When Is The Best Time for Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing treatment to a beautiful woman on her face (model)

Hormones, normal sun exposure, the natural aging process, and other factors can affect even the healthiest skin. Laser skin resurfacing treatments restore smooth, clear, evenly colored skin for people of all ages, and they can be customized to address your specific concerns and available downtime. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you may be wondering when to get this treatment. Here’s the treatment process and why we think autumn is the best time of the year to benefit from laser skin resurfacing. 

How The Treatment Works 

Laser skin resurfacing treats the top layers of the skin to target excess pigment, redness, wrinkles, uneven texture, and more. This treatment is ideal for areas of exposed skin such as the face, chest, back, and arms.

Our Cutera laser (an ablative laser) removes the outer layer of damaged skin and stimulates collagen growth to reveal the underlying new skin and improve the skin’s structure and elasticity. After treatment, you’ll enjoy smoother, softer, clearer, and younger-looking. These treatments can be adjusted to a range of depths, from superficial to deep, depending on your particular needs.  

We also offer non-ablative options such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and Fotona4D, which penetrate the skin without affecting its surface. These options offer more gentle rejuvenation and less downtime than ablative lasers, gradually smoothing and firming your skin over the weeks following treatment. 

Depending on your skin’s condition, the number of target areas, and your skin goals, treatments can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. 

For some people, chemical peels are also a good option for skin resurfacing. 

Why Is Fall The Best Time To Get This Treatment? 

Your Sun Exposure Is Reduced 

Your skin will be sensitive after laser skin resurfacing treatment, so you will need to be diligent in protecting it from the sun. The sun’s rays can cause skin pigmentation and a lengthened healing time for the treated skin. Autumn’s cooler temperatures and shorter days increase the likelihood of staying indoors and decreasing your UV exposure. 

You Get Some Downtime 

Depending on the condition of your skin, the size of the area treated, and the depth of the laser treatment, we may suggest some downtime after your laser skin resurfacing. With temperatures dropping and summer activities starting to dwindle, fall provides a great time to rest post-procedure. The start of the holiday season may also provide you with some long weekends to recover. 

Your Skin Will Be Ready For Spring And Summer 

Depending on your treatment plan, you may need several treatments to achieve your best results. Some results may be visible in time for your holiday festivities. But by spring and summer, your skin should be showing optimal results so you can take on warm-weather activities with smoother, clearer, and more evenly toned skin! 


If you want to renew your skin, our team at Commonwealth Plastic Surgery is here to help. To learn more about how you can benefit from laser skin resurfacing, request a consultation using our online form or call us at (859) 277-9435. 

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