• Winter is the Best Time to Banish Skin Flaws With Fractionated C02 Laser Therapy

    on Jan 30th, 2019

If you’ve done any research, you already know that skin resurfacing with fractional CO2 laser therapy is the gold standard for eliminating wrinkles, age spots, surgical and acne scars, and a wide variety of other flaws that can affect your skin’s appearance over time. Many medical professionals prefer fractionated laser skin resurfacing because it’s very effective and is safe when performed by an experienced specialist.

Your skin’s health and its relationship to your overall well-being is the priority at Easton Dermatology Associates. Serving communities throughout Maryland’s the Delmarva Peninsula, these highly-skilled, board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants recognize that how you feel about your appearance can greatly affect your self-confidence, self-esteem, and even your overall physical health.

These gifted specialists are confident about the quality results you can expect with fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing performed at Easton Dermatology. They do recommend, whenever possible, that you consider scheduling your treatment in very late fall to early winter for a variety of reasons — reasons that have more to do with your recovery process and the outdoor-loving, skin-baring activities of the Delmarva Peninsula than the procedure itself.

How fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing works

The fractional CO2 laser is safe but ablative. That means it gently removes top layers of your skin to take away the age spots, scars, wrinkles, and other flaws detracting from your appearance.

This action also stimulates your skin’s own healing abilities into overdrive by increasing collagen and elastin production. These naturally occurring proteins help keep your skin toned, smooth, and vibrant and increase the age-defying benefits of laser resurfacing.

Retreating indoors to heal after laser resurfacing   

Your skin needs healing time, up to about 10 days, after laser resurfacing, and it remains sensitive for several weeks to months. The sunshine, wind, sand, and other outdoor elements that often go together with spring, summer, and early fall can leave your “new” skin irritated and sore and may increase your risk of infection or scarring.

It’s probably easy to identify why sun exposure could be an enemy of your skin as it heals. Keep in mind, though, that even a mildly windy day can chap and redden the sensitive skin on a baby’s cheeks. Your resurfaced skin isn’t the same as a newborn’s, but it comes close for several weeks after the procedure.

Overall, the indoors is simply a much friendlier environment for pampering your healing skin after laser resurfacing; and it’s easier to stay indoors when winter hits.

There’s certainly nothing stopping you from spending some of your summer indoors if you can’t schedule a winter-time laser resurfacing procedure. We just think you may have a better experience if you take the time to heal during winter. That way, you won’t miss any of the awesome outdoor spring/summer/fall activities available on the Eastern Shore.

Timing your new skin’s arrival

You won’t have to live like a hermit while your skin heals and completes the restorative process that starts with laser resurfacing. You can expect some peeling as healing progresses and faint discoloration that’s easily covered with makeup but may last for several weeks, depending on your skin’s healing ability.

If you’ve got a special vacation coming up, a college reunion to attend, a once-in-a-lifetime cruise, or any celebratory event planned for spring, summer, or fall, scheduling laser resurfacing in the winter gives your skin time to looks its best for the festivities.

Ready for a whole new you by summertime — or anytime? Schedule a visit today at Easton Dermatology Associates to discuss whether laser skin resurfacing is right for you. Call the office or book your appointment online.  

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