Any suggestions for Skin Care Pre-Treatment?
Doctor Answers 3
Thank you for your question. With laser resurfacing, enhancement of your skin is the goal. That said, different surgeons have different preferences regarding their pre- and post-treatment care. I suggest that you discuss your skin care instructions with your board certified facial plastic surgeon. You should always follow best practices with sun exposure.
Hydrate skin, vitamin A
What to Do Before and After Laser?
A few days before your treatment, stop use of any retinoids or acid-based skin care products (ie. salicylic, glycolic, etc). You may resume these products following your treatment once your skin is fully healed. If you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters, you will want to start an anti-viral such as Valtrex about 3-5 days before your treatment, as heating up the skin may cause a flare-up.
Following your treatment, applying sunblock and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun will be imperative to the healing process. You may apply Aquaphor or a similar skin emulsion to help moisturize and protect your skin. If you are able, let your skin breathe without makeup for as long as possible post treatment, however a lightweight, mineral-based product may be used to help with redness.
In order to minimize bruising from the liposuction, you should discontinue any kind of blood thinners at least 3-5 days before your treatment. This includes but is not limited to aspirin, fish oil, and Vitamin E. If you have any further questions, be sure to consult with your physician. Best of luck with your procedures!