Whether you suffer from fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, or sun spots, laser resurfacing is a single treatment that can give you great results. By targeting the top few layers of your skin, laser resurfacing works to encourage the growth of new skin cells while getting rid of the old ones— leaving you with a smoother and clearer complexion than ever before. To help you get the best results from your treatment, however, it’s important that you know how to recover. Depending on the area of skin being targeted and the type of laser we are using, will help determine what your recovery will be like but here are some of the basics. Read on to learn more.
Use Cold Packs
Soft, gel, cold packs are your best friend after a laser resurfacing treatment. By cooling down the skin and getting rid of excess inflammation, cold packs are a natural way of helping you find comfort and relief during the healing process.
Take an Anti-Inflammatory
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications aren’t just good at fighting headaches and injuries— they are also great at helping you when you’re recovering from laser resurfacing. By alleviating inflammation and getting rid of any associated pain, anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen are great for most patients.
Avoid the Sun
Avoiding the hot sun in the middle of August may seem impossible to do, but it’s certainly imperative. Because your skin is healing during the two weeks following laser resurfacing, it will be extremely delicate and more prone to burning. To ensure that your skin stays healthy and doesn’t burn, make sure to avoid long amounts of time in the sun and to wear a thick sunscreen even when you’re outside for just a few minutes.
If you are interested in learning more about laser skin resurfacing and how it can benefit you, contact Dr. George Philip Smith today to schedule an appointment with our office!