Laser resurfacing is a procedure designed to improve the look and quality of the skin. It can treat sun damage, acne scars, wrinkles, and other signs of aging and environmental damage. Since these factors cannot be completely avoided following the procedure, many patients wonder if they can or will need to undergo subsequent sessions for the best results. How often should you get CO2 laser resurfacing?
CO2 laser resurfacing comes in two different types–ablative and non-ablative. Ablative is usually considered a surgical procedure and requires more downtime and recovery. Non-ablative laser resurfacing usually does not require the same amount of downtime or aftercare. Though, it does not offer results that last as long.
When it comes to ablative CO2 laser resurfacing, you likely will not need to repeat the procedure for at least a few years. Many patients see near permanent changes in the quality of their skin. Generally, it depends on your results and skin. Potentially, you could undergo an ablative laser resurfacing procedure as often as every three to ten years.
Non-ablative CO2 laser resurfacing can be performed between two and four times a year for most patients. Though, this will depend on your skin type and damage. Many patients do feel satisfied after just a few treatments. A master esthetician can discuss this more with you during a consultation.