfacing is a safe procedure with predictable outcomes. Under Dr. Kesty’s expert care, you can be assured that you are provided with the safest possible, well-monitored treatment experience.

Comprehensive Skin Analysis

We perform an in-depth analysis of your skin to understand its unique characteristics, helping us deliver treatments that are truly individualized.

Professional Aftercare

Post-treatment, we provide thorough aftercare guidance to ensure your skin heals properly and the results of the procedure are optimized.

Trust St. Petersburg Skin and Laser for Exceptional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Choosing the right specialist for Laser Skin Resurfacing is a crucial decision. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we take pride in our lead Dermatologist and Medical Director, Dr. Kat Kesty. Unlike med spa technicians, Dr. Kesty is a Double Board Certified Dermatologist with extensive Fellowship Training in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology.

Dr. Kesty’s unique expertise is a testament to her rigorous academic and practical training (14+ years), which surpasses the standards of most med spa technicians. Her education, combined with her years of experience, equip her with the acumen to provide safe, precise, and effective laser treatments tailored to the unique skin conditions and cosmetic goals of each patient.

Choosing St. Petersburg Skin and Laser for your Laser Skin Resurfacing means entrusting your skin to an expert who not only understands the technical aspects of laser therapy but also the underlying biological and medical implications. Trust Dr. Kesty for the most advanced, safe, and effective laser skin resurfacing treatment.

You’re Not Vain; You’re Taking Care of Your Skin

Aging is a natural process. Yet, when the mirror reveals signs like wrinkles, liver spots, or acne scars, it is not vanity to want a change it is taking care of your health and wellbeing.

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we understand that everyone has unique skin needs and aspirations. Whether it’s smoothing out your forehead, lightening dark spots, or reducing the appearance of scars, we can help. Our laser skin resurfacing is not just a medical procedure—it is a transformation journey, one that leaves you feeling confident and radiant.

Laser patient with cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kesty

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a ground-breaking therapy that rejuvenates your skin, leaving it more vibrant and youthful. It is a powerful tool wielded by our Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Kesty, who understands the intricacies of cell biology and the essence of maintaining a beautiful complexion. This treatment harnesses the precision and power of light beams to treat various skin conditions, leaving your skin healthier, smoother, and firmer.

How Laser Skin Resurfacing Work

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, our laser skin resurfacing procedures are anchored by two principal lasers: the Carbon-dioxide (CO2) laser and the Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (YAG) laser. Both have been tried and tested for their safety, precision, and effectiveness.

Our approach utilizes a technique called ablation. In this process, we use the laser to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. This selective damage is strategic – it instigates your body’s natural healing response, which involves an increase in collagen production in the underlying layers of your skin, known as the dermis. Collagen, a key protein involved in skin elasticity and firmness, helps restore the structure of your skin, resulting in a fresh, smooth, and rejuvenated appearance.

The depth and intensity of the ablation are meticulously controlled to cater to your unique skin needs and concerns. Whether you are looking to soften fine lines and wrinkles, address sun damage, or reduce the visibility of scars, we adjust our approach accordingly. We use the laser like an artist’s brush, delicately refining the skin layer by layer to reveal your best skin beneath.

The genius of our procedure lies in the exceptional skill and comprehensive understanding of skin science that Dr. Kat Kesty brings to the table. She considers the minutiae of human skin color, the distinct characteristics of the epidermis and dermis, and the variations inherent to individual skin conditions. She applies this deep knowledge to fine-tune the laser settings, ensuring the procedure is tailored specifically to you.

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we not only adopt the most advanced technologies but also pair them with unparalleled dermatological care. The result is a laser skin resurfacing experience that is both transformative and reassuring. Let us guide your journey to radiant skin with our expertise, compassion, and commitment to outstanding patient care.

Candidate Suitability and Medical History

Before embarking on this journey, it is critical to have an in-depth discussion with Dr. Kesty to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Factors such as your medical history, skin type, and existing skin conditions play a critical role in determining your treatment plan.

