What is the Best After Care Following Laser Resurfacing?

Houston clients know that fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots are a natural part of the aging process. At Houston’s Ovation Med Spa, laser resurfacing can be the ideal treatment for these unwanted signs of aging. But, after a laser resurfacing treatment at the Houston Ovation Med Spa, your skin will be in a more fragile state. How do you properly care for your skin after a laser resurfacing treatment? And how long does it take for your skin to show your results? Read on to discover more.

Make Sure You Follow Your Skin Specialist’s Instructions.

The most important thing you can do after a laser resurfacing treatment at the Houston Ovation Med Spa is the ensure that you follow your skin specialist’s instructions to a “T.” Typically, you’ll be advised that you’ll have some redness (which typically lasts longer for blondes and redheads) and that your skin will feel like you have a mild sunburn. You may also have swelling, itching or stinging for a few days following your procedure. But whatever you do, don’t scratch your skin! Though it may be slightly unpleasant, you’ll need to let your skin go through its natural recovery process without intervening by scratching or rubbing for temporary relief.

In some cases, what appears to be a more severe sunburn can develop or blisters may form, and the skin may ooze. While these are unwanted side effects, this is all normal, and nothing to be concerned about. Don’t try to pop blisters, or squeeze the oozing skin, as this can cause permanent scarring.

To achieve the optimal results, your skin specialist will likely recommend that you complete the following steps:

  • Clean your skin up to 5 times a day with either a saline or diluted vinegar solution;
  • Apply any protective skin care treatments recommended or prescribed by your skin specialist;
  • Use sunscreen every daily and reapply throughout the day, no exceptions. Ask your skin care specialist for help selecting a sunscreen specifically for rejuvenated skin; and
  • Follow any other instructions from your skin care specialist, such as using a daily moisturizer, if advised to do so.

What Can I Expect After My Laser Treatment?

In addition to a sunburn-like feeling, blisters and skin oozing, you can expect your treated skin to peel. After it peels, your new skin will be pink, though it will slowly turn back to your normal pigmentation over two to three months. To speed up your healing process, you can elevate your head with an extra pillow at night when you are sleeping, quit smoking and use an ice pack the first few days after your treatment to reduce swelling and redness.

I’m Ready to Consider Laser Treatment

Choosing any cosmetic procedure is not any easy decision to make, and it’s the same case with laser resurfacing. But if you have fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots or birth marks that make you want to hide your face from others, laser resurfacing might be the right treatment option for you. Get started by calling the Houston Ovation Med Spa at (713) 936-2490 today to discuss your problem areas and allow your skin specialist to create a customized treatment plan for you.