Cosmetic procedures are typically not cheap and many require some degree of downtime. However, skin procedures and plastic surgery can also produce excellent results that many patients feel are worth the money and recovery. The longevity of the results is often a significant factor in the decision to move forward with the procedure in question.
Laser resurfacing is a popular treatment, due to its demonstrated excellent results. But many prospective patients want to know how long the results are likely to last. Here are some of the factors that influence the answer to this common question.
Type of Laser
The carbon dioxide laser is considered the gold standard in facial resurfacing. However, this procedure requires a great deal of discomfort and healing time for the patient, so many surgeons are moving toward other options, like lighter fractionated laser treatments, both CO2 and other types that can vary in their intensity adjusting the degree of improvement desired with the amount of recovery. There are many different laser treatments available, and each one varies in results, downtime, and other variables that affect how long the results will last.
Depth of Treatment
Cosmetic treatments are highly customized these days, and laser treatments are no exception. Depending on the degree of improvement the patient desires, and the areas treated, the longevity of the results can vary. A deeper, more extensive treatment is naturally going to last longer, but will be more invasive and expensive.
Genetic Aging Patterns
Everyone ages at a different pace and in different areas more than others. This often has to do with genetics. Some people retain their youthful appearance better than others, and this tends to run in families. Those whose families tend toward faster aging may not enjoy the same long-lasting results as other patients.
The process doesn’t end after the treatment is finished. Patients must follow any aftercare instructions provided by their surgeon in order to get good results. Additionally, caring for the facial skin is an on-going process, and patients should take care to protect the skin from the sun and follow a good skincare routine. This will help preserve the results of laser resurfacing.
Lifestyle has a huge impact on the aging process, and many people have unhealthy habits that can reduce the effectiveness of treatments like laser resurfacing. Sunbathing, using tanning beds, smoking, drinking excessively, a poor diet, lack of exercise, and improper skincare can all contribute to accelerated aging. These poor habits, if continued after treatment, can cut results. Some of these habits, such as smoking, must be ceased before and after treatment for both safety and results.
One of the most important factors in the success of a laser resurfacing treatment is the surgeon performing the procedure. A surgeon’s skill can affect the longevity of the procedure as well, so it is important to choose a provider who is board certified, experienced, and compassionate. This can be a difficult combination to find, but there are many skilled facial plastic surgeons who are able to produce consistently good results for most patients.
If you are seeking an expert in the Austin area, come to Buckingham Center and meet with acclaimed, board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham has helped many patients reach their goals with laser resurfacing, and is standing by to help you plan your procedure. Call 512-401-2500 to schedule your consultation today and learn more about what you can expect from laser resurfacing.