Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All

Many of us have dark spots from sun damage, scars, and stretch marks that make us cringe when we look in the mirror. Some of these marks have been with us for years; maybe a few scars left from acne when we were younger or stretch marks from having a baby. If you’re ready to diminish the look of these imperfections, laser therapy can help.

Dr. Raymund J. Llaurado in Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria, California, helps people of all ages look their best with laser resurfacing treatments that remove damaged skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Once your skin heals, you’ll have a smoother complexion that’s more evenly toned. Age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and scars will be less noticeable too.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Traditional laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that improves skin tone and reduces the signs of aging, sun damage, and scars. Think of it as a power wash for your face. It uses pulsating beams of light to penetrate layers of your skin and melt away those pesky blemishes.

DOT fractional laser therapy

In addition to regular laser therapy, Dr. Llaurado offers a premium service with dermal optical thermolysis (DOT CO2) fractional laser therapy. In this procedure, light beams are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove layers of skin with less heat damage. This procedure is more precise and causes less damage to the surrounding skin. This takes 30 minutes or less, depending on the areas being treated. Usually, only one visit is needed to achieve your desired results.


Whether you have scars from acne, accidents, or surgery, DOT fractional laser skin therapy can help. Scars won’t go away completely, but they’ll appear less noticeable after treatment. Thicker, older scars may need more than one treatment.


Dark spots and the signs of aging caused by sun damage can easily be erased with laser therapy. Your skin will be smoother, and you’ll have an even skin tone.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are rights of passage, reminders of the babies we carried, and the weight we gained and lost throughout the years. We get them when our skin stretches too fast, causing the collagen to break down. Lasers may not be effective on stretch marks you’ve had for a long time. During your consultation, Dr. Llaurado will let you know if laser treatment is a good option or not.


Laser resurfacing treatments may cause redness and swelling; use ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers to speed up the healing process and feel better. Recovery can take up to 10 days depending on what you had done, so remember this when filling up your social calendar.

To learn more about laser skin resurfacing or to make an appointment with Dr. Llaurado, call 805-270-2046. Or, use the online booking tool today.

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