Skin Resurfacing

How Long Is Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

shutterstock_266918558Laser skin resurfacing can be a highly effective treatment for patients who wish to improve their complexion. By using fractional C02 laser technology, our skin care professionals can even out the tone and texture of your skin. Following your treatment, there is typically little to no downtime needed.

Immediately after your laser skin resurfacing procedure, you may notice a tightening effect, which is caused by old collagen contracting. Fine lines may look smoother, and pigmentation tends to improve. Some redness and irritation may occur, often compared to that of a mild sunburn. However, this should quickly fade within about 1 to 2 weeks. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately. Should you need more extensive treatment sessions, you may desire about 1 to 2 days of downtime.

As you progress through your recovery, your results should continue to improve, often for six months to a year, due to new collagen production. This is what helps smooth your skin, diminishing wrinkles and acne scars. The process can also reduce pore size and provide a more even skin pigmentation.

Depending on your appearance and cosmetic goals, you may wish to return for additional treatments to reach optimal results. A customized treatment plan will be created and discussed with you at the time of your consultation.

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for Me?

1 (1)If you’re looking to renew the appearance of your skin, you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing. Our team at Dermlounge utilizes Fractional CO2 resurfacing to help diminish wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and uneven skin pigmentation. With this state-of-the-art laser technology, Dr. Neil Zemmel directs light energy at the skin, which creates microperforations that stimulate new collagen production.

Laser skin resurfacing is highly beneficial for many patients wishing to improve their complexion, but certain individuals are not considered good candidates for the procedure. Factors that may prevent you from achieving optimal results from laser resurfacing include:

  • Active acne
  • Especially dark skin
  • Deep wrinkles
  • Excess, loose skin

When you come in for your consultation, our experienced plastic surgeon will determine whether the treatment is right for you, or if another option is better suited for your needs.

How Long Is Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

woman-smooth-skinLaser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical method of facial rejuvenation that can address a wide range of common skin concerns. Our fractional CO2 laser treatments can effectively treat larger areas such as the abdomen and hips, but is also delicate enough to treat areas such as the areas around the eyes and mouth. The benefits of laser skin resurfacing can include:

  •      Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  •      Lightening dark spots and age spots
  •      Reversing the visible effects of sun damage
  •      Achieving a more even skin tone
  •      Smoothing and softening scars and stretch marks

By simultaneously shedding dead or damaged skin cells and stimulating new collagen production, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatments can reveal a smoother, more youthful complexion. As an added benefit, unlike older methods of CO2 treatments, our fractional CO2 laser can minimize downtime and reduce the risks of scarring or pigmentation.

Mild redness and irritation are the most common side effects of fractional CO2 laser treatments, and these inconveniences typically resolve within one to two weeks. Antibiotic and antiviral medications are prescribed for all patients a few days before treatment to prevent infection. To maximize the results of your laser skin resurfacing treatment, we recommend you wear sunscreen daily for at least six months after the procedure. In addition, some of our patients at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery’s med spa choose to undergo multiple treatment sessions for a more complete skin rejuvenation.

Dr. Neil Zemmel

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If you would like to learn more about laser skin resurfacing, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery today.