How many profractional ablative laser treatments will I need?

I read a study that says profractional lasers are less risky and cause less damage to your face than other laser treatments. I've also read that you heal faster. I'd like to give profractional a try, but I'm not sure that I can afford more than one or two treatments right now. Will I need more than one? I don't have a specific problem that I want to solve, I've just neglected my skin for the last few years and I thought that it's time to do something about it.


F, 50, Massachusetts

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I was interested in laser treatments to treat my acne scars. I liked the fact that these treatments are not a high-risk procedure. I also liked the fact that the healing time is fairly quick. While laser procedures are not as expensive as other treatments, they aren't cheap either. I was hesitant to undergo the treatments because I didn't want to spend a lot of money.

At my initial consultation, my doctor said that I could see great results after one treatment. Of course, the exact number of treatments depends on the individual patient. As the skin heals, our doctor might recommend an extras treatment session. My doctor suggested that I undergo a second treatment after examining the treated area. The sessions were scheduled within a couple of months of each other. Each session lasted no more than 30 minutes. I was really impressed with my results. My skin had a clearer and smoother looking appearance. My skin's healing process was much shorter than I had expected, and the treated areas look better than they ever have. Again, the number of treatments needed depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Having said that, I would be prepared to have at least two sessions. The treatments are well worth the expense. 

I chose profractional ablative laser treatments because they offer substantial results with minimal side effects and healing time. Plus, profractional laser treatment is customized to meet each patient's needs. You can have between one and three treatments completed to maximize your results. My plastic surgeon tailored my laser treatment to provide me with the specific results I wanted. For example, I had deeper wrinkles on my forehead than I did in other areas of my face, and I had some hyperpigmentation on my upper cheeks. My plastic surgeon recommended that I had the laser treatment done on my entire face and suggested a possible additional second therapy on only my forehead and upper cheeks if it was needed.

I experienced immediate results. I chose to have a second treatment done on my forehead and on my upper cheeks to get the perfect look that I wanted. It's worth mentioning that some laser treatments don't work as well for people with darker skin tones. I'm really pale so this wasn't an issue for me, but my friend couldn't undergo laser treatment because of her skin tone. I'm thrilled with my outcome and my doctor is helping me to maintain my clearer, firmer and younger looking skin. If you're looking for something that is less risky and provides noticeable results, I would absolutely recommend profractional lasers.

The primary reason I decided to get my pro fractional treatment was for the very same reasons you listed, I barely did any skin care routine for most of my teens. I got so tired of the discoloration, deep acne scars, and oily pores. I tried all of the over the counter treatment and the didn't work for me. When I look back and think about how much money I spent on other treatments that didn't work, it really annoys me. I personally only needed 3 laser treatments to get the result that I wanted. My dermatologist and I came up with a personalized treatment plan to ensure that I got the results I wanted. It's agonizing because you realize how much your skin factors into your overall appearance. I have a whole new sense of confidence after getting the treatments. This was the type of eye-opening experience that made me realize that I could invest in myself and the benefits would exceed just a temporary satisfaction. You will absolutely love the way you look afterward and being able to look completely flawless without makeup is the best feeling in the world.

I was lucky enough to only need three but that it really depends on what you are looking for as a result. If you and your doctor come up with a treatment plan to get 6 treatments over the course of a year, stick with it. There are some doctors who will offer multiple treatments in a bundle, that is what my doctor did, that way you can save a bit of money and get the results you want. One of the great things about this treatment is how dramatic the results can be and how you are able to really adjust it if you need more sessions. The hardest part about the multiple treatments is that during the recovery time you need to avoid direct sun exposure because you'll get really bad sun damage. I would say speak to your doctor about any plans they may have for a few sessions and don't be afraid to tell them what you want.