Facial Rejuvenation and Laser Resurfacing - Bakersfield | Fresno | Malibu CA

Laser Facial Resurfacing

There are lots of facial rejuvenation treatments on the market these days, but the gold standard for skin resurfacing remains the CO2 laser.

It's been giving great results for years, clocking in high levels of patient satisfaction. At Shah & Associates we use the UltraPulse® EncoreTM CO2 laser system, widely regarded as a top-of-the-line system for CO2 laser resurfacing.

The CO2 laser is truly a versatile treatment, addressing a wide variety of skin condtions such as acne scarring and deep facial wrinkling.

Which skin issues does it treat best?

The CO2 laser is most commonly used to treat mild to severe wrinkles, pigmentation changes (discoloration), acne scars, pucker marks and photo damage. While removing damage, it also stimulates the formation of new underlying collagen.

Over time, its collagen-stimulating properties will improve your skin's elasticity and help you retain fullness where you need it -- collagen is what supports the upper layers of the skin.

How do CO2 laser treatments work?

A high-energy beam of CO2 light is sent through a handpiece that I will apply gently to the surface of your skin. The light vaporizes lines, wrinkles, scars, dark spots and other irregularities, layer by layer. As with all resurfacing techniques, the deeper the penetration, the more efficacious the procedure. (And the longer the recovery period.)

Depending on the severity of your skin problems, I will choose different settings, and use my judgment regarding the number of times to pass the handpiece over each area.

What results can I expect?

Laser resurfacing restores your skin to a healthy state, similar to that of skin that has not experienced sun damage or scarring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the expected recovery time from the CO2 Laser?

A. Generally with Deep Co2 laser resurfacing you will be at home for 7-9 days where you will have a routine of washing your face with vinegar washes and applying moisturizers. Thereafter you can return to your regular routine but will have a pink tinge that can last up to 6 weeks. This is easily covered with make-up.


We are pleased to offer a breakthrough technology that is on of the most popular cosmetic treatment in years. IPL Photo Rejuvenation (IPL) is an intense pulsed light treatment for face, neck and/or chest. IPL is the most effective treatment for redness and flushing of the skin and will rejuvenate the look and feel of skin by reducing fine wrinkles, pore size, roughness and fade age spots.

Why is IPL so exciting?

Medical lasers deliver a specific band of light that will generally treat one skin problem. Dr. Shah & Associates Lumines One IPL Photo Rejuvenation Systems deliver a broad band of pulsed light, so they are an alternative to plastic surgery or chemical peels and it has no downtime! Following a treatment, most patients can go back to their usual activities and can immediately apply make-up. IPL is a safe, non-invasive solution that can be customized to your individual needs and will provide superior cosmetic results and high levels of satisfaction. After only the first treatment, skin feels smoother and appears more even toned.

How many and how often?

A series of at least 5 treatments is needed to obtain the best results. Some patients may benefit from more treatments depending on the severity of the condition treated. Treatments are given 3-6 weeks apart. Based on the high level of demand for this procedure, many offices are offering inappropriate subsitutes. Don’t be fooled by other practices that give only a single “pass” with the machine or only treat “part” of the face with a machine that is not a true IPL machine.

Am I a candidate?

IPL treats facial concerns such as sun-damaged skin, abnormal pigmentation (melasma and hyperpigmentation), irregular pigmentation, age spots, freckling, enlarged pores, rosacea, small facial veins, roughness and fine wrinkles, birth marks and other facial blemishes.

If your appearance is marred by facial redness or signs of aging, or if you would like to maintain a youthful, healthy appearance then IPL is for you. Contact our office for a consultation to see if we can help you with the latest technology and no downtime!