This Laser is No Laughing Matter


I officially consider myself a beauty “try-sexual.”

If it is a process, procedure, or product that might help me preserve my skin….I WILL TRY IT. And I’m not gonna lie, turning 35 has really done a number on my skin. I guess there’s some sort of magic alarm that immediately goes off, because EVERYTHING CHANGES: the texture, the plumpness, the fine lines, the discoloration, and don’t even get me started on the adult acne! But what if I told you there was a way to not only change your existing skin, but to also stimulate new collagen growth underneath? Sign me up, right?!

If you follow my shenanigans on Snapchat, you might have seen my most recent skincare procedure indulgence at Elevate Med Spa. No, there weren’t any needles, and no, it didn’t include a jar of magic serum.  It’s the big daddy of them all….drumroll, please……THE PROFRACTIONAL LASER. Y’all, this laser is no joke…it kind of puts everything else to shame. We aren’t talking about a little photo-facial, or a microdermabrasion, or a vampire facial, or microneedling, or the skin pen…those don’t even compare to this. Ladies, this is a legit laser that, essentially, burns off the top 22% of your skin….got your attention yet?

So why this laser? What sets this procedure apart from all the other cosmetic options? Why would I put myself through this? Honestly, the biggest advocate for the profractional laser was the simple fact that I had a girlfriend who had done it about 120 days prior to me….so I had seen the results, & the incredible proof was right there in front of me.  I could simply look at her skin and shout, “OH MY GOD YOUR SKIN IS PERFECT!” And her answer every single time led me back to the profractional laser. So, what exactly does it do? This laser stimulates down into the deep channels of your skin and causes your skin go into repair mode….and during that healing process, new skin emerges & new collagen is stimulated! Basically, its a really intense way of burning off the old skin so that the new gorgeous, baby skin can emerge!

Knowing what I was putting myself through, I blocked off 4 days from my calendar to tend to my face. Since everyone heals differently, I wanted to be prepared for whatever might happen, but I also wanted to be able to document the process! Some might say that they’d NEVER share their progress pictures, but hopefully seeing these help answer your questions, because Lord knows I googled the hell out of the procedure before I jumped in!

As terrifying as those are to look at….it shocks me how much progress my skin has made in just 45 days! Upon having the profractional laser, I was told that my best results would begin to show up around 90 days, so it’s exciting to wake up everyday and see how my skin is changing for the better!

Here are some additional, frequent questions that I get about my experience:

  • Did it hurt? I’m not gonna lie, it doesn’t feel good. Yes, there is numbing cream, but you are burning your skin off….so it’s gonna hurt. Is it bearable? Yes. I would compare it to a HORRIBLE sunburn. And honestly, the blood and swelling makes it a little more scary than it actually is. Pain is gone after Day 1.
  • Is it worth the money? Considering this procedure averages around 1k, yes, it is ABSOLUTELY worth every penny. If you are someone who a) has skin concerns, b) feels self conscious about the appearance of your skin, or c) is concerned with preserving the integrity of your skin longterm, than the profractional is probably right up your alley. Skincare is something that I budget for and am willing to spend money on, and I think most of y’all would agree that you’d rather have beautiful, glowing skin than a new pair of high heels! Am I right or am I right?!
  • Would you do it again? I will 100% do this again. After talking to the Tori at Elevate Med Spa, I think I am going to work it into my skincare program once a year to continue to help stimulate collagen growth and keep my skin in tip top shape!

Did I cover it all?! Ladies, in all honesty, this profractional laser has changed the integrity of my skin…it has made my skin my baby that I nurture! Because I have loved sharing this process with yall, please leave additional comments below if there is anything else you are curious about and I will be certain to answer! And if you are near Dallas, feel free to call the team at Elevate Med Spa & they can answer all your skincare questions!

  • Abigail

    How much did the procedure cost?

    • M

      She said $1k.

      • Cindy

        Skin spa med has great deals for this laser. I went there in Fort Worth and spent way less.

