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Complete Guide To Skin Resurfacing Recovery

If you want to improve the look and quality of your skin, laser skin resurfacing may be the perfect option for you. This procedure uses laser technology to safely remove the top layer of skin, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin underneath. While it does yield dramatic results, there is downtime to consider. Today at Valley Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, we are exploring this treatment to provide you with a complete guide to skin resurfacing recovery.


How Do Lasers Rejuvenate Your Skin?

Laser skin resurfacing is a cutting-edge laser procedure used to improve the overall appearance of your skin. Laser energy works by safely heating skin tissue to promote cellular turnover and reduce the appearance of conditions like signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and more. Due to its versatility, laser skin resurfacing can treat the face, neck, chest and even hands.

During laser skin resurfacing, the growth of new skin cells and collagen is stimulated. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its elasticity and helps it appear smooth and youthful. As we age, our body produces less collagen, which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Laser skin resurfacing helps to boost collagen production, leading to a firmer and more youthful appearance.

There are two main types of laser treatments, ablative and non-ablative. At Valley Dermatology,

We offer non-ablative laser treatments for their ability to rejuvenate the skin without causing visible damage or requiring extensive downtime.


ResurFX Laser Benefits

Valley Dermatology provides laser resurfacing with ResurFX, a fractional laser technology designed to address skin imperfections and enhance overall texture. ResurFX works by delivering precise laser beams to create micro-injuries in the skin, promoting collagen remodeling and encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

One of the reasons Valley Dermatology recommends ResurFX is because it uses energy that does not cause the skin to peel. This gives our clients less downtime than traditional laser techniques for clients concerned about skin resurfacing recovery.

Some of the key benefits of laser skin resurfacing include:

  • Laser skin resurfacing can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, leaving skin looking smoother and more youthful.
  • By stimulating collagen production, laser skin resurfacing can help improve the texture of the skin, reducing the appearance of scars, rough patches and other imperfections.
  • Laser skin resurfacing can also help even out skin tone, reducing the appearance of age spots, sun damage and other discolorations.


What Should I Expect During And After Treatment?

The process of getting laser skin resurfacing treatment at Valley Dermatology typically involves several steps to ensure safety, comfort and lasting results:

Step 1 – Consultation

During your consultation at Valley Dermatology, your provider will review your complete medical history and perform a skin analysis to understand and outline your treatment goals and recommend the best type of laser treatment for your needs.

Step 2 – Preparation

In the weeks leading up to the treatment, it is important to follow guidelines like avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen. It is also recommended to avoid certain medications, like aspirin, that can increase the risk of bleeding during the treatment.

Step 3 – Treatment

On the day of the treatment, before starting, your provider will thoroughly cleanse the skin to ensure the laser can penetrate deep layers of your tissue. We will numb the skin with a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The laser is then applied to the skin, targeting the areas of concern. Individuals may experience a warm, tingling sensation or mild discomfort, but the topical anesthetic should help minimize any discomfort.

Based on your needs, your provider customizes the laser to target your skin concerns. The depth of the treatment will also be catered to your needs.

Step 4 – Recovery

After the treatment, the skin may be red, swollen and sensitive, although individual results vary. Mild swelling should subside within 2 to 3 days, and redness usually fades over 5 to 7 days. There is limited, if any, risk of infection or scarring.


Navigating The Healing Process

While laser skin resurfacing can provide significant benefits, the treatment may require downtime due to temporary redness, swelling and discomfort after the treatment. The redness tends to resemble a sunburn and it can last for a few days to a week, depending on the intensity of the treatment. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, cold compresses and a proper post-treatment skin care regimen.

Post-treatment care is a big part of the skin resurfacing recovery because it helps to protect your skin as it heals and can help maximize results. You will need to keep the treated area clean and moisturized while avoiding direct sunlight and harsh skincare products during the recovery period. As the skin heals, you may notice gradual improvements in texture, tone, and overall complexion, with full results becoming apparent within a few weeks to a few months post-treatment.



How Long Do Laser Resurfacing Results Last?

The longevity of the results from laser resurfacing can vary depending on the individual’s skin type, age, lifestyle, and other factors. Generally, the effects of laser resurfacing can last for several years, but maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain the results.

How Long Does It Take For Skin To Heal?

The skin resurfacing recovery time after laser treatment can vary depending on the intensity of the treatment and individual skin type. Generally, the skin will take around one to two weeks to heal after laser resurfacing. During this time, the skin may be red, swollen and sensitive. It is important to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your provider to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

How Much Younger Can Laser Resurfacing Make You Look?

Laser resurfacing can ease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage and other skin imperfections, resulting in a more youthful-looking complexion. The degree to which laser resurfacing can make you look younger will depend on your individual skin concerns and the intensity of the treatment.


Why Should I Choose Valley Dermatology for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is your premier destination for comprehensive and compassionate dermatological care in the Pacific Northwest. Led by Dr. Scott Smith, our skilled team is dedicated to delivering top-notch medical services and ensuring an optimal patient experience. We prioritize attentive listening, addressing concerns, and crafting personalized skin treatment plans.

Specializing in skin cancer treatments, including Mohs micrographic surgery, as well as cosmetic services, our experts are here to assist with concerns ranging from acne to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin disorders. Trust us for unparalleled service on your journey to healthier, beautiful skin. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!


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