How Long Does it Take to Recover from Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic treatment that has become extremely popular in the last few years, and it is considered to be one of the most advanced skin rejuvenation techniques available. The treatment which aims to reduce wrinkles, and other skin irregularities (such as scars, or spots) is a short treatment, sometimes received over a couple of sessions.

The laser skin resurfacing procedure can also sometimes be referred to as lasabrasion or a laser peel. 

Recovering from Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can help with the following skin concerns / conditions: 

  • Scars from acne

  • Fine lines

  • Wrinkles 

  • Crow’s feet 

  • Age spots

  • Sagging skin

  • Uneven skin tone 

  • Enlarged oil glands 

  • Warts

During a skin resurfacing treatment, your dermatologist will direct short, concentrated beams of light at the problem areas of skin – which is done with precision and skill to remove the top surfaces of the skin. As well as resurfacing the outer layers of your skin, the treatment also heats the lower layers of your skin (in the dermis) – which actually promotes collagen production. This collagen production helps give skin a new firmer, younger and softer texture. 

What to expect immediately after the treatment

Immediately after your treatment, and in the first few days following, you might experience some of the following side effects – and your consultant should have discussed these risks with you before giving you the treatment. However, if you follow your consultants before and after care suggestions, you will hopefully avoid any prolonged symptoms. 

  • Burning sensation 

  • Small bumps

  • Rash on the treated areas 

  • Swelling

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Redness

Straight after your appointment you’ll likely feel a little sore, tender and your skin may be tender to touch. Your skin might feel a little like it has sunburn, and for the first few days this is completely normal. 

Healing time for laser skin resurfacing

Most consultants will recommend that you take a few days off work following your treatment, as your skin will still be very sensitive, and may also be red or sore. After 2-4 days, your skin should start returning back to normal. 

Healing, for most people, usually takes between 3 – 10 days. Of course this depends on the patient and their skin type – so it does vary. Generally, the larger the treatment area, the longer the recovery time is likely to be.  Some people choose to take a week off work, so that they can be at home during the full recovery time – but this isn’t necessary or compulsory. 

Founder at Harley St M.D.
Dr. Chia Tan is a UK trained medical doctor that specialises in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine and testosterone replacement therapy. He is qualified as a medical doctor since 2003 and has since trained extensively. He has been featured in several leading magazines as well as invited to appear on TV to discuss aesthetic medicine and the latest cosmetic procedures.
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