Caring for Your Skin After Laser Facial Resurfacing

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Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective way to reveal a more youthful, healthy looking complexion. Not only can the procedure be used to boost collagen production for tighter, firmer skin, it also does wonders for improving embarrassing skin conditions like acne, rosacea and spider veins.

Even though recovery after laser resurfacing treatment is not as intense as with an invasive surgical procedure, your skin will still need special treatment to help it heal. If you’ve recently had or are planning to have laser resurfacing, be sure to follow this after-care advice for babying your skin.

Keep skin moisturized

After laser resurfacing, it’s important to keep your newly revealed skin well moisturized until it’s healed. Keeping the skin moist helps prevent the formation of scabs and helps reduce the healing time for your skin. Just after the procedure, you will likely be given an ointment like petroleum jelly or Aquaphor. You will need to clean the laser treated area 4 to 5 times a day, then apply the ointment to keep your skin from drying out. If you use products containing retinol or glycolic acid, your doctor will let you know when you can begin using them again.

Reduce swelling

It’s normal to experience some swelling after laser skin resurfacing. To manage swelling, you can apply ice packs to the affected area. Your doctor might also prescribe steroids to help ease swelling on your face. Sleeping in an elevated position with an extra pillow can also help reduce facial swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with any post-treatment pain.

Minimize redness or darkness

Your skin may be raw and experience peeling for several days after laser resurfacing. Once the peeling has stopped, you can wear oil-free makeup to minimize redness, which usually fades in two to three months. Green-based makeups are ideal to help counterbalance and hide facial redness.

People with darker complexions may experience hyperpigmentation, or skin darkening after laser resurfacing. A bleaching cream may be used after the treatment to minimize any unwanted dark spots.

Protect skin from sun exposure

After laser treatment, the skin is more sensitive to sun exposure. Without adequate sun protection, the skin can easily become damaged or even develop dark spots. It’s especially important that you use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays after laser resurfacing. Your sunscreen should have an SPF protection level of 30 or higher.

Since sunscreen wears off during the day, be sure to reapply it regularly – every 2 to 3 hours. Protect the delicate skin around your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses with UV protection. A hat that shades the face can provide additional sun protection. If you can, avoid going outside during between 11am and 4pm, when the sun’s rays are usually at their strongest.

At Cadiz Laser Spa, we are experts in the area of laser skin rejuvenation. If you have questions about the procedure or need advice on how to improve the look and feel of your skin, contact us today.

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