Why is Winter an Ideal Time for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Often times, after a patient undergoes plastic surgery from board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Franklyn Elliott, they seek laser skin resurfacing to improve their overall complexion for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Specifically, laser skin resurfacing can eliminate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, birthmarks, and freckles. While laser skin resurfacing can be performed year-round, winter is an ideal time to undergo laser resurfacing procedures. Below, we explain why.

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Because skin can be extremely sensitive following these laser treatments, it is imperative to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Excess exposure can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which should be avoided in order have ideal laser skin resurfacing results. Recovering indoors is advised as you eliminate the risk of dangerous skin damage that can occur from harsh winds and harmful UV rays. When outdoors, wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day to protect your skin throughout your recovery time. Remember that even in the winter, sun damage does occur through reflective surfaces, gray skies, or through your car window. However, because it is nowhere near as intense as the summer sun, many people opt for laser resurfacing in the grayer months.

As an added benefit, many patients have time off from school and work around the holidays, making it an ideal time to undergo laser resurfacing and allot for proper recovery period, which can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks. For more information about laser skin resurfacing or other facial rejuvenation procedures please contact us to schedule a consultation. Be sure to connect with Dr. Elliott on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and information.