Have you scheduled a laser resurfacing treatment? If so, get ready to see results that include reduced fine lines and wrinkles, a reduction of sun spots and other discoloration, and more vibrant, youthful-looking skin! Laser resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes the power of lasers to rejuvenate your skin and treat common signs of aging. It can also stimulate the formation of collagen, a substance that your body naturally produces less of as you age. When you stimulate collagen, you’ll see tighter skin and a reduction in hollowness and sagging.
Laser resurfacing is affordable, does not require a lot of downtimes, and is very effective. However, to make the most of your results, you need to know how to care for your skin after your treatment has been performed. Here’s how.
The First Few Days After Treatment
Depending on the type of laser used, you will find your skin looks raw and peels for anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks. During this time, it’s imperative that you gently cleanse it using a saline or diluted vinegar solution three to four times per day. You also need to be vigilant about moisturizing it with a gentle moisturizer or ointment that will be recommended or prescribed by your plastic surgeon. During this time, it’s very important that you avoid sun exposure. If you have to leave the house, try to do so on a cloudy day and shield your face with a hat or visor.
It’s normal to have facial swelling after an intense laser resurfacing treatment. To help manage it, you can apply ice packs to the affected areas during your recovery as needed. Depending on the amount of swelling that occurs, your surgeon may also prescribe steroids for you to use for a few days after your treatment. Try to sleep with your head elevated by pillows to keep swelling to a minimum and feel free to use over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to deal with any pain or discomfort.
Take Care of Redness and Peeling
Peeling and redness are expected results of your laser resurfacing and may occur for several days or up to a couple of weeks depending on the laser used. Moisturizing and gentle cleansing is the best way to facilitate healing. Avoid touching your face and never peel or pick at your skin during the healing process. Your skin may still be red for up to two months after your treatment, but most patients find this is easy to cover with makeup. You can begin using makeup again after your skin has finished peeling. If you have darker skin, you may experience some hyperpigmentation or dark spots after your procedure. If these are a concern, talk to your surgeon who can prescribe skin bleaching cream if appropriate.
Ongoing Sun Exposure
Your skin will continue to be more sensitive to the sun after your laser treatment. Though you don’t have to be as cautious about staying out of the sun after your skin has healed, you should still wear a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher every day. If you don’t protect your newly resurfaced skin from the sun, it could become damaged or develop dark spots. Reapply sunscreen every two to three hours if you will have continual sun exposure and wear sunglasses with UV protection as well as hats that can provide shade. If at all possible, avoid being in the sun for long periods of time between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm when the rays are the strongest.
You will be able to resume using anti-aging treatments such as those with glycolic acid or retinol after your face has healed. Make sure to speak with your plastic surgeon about the appropriate time to resume using these products and ask about other products that are recommended on your newly resurfaced skin. If you use high-quality anti-aging products, protect your skin from the sun, and stay vigilant about moisturizing, you can continue to experience more youthful and vibrant skin for years to come after your laser resurfacing treatment.
Ready to reveal brighter, smoother skin? Schedule a consultation at The Grace Clinic today to find out more about this treatment and whether or not it’s right for you!