Please note online appointments can only be booked for our Wayne office at this time. Please call 267.627.6463 to schedule appointments with Dr. Ho in Center City (Philadelphia).

For consultations or treatment visits booked online, a consultation or deposit fee of $150 will be charged at the time of scheduling.

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Next Wrinkle Free Wednesday, September 7 & October 5

Please note online appointments can only be booked for our Wayne office at this time. Please call 267.627.6463 to schedule appointments with Dr. Ho in Center City (Philadelphia).

For consultations or treatment visits booked online, a consultation or deposit fee of $150 will be charged at the time of scheduling.

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Laser Resurfacing

Conveniently located to serve Philadelphia, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

Beautiful young lady

Introduction to
Laser Resurfacing

This beautiful young at heart patient was one of the last patients I operated on before I went on maternity leave and the COVID-19 era went into full effect. She was most bothered by her sagging eyelid skin and underwent upper and lower eyelid surgery with fat transfer and CO2 laser resurfacing to the face. Her before and after video clips demonstrate typical bruising and swelling associated with eyelid surgery and fat transfer in the immediate healing period that typically resolve by two to four weeks following surgery. Visit my website or call to schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation. – Dr. Tina Ho


“I do not have enough words to express my joy with Dr Ho and her artistry! A couple of months ago, at the recommendation of a dear friend, I met with Dr. Ho to discuss options for my eyes in particular. For the past five years or so, I had developed permanent dark circles and bags under my eyes (despite more than adequate amounts of sleep) and my eyelids were starting to look very hooded. Dr Ho was incredibly thorough during our consultation, clearly and plainly explaining her suggestions. Her demeanor is friendly and absolutely genuine. Furthermore, she is conservative with her approach so she will not try to “sell” you on something you don’t need….just keeping her eye on making you look your natural best!


After my consultation, I decided to proceed with her recommendation of an eyebrow lift, upper/lower blepharoplasty (eyelids), facial fat transfer and laser resurfacing. My surgery went beautifully. Now is the best time to mention that Dr. Ho’s bedside manner has the perfect balance of calm, nurture and confidence. Not once did I feel frightened or concerned in her capable hands. Additionally, she made herself available during the post-op period (still does) for any questions, concerns, etc., always responding in a timely manner!


Just a little over two months after surgery and I am already completely healed. Honestly, I was in great shape one month in but now you cannot even tell that I had anything done! All people notice is that “something” is different, I look “refreshed” and….the best one… look ten years younger! What is your secret??? My secret is Dr. Tina Ho and I don’t mind telling everyone because if you are looking to refresh your look, this is a name you definitely need to know!”

What is Laser Resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is one common type of non-surgical procedure utilized in facial skin rejuvenation. Laser resurfacing procedures can be performed to improve certain features of aging skin including wrinkle lines, skin laxity, and dyschromias as well as other skin issues such as acne scars, vascular lesions, and hyperpigmentation. The word laser is an acronym for the phrase light amplification by stimulation of radiation. Each laser device emits light at a specific wavelength to be absorbed by a certain tissue component of the skin that is usually water, hemoglobin, or melanin. Laser procedures intended to improve aging skin stimulate new collagen production and skin regeneration to produce tighter, more youthful appearing skin. Each laser resurfacing procedure is uniquely planned and executed by Dr. Ho according to the skin findings and treatment goals of the individual patient.

What are the differences among ablative lasers, nonablative lasers, and fractional lasers?

An ablative laser causes diffuse thermal injury to the epidermis to stimulate collagen production and skin regeneration. It will produce a more dramatic result but is associated with a longer recovery and higher side effect profile. Common examples of ablative lasers include CO2 laser and Er:YAG laser. A nonablative laser is less invasive and avoids epidermal injury with selective induction of dermal collagen production. Common types of nonablative laser include pulsed dye laser and 1,064 nm Nd:YAG laser. A fractional laser may be either ablative or nonablative and causes thermal injury to the skin in a series of noncontiguous spots separated by areas of non lasered tissue. As a fellowship-trained, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho is highly experienced in a variety of laser procedures and will determine with each patient the best laser resurfacing option to meet their skin goals.

CoolPeel is a revolutionary minimal downtime CO2 laser procedure that reduces fine lines, repairs sun-damaged skin, and improves skin texture.

At Tina Ho, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we are excited to be one of the few plastic surgery practices in Philadelphia and the Main Line to offer the CoolPeel laser procedure. As part of our introductory promotion for a limited time, when you purchase a CoolPeel package (series of 3 treatments) with us, you will receive a complimentary Alastin Skincare Invasive Kit (a $345 value)!