  • Kristin

    Do you think this would be better to do for old acne scars vs. other treatments?

    • Courtney

      YES! It does wonders for that!

  • Kristen

    Curious what kind of activities need to be avoided post procedure, and for how long? For example, gym, yoga, swim, sun etc.

    • Courtney

      I avoided the gym for 5 days. Sun exposure is avoided for 90….although I am kindof a vampire and stay out of the sun anyways because I know how awful it is in aging your skin. I wear spf 50 everyday!

      • Krysse

        You say you use SPF 50, would you mind sharing which you use?

  • MARY

    You did this at age 35 – would you have started doing this earlier if you could? What age should you start doing this as routine skin care? BTW I’m a long-time follower of yours and love you and your posts, love how you keep it real!

    • Erin

      I’m curious about this as well!

    • Courtney

      If I knew about this sooner and knew how happy I’d be with it, then yes…I definitely wouldve done it sooner!

      • I will definitely do this once a year I'm not trying to look younger but I want my face to look as good as it can for 50 and it is amazing how much firmer and smoother it is

        This procedure is awesome I am 50 and I just did it for the first time wish I would’ve known about it before it is amazing my third day swelling was worse than day too but day 4 went down considerably. I will definitely do this once a year I’m not trying to look younger but I want my face to look as good as it can for 50 and it is amazing how much firmer and smoother it is

  • Paige Allison

    Question–if this is like a bad sunburn and your essentially burning your skin deeply, how is this different than a sunburn? Can’t lasers cause cancer too?

    • Courtney

      The difference is that the laser safely stimulates the collagen growth through the process. Whereas the sunburn damage affects on the top layer of your skin. So although it appears the same topically, the laser is positively affecting the deeper layers of your skin underneath.

  • Patricia Vick

    Gorgeous results, Court! I’m getting this done ASAP! XOXO ?

  • C's Collection

    Oh my gosh you’re brave & luckily you’re happy with the results. I get so nervous trying procedures like that but you give me hope! Your skin looks great!

    C’s Collection |

  • Savannah

    Is there a chance that something could go wrong? Like is there a chance that it won’t work or is it guaranteed to do all of the things you said it would do? I also looked at other people’s pictures and a lot of people’s looked WAY worse! Is that because everyone’s skin reacts differently? Thank you!

  • Monique

    Have you ever tried an intense TCA 20% chemical peel? Would you consider this to be the same result?

    • Courtney

      I havent…but chemical peels are going to work on the surface of the skin….whereas the laser penetrates the deep dermis of your skin where collagen is grown, as well as the surface!

  • Kelsey

    Would love to see a before and after pic!

    • Michelle

      Would love to see a before and after pic after your 90 days!

  • Mandi

    This is so great! My cousin loves this procedure. In fact she will call me after and say lets go get dinner!! Puffy, bleeding skin and all LOL! It looks worse than it feels I’ve heard! I’ll have to try! Great post!!!

  • Erin

    Have you changed your skincare routine since having this procedure?

  • Kelly

    This is amazing. I have done microneedling twice with PRP injections and it seems like the same healing pattern. It was so painful though, I could only do it twice…. I really want to try this but afraid I will pass out! Your skin looks so flawless now I will go debate if the pain is worth it. How long did the whole process take?

  • kate

    I recently did three sessions of PDL laser and am LOVING the results. I’m 30 this month and have gotten seriously into skincare. Probably something I should have been into 10 years ago, but better late than never! 🙂 Loved reading about your experience with profractional – it’s definitely something I’d like to try in the next five or ten years. Thanks for sharing!

  • claire

    Do you have a before (without make-up) photo by chance?

  • D

    How often do you have to do this or how long do the benefits last? For $1k I would hope this lasts for a while!

  • Celia Kendrick

    What beautiful results! Thanks for the daily photos. It is what I needed to see to convince myself that this is what I need to do. I’ll wait until the Fall to do it. I don’t want to do it now with so many trips planned with family at the beach. I don’t want any sun on my face while healing. You look fabulous! Thanks for the post!

