Why do some of the best facial plastic surgeons often recommend laser skin resurfacing for their patients? Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is highly effective, using laser energy to vaporize the outermost sun-damaged layers of skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. It also stimulates collagen production to tighten skin and restore elasticity.
In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about what happens before, during, and after laser skin resurfacing.
What is laser skin resurfacing good for?
Fractional laser resurfacing improves the appearance of a number of skin concerns. Many people rely on fractional co2 laser for acne scars, and some evidence suggests it may reduce the appearance of burn scars. Laser resurfacing also addresses:
- Fine lines or wrinkles
- Scars from acne or chickenpox
- Aged or sun-damaged skin
- Brown spots
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
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The Instagram post above shows a patient before and after a Reflection Lift and fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing at our practice. You can also see more laser skin resurfacing before-and-after photos in our photo gallery.
Learn more about all that laser skin resurfacing can do for you from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
How long does a laser skin resurfacing treatment take?
Performed using local anesthesia with light sedation, fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing takes roughly 20 to 30 minutes.
How long does fractional CO2 laser take to heal?
Since laser resurfacing first wounds the skin and destroys the top layers, you can expect:
- 2 to 3 days of light crusting
- 3 to 7 days to heal and return to normal activities
- 1 week may resume wearing makeup
- 1 to 3 weeks for redness to diminish
Even while skin is in its recovery stage, it will feel smoother, and you will see fewer lines, less blotchiness, and more glow.
Keep in mind that the CO2 laser can be customized to the individual needs of each patient. Treatments can be deeper for patients with more advanced aging of the skin and sun damage, resulting in more healing and longer downtime. More conservative treatments can be used in patients with less advanced aging of the skin and sun damage, resulting in less healing time and downtime.
How long does it take to see results from laser skin resurfacing?
Although you can see improvement in the texture and tone of the skin within the first week, it will take approximately 3 months for the final results to be apparent. You can see one of Dr. Boggess’ patients below, before and after a Reflection Lift, eyelid surgery, fat transfer, and laser skin resurfacing.
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How long does fractional laser last?
The longevity of the results can vary from one patient to another, depending on multiple factors, including age, genetics, skin elasticity, and degree of sun damage. However, you can improve the longevity of results by protecting your skin from the sun and following a good skincare regimen. Consistent use of sunscreen and brimmed hats can help you maintain the results of your CO2 laser treatment for years.
Who is an ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing?
A good candidate is someone with lighter skin tones, as those with darker skin tones, certain skin types, and medical conditions may experience a greater risk of unfavorable skin discoloration. We discuss more about whether you are a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing in our related blog post.
If you’re ready to restore your youthful radiance and want to explore your laser skin resurfacing and other med spa options in Nashville, use our online contact form to request a consultation or call us at (615) 942-8016 to schedule an appointment.
Originally published July 2017; Updated August 2022