What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Laser Resurfacing?

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho is well-recognized as a face expert. She possesses dedicated training and extensive experience in laser resurfacing and other skin rejuvenation procedures from one of the top facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Ho dedicates ample time and effort to help each patient select the best laser resurfacing procedure that will meet their skin needs. Depending on the type of laser resurfacing pursued, Dr. Ho may perform laser resurfacing in a series of multiple repeated treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve the best rejuvenation results.

The Cartessa Smartxide Tetra

When it comes to a CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment with minimal downtime, there’s nothing better than the Cartessa Smartxide Tetra. Tina Ho, MD Facial Plastic Surgery is one of select plastic surgery practices in Philadelphia and the Main Line to offer this advanced laser device and perform the specialized CoolPeel procedure, a full-face laser resurfacing treatment that only takes around 5-15 minutes to complete and is quite convenient.

The Cartessa Smartxide Tetra offers clinicians a diverse array of settings that can be tweaked to achieve the desired density, power, and pulse durations. This allows treatments to be precisely optimized according to the conditions to be treated and the results desired by patients.

Manufactured by DEKA, one of the world’s most renowned aesthetic laser manufacturers, this device can be used to treat a number of conditions, such as:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Different types of scars, such as acne scars
  • Pigmentation issues like melasma
  • Oversized pores
  • Sun damage
  • Rough texture
  • Sagging skin
  • Sunspots
  • Stretch marks

There are many differences between a CoolPeel treatment and traditional ablative CO2 procedure. A CoolPeel is often performed by aestheticians and offers gentler resurfacing, leading to a shorter recovery period with less downtime. It is specifically used to target only the superficial skin layer, and its energy pulses are very short. Typically, 3-6 treatments are required for optimal results. Dr. Ho and her aesthetician colleagues at Tina Ho, MD Facial Plastic Surgery exclusively offer the CoolPeel procedure for those patients seeking maximal rejuvenative results with minimal downtime.

Traditional ablative CO2 resurfacing, on the other hand, is a deeper-reaching treatment option that only requires a single treatment session and typically requires the expertise of a physician. Because it involves deeper resurfacing than a CoolPeel treatment, it necessitates more downtime afterwards. Dr. Tina Ho routinely performs ablative CO2 laser resurfacing with the Cartessa Smartxide Tetra device on patients in combination with other aging face procedures including eyelid surgery, facelift, neck lift, and facial fat transfer.


“Each laser resurfacing procedure is uniquely planned and executed by me according to the skin findings and treatment goals of the individual patient.”

Dr. Tina Ho

Dr. Tina Ho


What is CoolPeel?
What should patients expect after a Laser Resurfacing procedure?
Each laser resurfacing procedure is different and catered to the individual patient. Therefore, the extent of swelling and tenderness that occur after the procedure will vary by patient. The initial hyperpigmentation changes in the skin may be characterized as a sunburn-like appearance. Skin healing may take one week or up to a few weeks depending on the depth of the laser resurfacing. The addition of new collagen in the skin may not be observed until months out from the procedure. It is important for every laser resurfacing patient to be on a good skin care regimen before and after each procedure as directed by Dr. Ho for optimal skin healing and aesthetic results. Post-treatment pain is usually not significant and may be managed with Tylenol as needed. The results of laser resurfacing in the treated areas is typically observed after the skin has healed over. Dr. Ho seeks follow-up with her patients after each laser resurfacing procedure to ensure that every patient is satisfied with their treatment outcome.
What are surgical or non-surgical procedures that are routinely performed with Laser Resurfacing?
It is common for aesthetic surgical procedures to be performed at the same time as laser resurfacing in the surgery setting, depending on the patient’s anatomic issues and surgical goals. They include but are not limited to the following: facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty, and fat transfer. Dr. Ho also performs laser resurfacing in the clinic setting in conjunction with injectable procedures including neurotoxins and fillers to achieve maximal aesthetic results via a non-surgical approach. Dr. Ho is experienced in a wide range of aging face procedures and will thoroughly evaluate each patient and discuss with them whether they would benefit from additional procedures beyond laser resurfacing.
What is the cost of Laser Resurfacing?
Average cost $3000, may be less if treating focal areas only.
Your Laser Resurfacing will be performed by Dr. Tina Ho in her surgery center in Philadelphia.