I encountered this book maybe twice when I was very young, maybe 8-9 years old. I remember very few details, but I'd be happy if I could find it again after all these years and get closure. You see, as a kid, the book was scary to me, and I think I was frightened by it. It would be pretty neat to see what I had been scared of.
The book opened with a boy (teenager, maybe?) floating in the air with a laser (or a bunch of lasers) removing all of his skin; he later wakes in a bed with sheets and has a dialogue with his father (maybe?); he learns his father removed his skin as a kind of punishment.
I don't believe I read any further, I was too creeped out from the outset. I don't remember any specific details about the book, such as cover art or size, but I believe the book was probably geared towards young adults. I also believe the book genre was sci-fi (I was big on sci-fi as a kid). This is likely also reflected in the cover art (knowing me, I probably first picked it up because of its sci-fi look).