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How to Prolong the Results of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Quintana, Adelle, T, MD (Laser & Mohs Surgery of New York)The repetitive use of facial muscles, the natural loss of collagen and elastin, and years of sun exposure lead to age spots, a dull complexion, wrinkles, and other concerns. Lifestyle habits also influence the skin’s appearance and overall resiliency. To revive tissue and reverse the damage that has accumulated between the dermis and the epidermis, many people turn to laser skin resurfacing.

Laser resurfacing delivers precise laser energy to the deeper layers of the skin in a controlled manner. The beams of energy penetrate tissue to cause gentle heating that stimulates dermatologic remodeling through the production of new collagen and elastin. Treatment also removes the uppermost layer of skin cells, the ones that are forming dark spots and rough texture.

The question that many people have about laser skin resurfacing is how long their results may last. Depending on the depth of treatment, results can last two or more years. Depending on strategies used to support the skin after treatment, results can last much longer.

Tips for Great Skin after Laser Resurfacing


Use sunscreen. This may be the blanket recommendation for all things related to the skin. Sunscreen filters the harmful UV light that breaks down collagen and elastin. Look for a broad-spectrum product with an SPF of 30. Remember to reapply often on those sunny days.

  • Stay hydrated. Hydration helps the body flush waste and toxins that could otherwise build up. When we’re hydrated, the skin also receives better blood circulation. Eight glasses a day is just the minimum. For best effects, sip water every few minutes until mid-afternoon.
  • Supp it up. Antioxidant supplements are especially beneficial to the skin. This is because antioxidants fight the free radicals that lead to premature aging. Time-released vitamin C is an excellent example of a skin-boosting supplement.
  • Get into a routine. Skincare is not only about cleaning makeup and debris off before bedtime, but it’s also about nourishing the skin. True nourishment involves cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating. Laser resurfacing is an intense form of exfoliation that can be performed every year to maintain results.

Are you interested in reviving your skin? Call 212.391.8600 to schedule an appointment in our Manhattan office, where we can discuss laser skin rejuvenation and other treatments to meet your needs.

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