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How Long Does Laser Resurfacing Last?


The results of laser resurfacing treatments are immediate if you undergo and ablative procedure, while it will take several sessions before the benefits of a  non-ablative procedure will appear.  Once you have achieved the results you desire from your laser resurfacing treatments, your new and improved skin can stay this way for a period of several months to a few years[1].

The key is to maintain the quality of your skin by having follow-up session with your doctor to determine if you need more sessions of laser resurfacing treatments. The frequency of these treatments however will be much less than what was required in the initial stages of treatment. Another essential element to ensuring that the results of your laser resurfacing treatment lasts, is to practice sun avoidance and wearing the applying adequate sun protection on your skin[2]. The reason for this is that your skin will be more sensitive to the sun after laser resurfacing treatments. Whatever you have achieved with your treatments may be reversed by sun damage.

What Is Laser Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that is used to correct and improve imperfections of the skin, such as wrinkles, scars, sun damage and aging. Here, laser beams vaporize or ablate your skin in order to encourage the growth of new skin at a rapid rate. The targeted skin that was once wrinkled, scarred, uneven or blemished is removed without any surgery and very minimal pain. The laser beams are dispensed with the use of a skin resurfacing machine that has a wand-like hand piece to direct the laser beams towards the precise portion of your skin that needs treatment[3].

Laser resurfacing treatments are popular because they are effective in treating cosmetic flaws and are a convenient alternative to other more complicated and painful procedures.



[1] Mayo Clinic Staff. “Laser Resurfacing: Results.” Mayo Clinic. Web. 23 May 2011. <>.

[2]Mayo Clinic Staff. “Laser Resurfacing: Results.” Mayo Clinic. Web. 23 May 2011. <>.

[3] Laser Resurfacing Information.” ASDS – American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Web. 23 May 2011. <>.


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