With an endless array of cosmetic treatments on the market for facial anti-aging, it can be challenging to determine the best for you. There are factors to consider when deciding which treatment to pursue—cost, effectiveness, and recovery, to name a few.
Aside from the cosmetic concerns you hope to treat, one of the most essential variables in choosing a skin treatment is how long its benefits last. Laser skin resurfacing is hard to beat when it comes to long-lasting results.
Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Machida is proud to offer cutting-edge laser resurfacing treatments for his Ontario and Orange County patients to repair their skin and revitalize their facial beauty. Read on to learn more about the laser skin resurfacing and see how often you should get the procedure.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Fractional laser skin resurfacing can enhance facial skin appearance in multiple ways.
- Improve discoloration and sunspots
- Minimize wrinkles and fine lines
- Smooth facial skin texture
- Reduce the appearance of acne or superficial scars
- Eliminate precancerous lesions
After fractional laser skin resurfacing, our patients look forward to a firmer, glowing complexion with fewer lines, wrinkles, and an even skin tone.
With the multiple laser treatments available, it is best to consult a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to better understand the treatment best suited to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. During your one-on-one consultation at STS Plastic Surgery, Dr. Machida will evaluate your skin, discuss your cosmetic concerns, answer your questions thoroughly, and recommend a customized treatment designed especially for you.
How Many Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Sessions Do I Need?
As with many cosmetic skin procedures, consistent treatments can lead to optimal and longer-lasting benefits. However, as few as one laser session could get the job done. The number of treatment sessions required depends on the severity of your cosmetic issues.
For instance, younger women and men with mild signs of aging typically benefit from one session that can act as a preventative treatment. On the other hand, patients with severe acne scarring or more serious facial flaws may require multiple sessions at specific intervals. Dr. Machida will create a treatment plan that will best meet your needs.
Many patients require only one session, but others may require more. Here are examples of treatment intensities that vary from patient to patient:
One-Time Laser Skin Resurfacing
Women and men with minor skin complaints looking to achieve improved texture and an even skin tone may require only one laser resurfacing treatment. With routine maintenance and proper skincare, these patients can enjoy their laser resurfacing treatments for up to seven years before further treatments are necessary.
Annual Laser Resurfacing
For patients with more significant complaints—more noticeable acne scarring, uneven skin texture, or significant discoloration – yearly laser surfacing treatments may be highly beneficial. Maintaining a consistent routine with laser skin surfacing annually will help your skin regenerate collagen and promote a smooth, flawless appearance.
Monthly Laser Resurfacing
Patients with certain skin types and those with severe complaints are likely to need monthly laser skin resurfacing treatments to achieve and maintain their desired results.
One exciting aspect of laser skin treatment is its efficacy as a preventative treatment. Talk with Dr. Machida if you are interested in starting a laser skin resurfacing regimen that can help keep your glowing skin for many years!
How Often Should I Have Laser Resurfacing Performed?
The time between your laser resurfacing treatments will depend on Dr. Machida’s recommendation, skin type, and other factors. Your skin generally needs about four weeks between laser treatments to recover for the next session. With the sensitive nature of laser skin resurfacing, you should select a reputable facility and highly experienced provider to perform laser surfacing treatments.