Your skin is one of the most prominent reflections of your vitality and youth. Unfortunately, it’s prone to developing surface irregularities that can leave you looking older than you are and less confident in your appearance. Advances in cosmetic dermatology have made laser resurfacing treatments the ideal solution for a wide variety of skin imperfections. Whether you’d like to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, even your complexion, or reverse the long-standing effects of sun damage, laser resurfacing makes it easy to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin.
Dr. Malena Amato offers Acupluse CO2 fractional laser resurfacing. Widely considered the gold standard solution for most major or minor skin issues, fraction CO2 laser resurfacing can help correct virtually any skin irregularity. You can schedule a fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment any time of the year, but it’s best to schedule your treatment during winter, and here’s why.
Allow Time for Collagen to Remodel
There’s nothing like the fresh, beautiful look of rejuvenated skin to make you feel your best as the weather warms up. Schedule your laser resurfacing treatment during the winter months helps to guarantee you’ll be able to greet springtime with a radiant complexion that lasts all through summer. Fraction CO2 laser resurfacing can achieve outstanding results by stimulating the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. Elastin is the main protein that helps your skin to retain its shape, while collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure.
Although you can see an undeniable difference in your skin soon after treatment, the collagen and elastin remodeling process takes time. As your body continues to produce collagen and elastin production, you’ll notice smoother, firmer, and more vibrant-looking skin for the month to come.
You Can Limit Your Sun Exposure in the Winter
During the winter, you’re far less likely to unintentionally spend too much time in the sun. Why does this matter? Because laser skin resurfacing can’t be performed on skin that’s tanned or darker than normal. It’s also essential to avoid significant or prolonged sun exposure following fractional CO2 resurfacing, as the laser can leave the treatment area far more sensitive and susceptible to skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
To limit or eliminate UV-related damage both before and after laser resurfacing, it’s crucial to limit your sun exposure in the weeks leading up to your treatment and practice consistent sun protection measures in the week or months following your treatment. These tasks are typically much easier to accomplish in the winter.
Winter Makes for An Easier Recovery
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing penetrates deep into the skin surface to deliver outstanding, long-lasting results that solidify its reputation. However, this means your skin will be far more sensitive and require a recovery time to properly heal.
After your treatment, the treated area will be slightly swollen for the next few days as your skin heals. During the recovery process, which lasts 3-7 days, you can also expect a certain amount of peeling to occur as your skin naturally sheds the damaged layer away, revealing the fresh, new skin beneath.
Winter makes this recovery period easier as this season allows for more time inside to simply relax for a few days. If you do need to make a run outside, it’s easier to shield your skin with protective clothing since the weather is much colder.
Schedule Your CO2 Fractional Resurfacing Treatment Today!
If you’d like to learn more about how fractional CO2 resurfacing can help freshen the appearance of your skin this winter, we’re ready to answer all the questions you have. Don’t hesitate to give Malena M. Amato MD a call at (512) 501-1010 or contact us through our website to schedule your personalized consultation today!