How long does fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing usually last?

Several years. Most patients who undergo fractional co2 resurfacing will see improvements up to 6 months after treatment. These laser treatments rejuvenate the skin (reduce wrinkles, brown spots, etc) which can take years off your skin. That does not mean that it stops the aging process. You will continue to age from a new, more youthful base. Regular skin maintenance (sunscreen, retina) will prolong results.
1 to 2 years. There are many different types of fractional co2 laser and variations in how it is performed. Some devices are much more powerful and the physician can elect to perform a lighter or more aggressive treatment by turning up the fluence or power and performing more passes. This affects the downtime and results. The results can usually last 1-2 years.
Depends. On a number of factors including depth of treatment and other laser settings as well as how well skin is cared for after treatment (eg avoiding excessive sun exposure, using effective sun screen when appropriate, not smoking, using products that promote skin health and renewal). One study evaluating results after fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing showed ~ 75% of benefit maintained at 2 years.
1 to 2 years. The results of laser resurfacing do not wear off like botox. The changes are permanent, but your skin will continue to age, so if you take good care of your skin by avoiding the sun, not smoking, and using quality skin care products, the results should last several years. Laser doesn't stop the clock, it's more like turning back the clock about 5 years.
Several years. No cosmetic procedure is permanent. But fractional resurfacing with a carbon dioxide laser can last many years if appropriate sun protection is maintained along with the use of a topical retinoids like retin-a.

Related Questions

Is co2 laser skin resurfacing safe for the genital and breast areas? I'm a 28-year-old model and was wondering whether co2 laser is safe for smoothing skin in the genital and breast areas (like skin tags).

CO2. Co2 is a strong resurfacing laser with risks if not done correctly. Because you would be targeting areas that do not heal well, I would not recommend any type of laser for either area. If you have only a few skin tags, then an electrodessication would work quickly and create the least problems. Dermatologists use an small devise that quickly burns off skin tags. The further away from the face, the longer it takes the skin to heal because there are fewer hair follicles which speed up tissue healing. Be careful. You don't want to end up with scarring or infections.
CO2. Co2 laser isn't typically used for the genital and breast areas as there would be concerns that the resulting wounds wouldn't heal normally. Skin resurfaces after a laser peel via the surrounding hair follicles. If there isn't a good enough supply of follicles scarring of the skin can develop. The good news is that skin tags can be treated with other methods such as electrodessication or simple excision.

Is co2 laser skin resurfacing safe for the genital and breast areas? I'm a 28-year-old model and was wondering whether co2 laser is safe for smoothing skin in the genital and breast areas (like skin tags)..

CO2. Co2 laser can be used to remove skin tags, but it can be done quickly, cheaply and easily by simply snipping them off under a local anaesthetic. It shouldn't leave any scarring at all.
Safer. Methods for skin tags include excision, and electrodessication. They are cheaper, safer and easier.

What are the chances of developing skin cancer following co2 laser skin resurfacing? I believe my fair skin due to my irish heritage makes me more prone to burns and skin cancer. Can co2 laser cause such side effects?

Co. Co 2 laser can even help with treatment of skin cancers. Obviously strict sunscreen use is essential post treatment.
A. A co2 laser resurfacing treatment shouldn't increase your chances of developing skin cancer. In fact it may decrease this risk by removing outer skin cells that may be prone to becoming skin cancers in the future.
No. Co2 laser resurfacing removes a layer of skin in a controlled fashion. In some cases, patients with extensive precancers can be treated with co2 laser, most frequently done on the lips. Sun protection is the most important measure to prevent skin cancer, regardless of whether or not you've had co2 laser resurfacing. Your fair skin may increase your risk of skin cancer independent of co2 laser.
Fair skin = risk. Co2 laser or fractionated co2 laser are popular laser treatments for sun damage, wrinkles, dark spots and pre-cancers. Your skin type, fair with irish heritage puts you at risk for skin cancers--not the laser resurfacing. Sun block protection is the most important measure to prevent skin cancer, regardless of whether or not you've had co2 laser resurfacing.