They might. They might not. What laser resurfacing feels like depends on the laser, the depth and area of treatment, and an individual’s tolerance for pain. Patients and doctors commonly compare the sensation felt during laser treatments to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Deeper ablative (some outer layers of skin are removed) laser treatments may require local anesthetic injections or sedation to keep patients comfortable.
For most, multiple treatments of minimally invasive Erbium Laser Peels will achieve the desired result with less downtime, risk, or discomfort. In this case, topical numbing and/or chilly air blowing on the skin keeps the patient comfortable.
Some non-ablative laser treatments (the laser passes through the skin without removing layers) cause little-to-no pain and require only a topical numbing cream to offset discomfort. Non-ablative lasers include pulsed-dye, ND: Yag, and Alexandrite lasers. Following the procedure, some degree of tenderness in the treatment area can be expected. Your provider will recommend safe ways to control discomfort after laser resurfacing when necessary.