Laser resurfacing is a relatively new procedure designed to reduce the inevitable and unwanted signs of aging, especially those caused by wrinkles, lines or scars. The technique involves removing layers of skin, one at a time, by using a precision laser. Not only is the procedure effective, it is painless and quick; most resurfacing procedures take less than two hours. You may be required to stop smoking before and after the procedure, and avoid certain supplements and medications. You can expect to feel some slight discomfort and have some swelling around the treated area. The complete healing process takes about three weeks and after that, it’s important to keep the skin moisturized and limit your time spent exposed to the sun. Resurfacing may be covered by your insurance company if the procedure is to remove a precancerous growth or unsightly scars.