Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ: What To Expect Before and After Treatment

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Tired of waiting for drugstore skincare products to work? Laser resurfacing rejuvenates your skin and often addresses many skin concerns more efficiently. Lasers are excellent options, whether you want to erase years of sun damage or smooth out fine lines and wrinkles—and they work on most skin types. If you have never tried a laser skin treatment before, this post answers some common questions about laser skin treatment.

How Should I Prepare for My Laser Treatment?

It’s a good idea to stop exfoliating a week before your treatment and to use a mild cleanser to clean your face. This will keep your skin from becoming irritated before the treatment. It also helps to stay out of the sun and skip the tanning bed before treatment, as the laser may not be as effective on tanned skin.

What Can I Expect During My Laser Skin Treatment?

Typically, your provider will apply a topical numbing cream to your skin before the treatment to minimize discomfort. As the laser passes over your skin, you may feel a mild stinging or snapping sensation, but most people tolerate this well. The discomfort you experience will also depend on the type of laser treatment you choose, such as ablative versus non-ablative laser.

What Is Recovery Like After Laser Treatment?

The downtime you need will depend on the intensity of your laser treatment. For ProFractional™ laser resurfacing or Halo®, you will need just a few days of downtime. You may experience peeling, flaking, and itching, but these symptoms will not last long. You can use an icepack to soothe the treated areas.

How Long Will My Laser Treatment Results Last?

Your results cast for several years if you focus on skin health and have regular maintenance treatments. You can achieve healthy skin by protecting it from the sun, hydrating your body, and eating a nutrient-rich diet. We offer several effective sun protection products so you can enjoy your laser treatment results for a long time.

Most people opt for maintenance treatments every 6 to 18 months after their initial laser treatment.

Can Laser Treatments Fade Acne Scars?

ProFractional laser treatment resurfaces your skin to improve all types of acne scars, such as rolling, ice pick, or pockmark scars. Depending on the age and severity of your scar, you may need several treatments. Your provider will assess your skin needs and advise you on the number of treatments that will achieve your goals.

How Much Do Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments Cost?

The cost of your laser treatment will depend on the type of laser and the skin concern you want to improve. When choosing a provider for your treatment, you should not decide on cost alone but based on the provider’s skill and experience.

Although it can be challenging to pick the right laser treatment for you, an experienced provider can help. Laser skin treatments improve your skin and give you long-lasting results, as you can see in these before and after photos. If you are ready to try laser skin treatments to rejuvenate your skin, request a consultation or call us at (530) 342-8295 to schedule an appointment.

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