Laser skin resurfacing is a proven technique for resolving skin imperfections such as wrinkles, discoloration, scars, freckles, sunspots, and uneven skin tone. But did you know the time of year when you get your laser treatment makes a big difference in how effective your results will be? Read on to learn more about how the cooler months of the year are the best time for laser procedures.
Autumn Is Laser Season
Because your skin will be much more sensitive to the sun after laser procedures, we suggest scheduling your laser treatment in the fall and winter, when there are fewer hours of daylight and you have less incentive to spend time outdoors. You’ll protect your treated skin from damaging UV rays and avoid future sun damage simultaneously.
Another excellent reason to book your laser skin resurfacing treatment in the fall is that it gives you an opportunity to turn back the clock on any sun damage you incurred over the summer. If you’re noticing new fine lines or hyperpigmentation after spending long months in the Florida sun, lasers are the key to rejuvenating your skin without the need for surgery.
Give Your Skin Time to Recover
Autumn is also a good time for laser procedures because you may want to schedule several days of rest for your skin to heal, depending on your level of treatment. Common side effects after laser therapy include redness, tenderness, itching, blistering, and peeling, and full recovery can take two to three weeks.
The cooler months are a slower season for many people, which means you will have more free time on your calendar to accommodate time away from work and social activities while you allow your skin to recover. You can stay home, take care of yourself, and catch up on your favorite Netflix series.
Get Ready for Next Summer
Because the results of laser skin treatments reveal themselves gradually, booking your appointment in the fall or winter gives your skin time to fully bounce back. By the time next summer rolls around, you’ll be picture-perfect for weddings, beach trips, family vacations, boating, and any other warm-weather occasion where you need to put your best face forward. It will be your best summer ever!
How Laser Treatments Work
In laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Stephan uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser beam to remove the top layer of your skin to reveal the undamaged layer. It’s effective because it stimulates the growth of new collagen, which is a protein that provides skin with structural support that keeps it firm and prevents sagging.
For full-face CO2 laser resurfacing, we use general anesthesia provided by our board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure. Depending on the level of treatment you are receiving, your session will last from one to two hours. Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to return home shortly after it’s complete.
Schedule Your Laser Resurfacing Consultation Today
At Stephan Surgical Arts, we are committed to helping you achieve natural-looking results through a combination of science and aesthetics. If you’d like to learn more about laser skin treatments and whether they are ideal for addressing your specific concerns, contact our Tampa clinic today to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Brad Stephan.