Why Don't I see Results of CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing After 2 Months?

I recently paid $3100 for a Full Ablative CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing from a PS. I was put on sedation with an anaethesiologist, and the procedure was done in 30 minutes. I had hardly any redness, or was swollen. I kept aquaphor on my face, and 3 1/2 days later I was completely normal. The problem is, I look EXACTLY the same as I did before the procedure. The PS says I won't see results for 2 months, because the collagen has to build up. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 3

No results

A lot depends on the laser settings as to power etc. However, I would expect you yo see some superficial skin changes at this point. Skin tightening will come later

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

No results 2 months after laser resurfacing

  While your doctor is correct in saying that there may be continued improvement over the next 6-10 months, from your description, it sounds like you may have been under treated.  How many days it takes to resurface the skin after the procedure is a very good indicator as to how deep the resurfacing procedure was.  It sounds like you had a fairly light treatment if you healed in just 3 1/2 days.  Sorry to have to say this to you.

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 131 reviews

Ablative CO2 Laser Resurfacing

 I am not sure what you were trying to accomplish with your procedure and I , of course, don't know what settings were or which laser was used. Nevertheless, it appears that you received a very mild treatment if you were healed after such a short period of time. You may get better as time goes by but I doubt that you will see much overall change. With laser resurfacing, longer recuperative times translate into better results, assuming no complications.

William M. Ramsdell, MD
Austin Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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