The Healing Process

After the procedure, you might experience mild swelling or edema, akin to a sunburn. An ice pack or an over-the-counter drug might be recommended for comfort. With proper wound healing care—like the use of an ice pack and petroleum jelly, your new skin will start emerging within a week. The treated area might appear red or pink, which is a sign of your skin’s active healing and collagen production.

The full result of laser skin resurfacing is typically revealed after several months when collagen remodeling and wound healing is complete. It is critical to avoid sun exposure during this healing phase, as the new skin is delicate and susceptible to damage.

Addressing Concerns: Infection, Pain, and Hypopigmentation

Our utmost priority is your safety and comfort. Dr. Kesty and her highly trained team at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser take meticulous steps to minimize risks, such as infection and hypopigmentation. Patients are provided with antiviral drugs to prevent an outbreak triggered by the procedure. This prophylaxis is standard of care for any ablative laser procedure.

During the treatment, a local anesthetic is applied to manage pain and ensure your comfort. Post-procedure, you might experience a sensation similar to mild sunburn, but this is manageable with oral Tylenol and ice.

Next Steps: What to Expect in Your Consultation

Your Laser Skin Resurfacing journey begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Kesty, a Board Certified Surgeon with extensive experience in Laser medicine. She will conduct a thorough examination of your skin and discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals. The Cosmetic Consult with Dr. Kesty is an excellent opportunity to address your concerns and ensure this therapy aligns with your cosmetic goals.

If you decide to proceed, you will be guided on the necessary pre-procedure steps, like refraining from certain medications and applying specific topical creams. Our team will ensure you understand every step of the process and will answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

After the procedure, you’ll be provided with clear instructions on wound care, like keeping the area moisturized with a recommended product and avoiding sun exposure. Regular follow-ups will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth and successful healing process.

Our Commitment to Your Skin Health

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we believe in a holistic approach to skin care. We strive to provide the most effective therapies, but we also emphasize prevention and maintenance. As a result, you are not just getting a laser resurfacing treatment—you’re gaining a lifelong partner in your skin health journey.

Dr. Kesty and her team are dedicated to empowering you with knowledge and practical advice, from the importance of broad-spectrum sunscreen to the benefits of a well-rounded skin care regimen. By combining the latest technology with expertise and patient-focused care, we help you protect and enhance your skin’s natural beauty, health, and vitality.

Your journey to rejuvenated, radiant skin starts here. Contact St. Petersburg Skin and Laser today to book your consultation. Rediscover your skin’s potential and let us guide you to a more confident, vibrant you. You deserve it.

Age Gracefully

Enhance your natural beauty.

FAQs About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Is laser skin resurfacing beneficial for facial rejuvenation (photorejuvenation)?

Absolutely. Laser skin resurfacing can revitalize the face by reducing wrinkles, improving texture, and correcting discoloration. It can stimulate collagen, giving your skin a more youthful, vibrant appearance.

Can this procedure be performed around the eye?

While great care is needed, specific lasers can safely treat areas around the eye, enhancing the skin’s appearance without surgery. Laser procedures around the eye should only be performed by Laser Surgeons that are also Board Certified Dermatologists.

Is laser skin resurfacing more effective on light skin?

Light skin types often see optimal results due to the contrast between the treatment area and the surrounding skin. However, your physician can adjust the laser’s wavelength to match all skin types on the Fitzpatrick scale. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we have 30+ different Lasers and Energy-Based Devices to customize a Laser Resurfacing plan to fit your skin type and cosmetic goals.

Can laser resurfacing treat hyperpigmentation?

Yes, lasers such as the NdYAG can target melanin in the skin, reducing hyperpigmentation. The treatment’s effectiveness may vary by individual and skin type.

Can laser skin resurfacing spread herpes simplex?

There’s a risk of reactivating herpes simplex (herpes labialis) with skin resurfacing procedures. Physicians typically prescribe an antiviral medication to prevent reactivation of the virus.

Will I need to apply a medical dressing after laser skin resurfacing?

After treatment, your skin may be covered with a semi-permeable dressing or antibiotic-laden gauze to protect it from bacteria and assist in healing. In addition, sometimes a broad-spectrum antibiotic will be prescribed.

Is laser resurfacing a surgery?

