You’ve just had a laser skin resurfacing procedure and are probably feeling excited and anxious about your new look. But what should you do now to ensure the best possible outcome? This post will provide you with a comprehensive guide to proper laser skin resurfacing aftercare. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to enjoying beautiful, healthy skin!
What to Expect After
Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that can help to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other blemishes. The procedure involves using a laser to remove the top layer of skin, revealing the healthier, younger-looking skin underneath. Although laser skin resurfacing can provide dramatic results, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects and recovery time before undergoing the procedure.
Recovery time can vary anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the type of laser used and the depth of the resurfacing.
Immediately after laser skin resurfacing, patients can expect their skin to appear red and swollen. This is normal and will typically subside within a few days. It is also common for patients to experience some itching, stinging, or burning during the first day or two following the procedure.
What to Do
Laser skin resurfacing can give you dramatic results, but it’s important to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.
- First and foremost, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. Drink plenty of water and apply a moisturizer or healing ointment several times a day. This will help your skin heal and prevent dryness, itching, and peeling.
- After the first 24 hours, you’ll begin a daily cleansing regimen to prevent infection and promote healing. This includes gently cleansing the area 4-5 times daily, followed by generous application of a healing ointment, which prevents scabbing.
- Gently pat skin dry after cleansing.
- In the first few days after laser skin resurfacing, your skin will be sensitive. To help relieve any discomfort, take over-the-counter pain medication as needed and apply cold compresses to the treated area.
- Be patient, allow your skin the time it needs to properly heal.
What NOT to Do
- Avoid picking at or scratching your skin, as this could cause scarring.
- You should also avoid exposure to sunlight for at least two weeks after your procedure. If you must go outside, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Try to keep your activities low-key and avoid strenuous exercise.
- Avoid wearing makeup until peeling or flaking has fully healed.
- Avoid harsh skincare ingredients. This includes hydroxy acids, retinols, and even serums such as Vitamin C.
- Avoid scrubbing or using harsh soaps.
Within a week or two, you should be able to resume your normal skincare routine. Be sure to use gentle products that won’t irritate your skin. And of course, continue to wear sunscreen whenever you go outside!
By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your laser skin resurfacing results are beautiful and long-lasting.
This list is a general outline of what to do and what not to do after laser resurfacing. You should always follow the aftercare instructions of the skincare professional that did your treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact New Leaf Spa & Laser. We can help you determine the best skincare products and routines for your individual needs.
Now that you know how to take care of your skin after laser resurfacing, go out and enjoy your new, beautiful complexion!