Spacing Laser Resurfacing Treatments?

How far apart should laser resurfacing treatments (to reduce scars) be spaced? Should you ever do it 6 months after the first? Are there pros and cons?


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Laser resurfacing for scars

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Using a laser to help improve the appearance of a scar usually requires multiple treatments.  I typically do not perform these more frequently than 6 weeks apart; however, there is no reason why waiting longer would lead to inferior results.

Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Spacing of laser resurfacing treatments

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The spacing of the laser treatments depends on your skin type.  If you have a fair complexion, non-ablative resurfacing can be performed 5 to 6 weeks apart.  Fractional CO2 ablative resurfacing can be done 2 to 3 months apart.  If you have a darker complexion, you would need to wait longer in between treatments to avoid hyperpigmentation.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing for scar removal should be spaced 4-5 weeks apart

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I assume you are talking about non-ablative fractional laser rsurfacing using the 1540 Erbium laser for treating scars. These treatments should be scheduled about 4-5 weeks apart.

There is no problem waiting 6 months but since results require at least 4 treatments it will take a very long time at 6 month intervals to see your result. See before and after pics below (April photo #3)

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