While it is a medical procedure, laser resurfacing is not classified as surgery. It uses energy to heat the skin and encourage natural healing processes. It is better trusted to a physician than a spa tech due to the difference in training and potential for harm (scarring).

Can laser skin resurfacing be used to treat birthmarks?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat some types of birthmarks by using energy to target the pigmented tissues and encourage their natural breakdown.

Can laser resurfacing treat skin cancer?

Laser resurfacing is not a treatment for skin cancer. Always consult with a physician if you suspect skin cancer. Laser Resurfacing can treat pre-cancers and can prevent you from getting skin cancer in the future.

Can laser resurfacing remove spider veins?

Techniques such as Nd:YAG Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), or photorejuvenation, can effectively reduce the appearance of spider veins by directing energy to heat the veins and cause them to disappear.

Is laser resurfacing covered by health insurance?

Most health insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures like laser skin resurfacing. Always check with your insurance provider.

Is it safe to undergo laser skin resurfacing while breastfeeding?

It is best to wait until after breastfeeding to have laser skin resurfacing. Certain medications and topical anesthetics used during the procedure could potentially pass into breast milk.

What is the role of a moisturizer in the recovery process?

Moisturizers play an essential role in recovery, helping to soothe the skin, minimize inflammation, and maintain hydration, promoting faster and more effective healing post-treatment. Re-start your retinoid as directed by Dr. Kesty after your Laser.

How does laser skin resurfacing compare to a chemical peel or dermabrasion?

While all three methods aim to improve skin appearance, laser resurfacing is more precise, and its intensity can be adjusted to meet individual cosmetic goals and skin. Chemical peels (ex. glycolic acid) and dermabrasion, however, may be options for certain skin conditions or types.

Can laser skin resurfacing lead to bruising?

It is possible to experience some minor bruising after laser skin resurfacing, especially with deeper treatments. However, this is temporary and usually subsides within a week.

How does the NdYAG laser work in skin resurfacing?

The NdYAG laser emits a specific wavelength of light that penetrates deep into the skin. This energy heats the tissue, promoting collagen production and cell regeneration, ultimately improving skin texture and tone.

Is laser skin resurfacing effective on the neck?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat skin on the neck, reducing signs of aging or sun damage, and improving overall skin texture. Collagen induction therapy on the neck with Lasers and radio frequency can significantly improve the appearance of the neck.

Can laser skin resurfacing be used on African American skin?

While African American skin can be more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation if heated to an inappropriate temperature, with a carefully calibrated laser such as an Nd:YAG and an experienced physician, laser skin resurfacing can be performed safely and effectively. A complication or adverse effect can occur after any Laser procedure, so it is best to seek out a Board Certified Dermatologist to perform and ablative laser resurfacing or fractional lasers.

Can laser skin resurfacing address issues like spider veins?

Yes, specific lasers can be targeted at the hemoglobin in spider veins, effectively reducing their visibility by collapsing the veins without damaging the surrounding skin.

Should I stop taking vitamins or aspirin before the procedure?

Some vitamins and supplements like aspirin can increase the risk of bruising or bleeding. It is best to discuss all medications, vitamins, and supplements you’re taking with your physician before the procedure.

What is a Fraxel laser and how is it used in laser skin resurfacing?

Fraxel laser is a type of fractional laser technology with high accuracy and precision that targets a fraction of the skin at a time, leaving surrounding tissue intact for rapid healing. It’s highly effective in treating signs of aging, sun damage, melasma, acne scars, and more. It works by creating tiny microthermal zones deep in the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing process and promoting the production of new, healthy skin cells. As always, Dr. Kesty will determine if you are a good candidate for Fraxel or another Laser for skin rejuvenation.

What is an Erbium laser and how does it work in laser skin resurfacing?

An Erbium laser is a specific type of ablative laser commonly used in skin resurfacing treatments. Ablative lasers emit a wavelength that is absorbed by the water in our skin cells, allowing for precise removal of damaged skin. Erbium Laser Resurfacing is particularly useful for treating surface-level skin concerns like fine lines and moderate wrinkles, and it typically involves shorter recovery times compared to other laser treatments. Always consult Dr. Kesty to see if the Erbium laser is the best choice for your skin concerns.

