The Benefits of Laser Resurfacing in the Winter

The skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s also the most prominent. Given its exposure to the elements, it’s also prone to damage that leaves it roughened, discolored, and wrinkled.

While the skin is continuously replenishing itself by replacing old tissue with new, the process can be greatly expedited with laser resurfacing. It leaves the skin brighter, smoother, tighter, and more even.

And while you might think that summer would be the best time to have it done, laser resurfacing in the winter has many benefits.

What Is Laser Resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure that ablates the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis). Then the energy can enter into the deeper layer (the dermis). This results in an immediate contraction of the skin which promotes collagen production. Collagen locks moisture into the skin cells to lessen age-related loss of skin volume. The more collagen in the skin, the fewer lines and creases.

Furthermore, the lasers used in the procedure remove rough patches and smooth out areas where the skin has become crepey or leathery.

And the downtime is minimal.

Why Get Laser Resurfacing in the Winter

Laser resurfacing is most effective when the proper steps are taken during recovery. And these are much easier to do in the winter months when the weather is cold and the days are shorter.

Here’s why:

1. It’s Easier to Avoid the Sun

For optimal healing, avoiding direct sun exposure is highly recommended after laser resurfacing treatment. This can be difficult during the long days of summer when a sunny day lures you outdoors.

Even if there is a cold sunny day in the winter that’s calling you out to play, you’ll be mostly covered in your warm winter clothes and won’t need to use as much sunscreen.

2. You May Already Have Time Off for the Holiday Break

You may want to plan to take a few days off to allow your skin to heal after laser resurfacing. For many of us, time off is built in around the holidays. So if you’re able to schedule your procedure in that timeframe, you won’t even need to take additional time off.

3. Easier Recovery

Some laser resurfacing treatments are gentler than others. But fractional CO2 laser resurfacing goes deeper to provide outstanding results that last longer. Plus, it doesn’t require multiple treatments. It’s one and done.

For this reason, it’s the most popular option and often chosen by board-certified plastic surgeons.

The recovery can last 3-7 days and involves a certain degree of peeling as the skin exfoliates. This is easier to deal with in the cold winter months when you’re relaxing by a fire and allowing the skin to heal under a warm sweater. And if you need to make a quick errand, your skin will be protected from the elements.

Dive In This Winter

If you’re starting to despair that the cold and dry air is damaging your skin, now is the time to enjoy all of the benefits of laser resurfacing in the winter. Contact us today to start your free consultation.

Not only will your healing be optimal, but getting the treatment now will help your skin to look its best when spring and summer return.