How Often Can You Do Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Do you have acne scars, age spots, or uneven skin tone? Perhaps you’re bothered by your fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin. Thanks to advancements in the cosmetic industry, more and more beauty treatments are now available to address these skin irregularities. One of the newer state-of-the-art procedures is laser skin resurfacing. It’s a type of skin rejuvenation technique that’s less invasive and provides more predictable results. It’s also known to help patients heal faster than other treatments like dermabrasion or chemical peels.


It Depends on the Type of Laser Used


If your plastic surgeon or aesthetician uses less powerful lasers for skin issues, you may need more treatments to get the desired results. Laser treatment that involves fractional or non-ablative laser doesn’t burn away or vaporize as many layers of the imperfections on your skin. This means that it will not cause the same repair level per session as the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, known for deep skin resurfacing. Fractional lasers generally require one to three treatments to achieve the look you want. If you need multiple treatments, it’s recommended to set the sessions two weeks apart. Scheduling them as close together will help in maximizing the desired results within a short period.


What Happens the Moment You’ve Achieved the Desired Results?


You will likely no longer require additional treatments once you’re satisfied with the look you always wanted. The effects of laser skin resurfacing are long-lasting, whether it’s through fractional or CO2 laser. Experts agree that the effects last for as long as eight years or even longer. CO2 laser skin resurfacing rarely requires any repeated treatment. If your doctor is doing a facelift, they may go over the same area on your skin very lightly once more. Otherwise, you no longer have to go through the procedure again. If follow-up sessions are necessary, expect it to be a lot less intensive than your initial treatment.


Excellent Skincare Tips to Reduce Future Treatments


Undergoing laser skin resurfacing may leave your skin vulnerable to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. It generally takes more than a year since your session. It’s highly recommended that you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This will help protect your skin from sun exposure. It’s best to choose the one that offers the maximum possible sun protection factor (SPF). If not possible, opt a sunscreen with at least an SPF of five every day. Even when it’s cloudy outside, you should still apply your sunscreen to minimize the risk of sun damage.


Another way to preserve the fantastic results from your laser skin resurfacing treatment is by using anti-aging creams with retinoids. These products are excellent at stimulating your skin. This way, they keep generating new, fresh layers, hence slowing new fine lines or wrinkles. Once your skin has healed from the treatment, which usually takes a couple of weeks or so, your doctor will surely recommend a tested and proven cream to keep your skin smooth, firm, and wrinkle-free. Peels, Botox, and other less-invasive treatments may also be an excellent idea to keep that youthful glow.


Laser skin surfacing has become a prevalent beauty treatment for a wide variety of facial skin problems.


Clear away blemishes or firm up aging skin with laser skin resurfacing, contact Gupta Plastic Surgery in San Diego or Carlsbad, CA (858) 408-6100.

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