  • Mandi

    Have you noticed a difference in fine lines? Does it help minimize wrinkles? Or is it better to help prevent getting more lines and wrinkles?

  • Nanci

    Good for you ! Your skin looks really great as I’m sure it feels. Im in my late late lol 40 ‘s and started doing profactional’s about 10 years ago and the last 2 years have been doing the Halo hybrid laser. Still a tad red in some small areas after the treatment 2 weeks ago but loving the results as usual ! I find the halo a bit easier to deal with while healing and it leaves no “grid” but both are so beneficial. Keep it up you won’t regret it!!

  • Amber

    Hey Courtney,
    Why did you decide to do this procedure versus a photo-facial or fraxel? Do you think it helped with redness or sun spots? I have a bit of rosacea and wondering if this would be better than a photo-facial… Thank you for the help!!

  • Katie

    I think Sculptra injections do the same thing with no redness. Maybe swelling and bruising but I’ve never bruised.

  • Shawnette

    Hi Courtney! Did they use it under the eyes? I know some treatments avoid eye areas. If so, are you noticing a significant difference in under eye fine lines. Thanks so much!! xo

  • Tanya Foster

    Love the pictures to show us the process! Thanks so much for sharing Courtney!
    xoxo- Tanya 🙂

  • Karen W.

    Hi Courtney,

    So I’m wondering how this would work with African American skin, color wise I mean. I can get serious hyperpigmentation from a sunburn. Curious what this would do to my skin.

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  • Rita

    Looks great! I’m wondering if you can do it under the eyes too? It looks like it. Did you pay extra to have the neck done too? Thanks for sharing pics. I’ve been thinking about doing this for awhile.

  • Taylor

    I am 32 and my skin has been a hot mess since I got pregnant. My daughter is 18 months and my skin never quite recovered. I finally figured out I have rosacea that’s causing redness and breakouts, yuck. I’ve spent thousands on products that haven’t worked so I’ve been considering doing something hardcore – saw your progress on Snapchat and I’m really impressed. Is this laser contraindicated for rosacea/sensitive skin?

  • Denena

    I’m 56 would it be amgood choice for me?

  • Heather Lundy

    Is this different from the BBL? How so if yes. Just scheduled that there this week after seeing your video a couple of months back.

  • Jillian

    I have had a laser treatment done to my neck and chest and it left stripes on my chest. The esthetician has done three treatments and stripes are still visible. The stripes look worse than the sun damage that was there before treatment! Help! Any ideas?

  • Jenny

    What was your post procedure skincare routine they gave you?

  • jewels

    Hi Courtney!

    I just recently got this laser done about 4 days ago, and I was wondering how long it took your skin for the grid marks to go away completely? I still have some grid marks lingering and it freaks me out!

    • Courtney

      Id give it a full week!!! MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING A GOOD RENEWAL CREAM. I love the skinceuticals epidermal repair cream after deep treatments!

  • AMH

    I’m in day two and loving your preview into what to expect. Thank you! QQ: what level did they zap you (between 25-150)? I was treated at the deepest level and had serious pin point bleeding. No big deal but trying to compare my recovery expectations with yours. Thanks!

  • Jess

    Hi – I received my fraxel about 5 days, skin reacted really well to it, the only thing is – I have grid mark left over and it is really bothering and scaring me. Based on your experience/knowledge how long is considered normal for the gridmarks to last?

  • @katiemnbanker

    Courtney, can you do a blog that is like an annual calendar of skin treatments? Showing which procedures to do monthly, every fee months, yearly, etc? It would really help! I am getting confused on how often to do SkinPen versus Hydrafacial versus Botox versus Vampire versus the various lasors.

    An annual Courtney Calendar would be cool. Trademark it! 🙂

  • Kris

    Thank you so much for this post and photo diary of your experience! It’s exactly all the info I needed. As I healed I referred to your descriptions several times.