Can laser skin resurfacing be done around the mouth?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth. It’s important to disclose any history of cold sores or herpes simplex to Dr. Kesty, as these can be reactivated by the procedure.

Can laser skin resurfacing be done on my nose?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing can be performed on the nose. It can effectively address issues like scars, wrinkles, discolorations, or sun damage.

Can laser skin resurfacing be used to remove warts?

Yes, certain types of lasers can be used to remove warts (verruca). The laser’s light energy targets the water in the cells, causing vaporization of the wart tissue. It’s considered a safe and effective treatment with minimal side effects. Always consult with Dr. Kesty to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

How does a carbon-dioxide laser function in laser skin resurfacing?

A carbon-dioxide laser uses a specific beam of light to vaporize skin tissue. This stimulates collagen production, promoting healing and rejuvenation.

Are there any topical medications that could enhance my laser skin resurfacing results?

Yes, certain topical medications like glycolic acid or tretinoin can enhance the effects of resurfacing by promoting skin cell turnover. Also using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50 or higher every day can help maintain your results from Laser Resurfacing.

Does laser skin resurfacing work well for dark skin?

The effectiveness of laser resurfacing on dark skin can vary, largely depending on the treatment and individual’s skin. Board Certified Physicians like Dr. Kesty can customize the procedure to minimize risks and maximize benefits.

Can laser skin resurfacing help with rosacea symptoms?

Laser skin resurfacing can help manage rosacea symptoms such as redness and visible capillaries. Rosacea can be treated with multiple different lasers including vascular and collagen-stimulating lasers.

Is it necessary to quit smoking before laser skin resurfacing?

Smoking cessation is highly recommended before and after the procedure as it can negatively affect healing and results.

Can laser skin resurfacing treat issues like telangiectasia or sebaceous gland disorders?

Laser skin resurfacing can treat a variety of skin conditions including telangiectasia (spider veins) and sebaceous gland disorders, including sebaceous hyperplasia, and moles/mole removal.

Is there any risk of developing keloids after laser skin resurfacing?

While rare, there’s a slight risk of developing keloids or excessive scarring after laser skin resurfacing, particularly for those predisposed. Discuss your medical history with Dr. Kesty before treatment.

What side effects should I expect after the procedure?

Common side effects include redness, swelling, and itchiness. Blistering can occur but is less common. Dr. Kesty will discuss potential side effects based on your unique treatment.

What role does water play in laser skin resurfacing?

Lasers like the carbon-dioxide laser target water in skin cells to achieve the desired vaporization of tissue. Proper hydration can aid in the recovery process post-procedure.

Can I use cosmetics immediately after laser skin resurfacing?

It is best to avoid cosmetics directly after treatment to let the skin heal. Dr. Kesty will provide personalized advice on when it is safe to resume your makeup routine. Always avoid ultraviolet light (sunlight) when you are healing from a Laser.

Is laser skin resurfacing helpful for acne?

Yes, the process can decrease oil production by targeting the sebaceous glands, and improve acne scars by promoting collagen induction. Lasers and acne medications can work together to cure acne.

Does laser skin resurfacing cause pain?
Lasers, like other dermatologic surgery procedures, is generally well-tolerated with local anesthesia or sedation. An oral analgesic (painkiller) may be used post-procedure to manage any discomfort.

How does the laser interact with skin pigments?

Lasers target different skin structures based on their wavelength. Some specifically target pigment, making them useful for treating hyperpigmentation and other pigment-related conditions.

What is the role of board certification for professionals performing laser skin resurfacing?

Board Certification ensures that your physician has the required training, skills, and experience to deliver safe and effective treatments, providing reassurance in the quality of care you are receiving.

Can I undergo laser skin resurfacing if I have a disease such as herpes simplex or diabetes?

Certain conditions like herpes simplex can be triggered by laser procedures and cosmetic surgery, and diabetes can affect healing. Always disclose your medical history to Dr. Kesty for a safe and effective treatment plan.

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