Should I moisturize after intense pixel laser?

My technician said not to put anything on until day 7. Today is day 3 I am taking tomorrow off work but have to go back tuesday. What do you recommend? Moisturize or not. She said skin repairs faster without moisturizer

Doctor Answers 3

Yes, after Pixel laser it is important to constantly moisturize the treated area.

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Yes, in fact it is important to constantly moisturize the treated area throughout the healing process. If the treated areas begin to start crusting or drying, then you are not placing enough moisturizer. I recommend a thicker vasoline-type moisturizer to be placed in the treated area for about 5 days. Once the swelling and redness calms down a bit, then I recommend using a thinner facial moisturizer until the area is fully healed. Try to avoid sun exposure as much as possible but always apply sunblock if ever going outdoors.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Elevase creams after Pixel

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Moisturizers are excellent after Pixel. In our office, we use Elevase creams with ceramides after fractional treatment to help with healing. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews


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Pixel laser is a good treatment choice for pigmentation, fine lines, acne scars, and enlarged pores . Pixel Laser benefits include: great results on mild to medium wrinkling, little or no downtime after procedure and quick treatment sessions. Besides sunscreen, during the next 5-7 days after your laser treatment, you may use a non-irritating moisturizing cream or Aquaphor ointment. These skin care products will soothe your skin , resolve redness and speed up healing time.

Tatiana Khrom, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

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