Recovery Timeline after Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment

Wouldn’t it be great if our facial skin simply stopped aging after the age of 25? Our skin would continue to look flawless for years to come. Unfortunately, the reality is quite the opposite.

Decades of exposure to sun, wind, environmental pollution and cigarette smoke, as well as poor diet and lack of exercise can leave your skin looking leathery, dry, dull and lifeless, with fine wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Furthermore, old acne scars can become more prominent as you age.

Perhaps you’ve tried various skin creams and serums to rejuvenate the appearance of your face, but there has not been any noticeable improvement. Dr. Mark Deuber may recommend a laser skin resurfacing treatment to improve your facial appearance. Of course, there will be a certain amount of time that you will need to factor in for recovery. Below, Dr. Deuber explains what you should expect in terms of recovery following laser skin resurfacing.

What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing uses low-level, low-heat lasers to remove the top layer of dead or damaged skin cells on the surface of the face. The two most common types of lasers used for this are either carbon dioxide (CO2) or erbium lasers. Results can vary, depending on the area that Dr. Deuber is treating, as well as which type of laser he is using.

Recovery Timeline

Your recovery timeline can depend on which type of laser Dr. Deuber uses for your procedure. An erbium laser does not penetrate as deeply below the skin surface as a CO2 laser, so your recovery time will be shorter. The choice of laser will depend on the amount and type of work that you want done.

However, in general, you can expect your recovery time following an erbium laser treatment to be approximately one week to 10 days, while recovery after a CO2 treatment to be about two weeks. Regardless of type of laser that Dr. Deuber uses, you should expect the treated areas to look red and swollen at first, similar to a sunburn. Over time, as the skin heals, it will first scab over, begin to turn pink, and then finally fade to your normal complexion.

  • Initial healing: Dr. Deuber strongly recommends staying out of direct sunlight, as it may prolong your healing process. You should wear a wide brimmed hat and wrap-around sunglasses during the first week following your treatment. You should also take this time off from work, school, or social activities to recover without having to be worried about awkward social situations.
  • First week: Once the scabs have healed over, you can use foundation makeup to tone down the pink in your skin. A good-quality moisturizer is also essential so that the healing process does not dry out your skin. You should be able to do light exercise, such as walking or yoga.
  • Second week: By now, you should be able to resume normal work and social activities, depending on how well your face has healed. You can also begin to ramp up to your normal exercise routine, but don’t push yourself too hard.

While you may be impatient to see the final results from your laser skin resurfacing procedure, it is important to give your body the time that it needs to heal.


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