How Long Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Results Last?

By: Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology


Years of sun exposure and repetitive muscle movements have left many people less than satisfied with their skin. Fine wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone are all reasons why people seek out non-invasive solutions. Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology is committed to offering our patients the best the market has to offer, including laser skin resurfacing. This facial rejuvenati on treatment uses advanced lasers to stimulate collagen and grow healthier skin. 

Many of our patients prefer laser-based treatments as results can last up to several years (with the right post care!). Final outcomes heavily depend on your skin's current state, individual cosmetic goals, and your commitment to caring for the treated skin. 

It is always the goal of our board-certified dermatologists to o create long-lasting outcomes. Learn how long your specific laser skin resurfacing results should last by scheduling a consultation. 

How does laser skin resurfacing work? 

Laser treatments use light energy to stimulate new collagen, resulting in fresh skin that appears smoother and firmer over time. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, we can choose custom settings that give you the most desirable outcome. 

For example, Fraxel re:pair uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to treat sun spots and redness caused by sun damage. Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology performs more Fraxel re:pair treatments than any other clinic in the country.

Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative laser that addresses fine wrinkles around the eyes, acne scars, and patches of brown skin. 

What is laser skin resurfacing recovery like? 

Laser skin resurfacing is nonsurgical, but patients should expect some time in recovery. The treated skin may seem swollen and raw, with deeper facial rejuvenation sessions causing pinpoint bleeding for up to 48 hours. If flaking or crusting occurs, don't pick at the healing tissue to avoid permanent scarring. Stay out of direct sunlight and wear a wide-brimmed hat when spending time outside. Our team members provide all of our laser resurfacing patients with detailed information about keeping your treated skin clean and protected. 

How soon can I see results from laser skin resurfacing? 

After laser resurfacing treatments in San Francisco, CA, you w ill experience a period of healing that will vary based on which laser is used and the depth of the treatment. We expect initial results to appear in 1-3 weeks after treatment with full results appearing 3-4 months. Results come on gradually as collagen is rebuilt and new layers of skin are generated. As loose skin becomes tighter, lines and wrinkles will diminish, and texture issues begin to fade away. Patients at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology are happy with these gradual improvements because they are natural and don't look "overdone" or "worked on." 

How long do results last from laser skin resurfacing? 

As mentioned, laser skin resurfacing results can last for up to a few years based on your current skin condition and goals. You can extend your outcomes by carefully following our aftercare guidelines, participating in a regular skin care routine with gentle cleansers and moisturizers, and avoiding sun exposure. Staying hydrated and eating well also contribute to long-lasting outcomes. Patients can always return to Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology for touch-ups to ensure results last.

Learn more about facial rejuvenation procedures 

Laser skin resurfacing treatments are a wonderfully effective option to treat many different common skin problems, like fine lines, acne scars and sun spots. Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology is proud to design unique treatment plans for each of our patients. 

If you're tired of over-the-counter solutions that aren't providing tangible results, contact a member of our staff for a consultation. We can help you achieve laser skin resurfacing results that last for years to come!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.