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How long is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing?

By kep2020 May 9, 2023

Laser skin resurfacing is popular for a reason; this procedure can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and even scars. If you’re considering laser skin resurfacing as a treatment option for rejuvenated skin, it’s important to consider not just the procedure, but the aftercare. How long is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing?

Recovery time for laser skin resurfacing is dependent on several factors. First is the extent of the treatment and the type of laser used, which will vary based on your skin type and goals. Second is the patient themself; everyone has their own unique healing process and timeline. In general though, all patients can expect some redness, swelling and discomfort in the treatment area in the first few days following the procedure. During this time, over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses can go far in relieving discomfort.

After the initial recovery period, skin begins to flake or peel as the outer layers of skin that were treated shed. This process takes between 1 to 2 weeks. Gentle cleansing and extra moisturizing can soothe the skin without delaying healing. Patients should avoid direct sunlight, wear sunscreen over the treatment area and take care to not over exfoliate the area.

While the full results of laser skin resurfacing may not be visible for several weeks (or even months), skin will continue to heal and regenerate. As collagen increases, smoother and more youthful looking skin will appear. Luckily you don’t have to wait for the recovery and healing process to be complete to return to normal activities; most patients can resume their usual routine within 2 weeks of the procedure.

Considering laser skin resurfacing? With new laser technology, results are better and recovery is faster than ever. To find out what laser skin resurfacing can do for you, call Dr. Kevin I. Perman at (301) 571-0000.