Laser resurfacing comes in two forms—ablative and non-ablative—though both help to improve the quality of the skin. In general, ablative resurfacing will be performed by a plastic surgeon in a surgical setting while non-ablative resurfacing can be performed in-office and by a doctor or master esthetician. When considering the procedure, patients often ask, “Can laser resurfacing make wrinkles worse?”
The answer is almost always no. Laser resurfacing is one of the best and most effective treatments for wrinkles. While it may not completely take away wrinkles, it is extremely unlikely that laser resurfacing of any kind will make wrinkles worse.
Initially, your face may swell slightly which could hide existing wrinkles. During this time, it is important to follow post-operative instructions such as applying the recommended moisturizer or lubricant. You will also want to avoid the sun and strenuous activities until healed more. Not following these protocols can hinder laser resurfacing results, but is still unlikely to actually worsen wrinkles.