Lighter laser resurfacing can help improve the look and feel of your skin and impart a more youthful, glowing appearance. The depth of the laser peel can be adjusted, the deeper the peel the more recovery needed. Lighter laser peels can have quicker recovery however several may be needed to achieve the results of one deeper peel. Light laser resurfacing can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and irregularities in the skin. While the overall effect of laser resurfacing is a brighter, more youthful look, there are a few minor side effects in the days directly following treatment that you should be aware of in order to get the most from the procedure.
What to Expect After Laser Resurfacing
Redness: Expect to see some mild redness in the first week after your laser resurfacing treatment; for some patients, a pinkish cast to the skin can remain for a short time after the initial redness fades. You can use makeup to cover this if needed until it resolves.
Peeling or Dry Skin: Some extra dryness or flaking of the skin is normal after a treatment, however, this typically resolves in a short amount of time, leaving only fresh, new skin in its place.
Mild to Moderate Swelling: You may see some mild swelling in the area of treatment the next day; this is common and may last up to three days. Cold compresses for a few minutes each hour and sleeping on an elevated incline can help alleviate discomfort.
Mild Discoloration: You may see some darker or discolored spots on your skin; these are normal and will fade on their own in about a week.
Caring for your Skin after Laser Treatment
At the Elizabeth Roche MedSpa, we’ll give you specific instructions on how to take special care of your new skin the first few days after your treatment. Avoid anything that could overheat your skin, including hot tubs, saunas, and even vigorous exercise. You can use most of your regular skincare products, but skip any product containing an acid, retinol or alcohol.
Always wear sunscreen when you go outdoors, using a minimum SPF of 30 with both UVA and UVB protection. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply frequently. Use a hat or other covering while you are healing and even afterwards to protect your skin from sun damage.
Many patients experience very mild forms of the above symptoms after laser resurfacing and learning more about what to expect after the procedure can give you peace of mind about your skin after treatment.
Contact us to learn more about the benefits of laser resurfacing and to find out how to restore your youthful glow. At the Elizabeth Roche MedSpa, we’re committed to helping you fall in love with your skin all over again.