Laser Skin Resurfacing: Recovery Time and What to Expect

Woman receiving laser skin resurfacing on her face from a provider (MODELS).

Would you like to give your skin a fresh start? Laser skin resurfacing is a transformative treatment that has helped countless individuals improve a range of skin concerns. Still, as with any medical procedure, it’s normal to have questions and concerns about the process, especially recovery.

This blog post will help demystify laser skin resurfacing, shedding light on everything from how the different types of lasers work to what you can expect during the healing process. Whether you’re curious about our HALO®, ProFractional®, or Contour TRL™ lasers or simply want to know how to make your recovery as smooth as possible, we’ve got you covered.

What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing, and How Does It Work?

Laser skin resurfacing uses concentrated light beams to eliminate damaged skin cells and stimulate collagen production. It targets the skin’s surface to promote rejuvenation, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin.

What’s the Difference Between Ablative, Hybrid, and Non-Ablative Lasers?

Understanding laser types is essential to choosing the treatment path that best suits your skin concerns.

Ablative lasers, such as Contour TRL™ and ProFractional™, remove thin layers of the skin’s outermost surface and offer deep corrections. Non-ablative lasers heat the skin without damaging the surface, making them ideal for patients who want minimal downtime. Hybrid lasers, such as HALO® Pro, combine both methods and are highly customizable, offering a balanced approach that suits many skin types.

What Types of Skin Conditions Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

Laser skin resurfacing can address a wide range of skin concerns:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines: Smoothing age-related lines for a more youthful appearance
  • Acne Scars: Reducing the appearance of scars left behind by acne and other causes
  • Pigmentation: Correcting uneven skin tone, including sun spots and melasma
  • Sun Damage: Repairing damage caused by prolonged sun exposure
  • Uneven Skin Texture: Enhancing skin’s smoothness and overall texture
  • Enlarged Pores: Minimizing the appearance of large pores

What Should I Expect During Recovery?

Laser skin resurfacing recovery time is often a concern, and knowing what awaits you is essential. Since your dermatologist will customize your treatment specifically to your needs, it’s best to discuss recovery with your dermatologist at your consultation for accurate information about what to expect.

You can expect some redness, swelling, and peeling in the first few days. Depending on the laser used and the depth of treatment, recovery time varies from 24 hours to 2 weeks. You may want to schedule some additional social downtime as you heal. Makeup can be worn once peeling is complete, typically about 5 to 7 days after treatment.

How Can I Recover More Quickly and Easily?

Enhance your recovery by following the post-care instructions carefully. Stay out of direct sunlight, gently cleanse and hydrate your skin, and avoid strenuous activities. These actions will foster a smoother and more rapid healing process.

When Can I Expect to See the Full, Final Results?

Visible improvements can be seen soon after the procedure, but the complete, final results typically appear over 3 to 6 months as your skin regenerates and heal.

Request a Consultation

Are you ready to take the next step toward lasting skin improvement? We encourage you to call our office today at (585) 272-0700 or request a consultation to learn more about the type of laser skin resurfacing treatment that can help you achieve your aesthetic results.

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