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What recovery time is needed for fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing?

With moderate to deep resurfacing the skin goes through an initial healing period which typically lasts three to five days. At this point, most patients return to normal activities and make-up may be applied.

The fresh, new skin will be a reddish pink; a good sign that healing is taking place and that blood is nourishing the growth of new skin cells. This redness gradually fades within one to three weeks, depending on the patient’s skin type and the depth of the laser treatment. Lightly resurfaced patients can typically return to normal activities within one to three days, and redness disappears within one week.

Adhering to the physician’s instructions for post-operative care will aid the healing process.