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Clearing Up Misinformation

There is a lot of information out there about CO2 laser skin resurfacing. So much, in fact, that it can be difficult to know what’s fact and what’s false. After all, unless you’ve had the treatment, you simply can’t know for sure.

As CO2 laser skin resurfacing specialists, we at Monterey Laser believe it’s important for anyone considering the treatment to have the facts. Because we believe in the results, we want to encourage those who aren’t happy with their acne scars, wrinkles, and age spots to be open to laser skin resurfacing—and that starts with understanding the procedure and knowing the right information.

Here we’ll clear up some of the misinformation that we’ve seen out there about CO2 laser resurfacing

False: You Can’t Get Laser Skin Resurfacing in the Summer

There’s some validity to this, but it’s not necessarily true. You may read or hear that you can’t get laser skin resurfacing done in the summer because the sunlight is too harsh. However, no matter when you get the treatment, you’ll have to avoid the sun for a couple weeks, anyway. You can get it done any time of the year; just be mindful that it’s best to stay indoors (or at least, avoid excessive sunlight) during your recovery time, and you MUST wear a good sunblock to protect the treated area.

False: Laser Skin Resurfacing Hurts

Yes, you may feel some discomfort, but unbearable pain? Not likely. The most common “pain comparison” made to laser skin resurfacing is that it feels like tiny rubber bands snapping on the skin. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s pain threshold is different. Your laser skin resurfacing specialist will also provide you with any creams or cool packs you may need to help minimize discomfort.

False: Laser Skin Resurfacing is Only for Light Skin

There are claims that laser skin resurfacing is only safe for lighter skin types. Again, there’s some validity here, but it’s not entirely true. Darker skin types are at risk for cell damage or skin if certain types of lasers are used—but not all lasers. There are other safe and effective laser options. Every individual and skin type are different, which is why consultations are encouraged.

False: Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery Takes Months

Weeks, maybe—but months, no. This myth probably perpetuates itself because it can take months to see final results, but not to recover. After several days, you’ll be able to wear light makeup and resume daily activities. Final results won’t be fully apparent for anywhere from three weeks to six months.

Hopefully this helped clear up some of the muddled information out there about CO2 laser resurfacing. If you have any questions about this treatment, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at Monterey Laser & Skin Care.