Laser resurfacing is a great cosmetic treatment for restoring the skin’s natural radiance without surgery or lengthy downtime. But you do need to take some precautions after treatment, especially from the sun.
Though our board-certified dermatologists at Associated Skin Care Specialists use lasers all year long, we think winter is the best time for skin-rejuvenating laser-resurfacing treatments.
In this month’s blog, we want to explain why you should start laser resurfacing now, when there’s less sun.
Resurfacing means renewing and refreshing the surface. When it comes to rejuvenating your skin, you have many laser tools to choose from. We use the Fraxel® DUAL laser for skin laser resurfacing treatments.
This safe and effective laser tool uses two wavelengths of energy, one that targets the surface of the skin and one that heats the deeper layer. This dual wavelength laser-resurfacing tool reduces areas of hyperpigmentation and stimulates collagen production. With our laser device, we can brighten your skin and restore its natural strength, elasticity, and fullness to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
All of this happens using microscopic beams of energy that treat only a fraction of the skin in need of laser resurfacing, allowing for faster healing and recovery.
Laser resurfacing makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. Sun exposure following laser treatment may cause changes to the skin that we can’t easily fix.
During the winter, we have less daylight and spend more time indoors. Less daylight and more inside time automatically decrease your risk of sun exposure following laser treatment, which is why we consider winter “laser season.”
No matter what time of year you get laser-resurfacing treatment, you need to take extra precautions to protect your skin. The skin is hypersensitive to the sun for up to a year following use of any type of aesthetic laser treatment.
We recommend you avoid direct sun exposure for up to three months following your laser resurfacing, which is much easier to do in the winter than the spring or summer.
When you do go out during the day, wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and cover up with clothing, large sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. We recommend you do this all the time, not just after laser resurfacing.
Protecting your skin from the sun may help reduce early signs of aging, prolong your laser treatments, and prevent or delay skin cancer.
Results from our laser resurfacing treatments are almost immediate, but we generally recommend a series of three to five sessions every two to four weeks.
If you’re considering laser resurfacing, now is the time to take action. Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists by calling the dermatology office most convenient to you. We offer laser treatments at our Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, offices.
We provide comprehensive dermatology care at our offices in Blaine, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, New Brighton, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. We also have an office in Fridley, Minnesota, for dermatology research and lab work.