November 2023

Winter Skin Rejuvenation:
Laser Resurfacing Recovery

Laser Season Recovery

We're often asked about the best time of year to maximize rejuvenation, and the answer is unquestionably the fall and winter months for several reasons.

Reduced Sun Exposure

During the winter, people typically spend less time outdoors and wear more protective clothing, which means their skin is exposed to less direct sunlight. This is crucial because laser treatments can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. Minimizing sun exposure before and after a laser procedure reduces the risk of complications like hyperpigmentation and sunburn.

Ideal For Healing

After a laser treatment, the skin may require some downtime for recovery. The winter season provides a more comfortable environment for healing because the cooler temperatures can reduce the risk of overheating or excessive sweating, which can be a concern during hot summer months.

Less Risk Of Pigmentary Changes

Laser treatments can trigger temporary changes in skin pigmentation, such as darkening or lightening. The decreased sun exposure in winter minimizes the likelihood of these changes because UV exposure is a significant factor in such alterations.

Easy to Maintain Post-Treatment Care

Post-treatment care often involves avoiding direct sun exposure and using sunscreen diligently. It's easier to adhere to these recommendations during winter when the sun is less intense and the days are shorter.

Readiness For Summer

By undergoing laser skin treatments in the winter, you can ensure your skin is at its best by the time summer arrives. This means you can enjoy the benefits of smoother, rejuvenated skin during the warmer months without worrying about post-treatment sun sensitivity.

Opportunities For Multiple Treatment Sessions

Many laser treatments require multiple sessions for optimal results. Starting in the winter allows you to complete a series of treatments before the summer season, ensuring you achieve your desired outcomes.

Overall, the winter season's reduced sun exposure, milder temperatures, and the convenience of post-treatment care make it an advantageous time for laser skin treatments, helping you achieve the best results with minimal risks.

Our Most Requested Rejuvenation Laser 

One of the best ways to rejuvenate your skin is by having a full-face laser treatment. Dr. Burns is a fellowship-trained laser surgeon and uses the latest generation Erbium laser called Joule. The Joule is a nice alternative to aggressive chemical peels that come with significant downtime and less impressive results. 

The Sciton Joule precisely removes sun-damaged skin, while stimulating the skin's production of collagen and elastin. This advanced laser technology also improves skin tone, skin texture, pore size, fine wrinkling, and is safely used on most Fitzpatrick skin types. The laser also addresses acne scars and age spots. The collagen production creates a firmer, more vibrant-looking result that is long-lasting.

What Does Healing Look Like?

In Texas, even incidental sun exposure can have repercussions on the skin, especially during summer months. The effectiveness of the laser will temporarily make your skin more prone to sunburn which is why the cooler months are your ally in the healing process.

The laser treatment itself is relatively quick with minimal discomfort, but the best results depend on following your post-care directions and avoiding sun exposure.

Recovery from full-face laser surgery, such as laser skin resurfacing, typically involves the following:

Swelling & Redness

Expect some degree of swelling and redness immediately after the procedure, which typically lasts at least one week. With full ablative resurfacing, the outer layer of the skin is removed so there is more moisture and ooziness to the skin. This is treatment with meticulous wound care and the application of antibiotic and moisturizing ointment.

Pain & Discomfort

Most patients feel like their skin is tight and hot; like a bad sunburn. Pain is typically controlled with non-narcotic pain medication.

Some Post-care Skincare Is Involved

Initially, the skin is treated with antibiotic ointment and moisturizing ointment such as Aquaphor. After the outer layer of skin has grown back, skin care is instituted to help with the healing process using a topical like  Alastin Nectar.

Daily Sun Protection

Initially, strict sun avoidance is mandatory to avoid darkening of the skin. EltaMD sunblock is our preferred sunscreen

Avoid Makeup For A Bit

Makeup avoidance is key until you're all healed up. Once healed, we always advise a mineral-based makeup to keep your skin nurtured with healthy ingredients and antioxidants. GloMinerals is available at EpiCentre.

Healing Time

Healing from a full face laser treatment takes about one week. The surface of your face will be pink for a few weeks. The results are evident once healed and can be carefully maintained with a medical-grade skincare program

Follow Up Care In Our Office

After your procedure, you will be seen by Dr. Burns and his nurse. Once healed you will be referred to EpiCentre Skincare and Laser Center for a maintenance program to maintain your results.

Laser Resurfacing Before and After in Dallas, TX by Dr. John Burns

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In Summary

Laser resurfacing can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with another procedure such as a facelift or eyelid rejuvenation. For more, visit our facelift and laser results here.

If you're ready to talk more about laser skin resurfacing, click the link below to  ask our team a question or to schedule your consult with Dr. John Burns.

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