Lux 1540: Is There Any Downtime?

Should I expect any downtime after a laser treatment with the Lux 1540?

Doctor Answers 4

1540nm Laser Downtime

Thank you for the important question. The downtime from this laser is minimal -- there is some puffiness and redness for about 48 hours, but no bleeding, flaking, or peeling as you would find with CO2 type lasers. In addition, the recovery depends on the settings -- lighter treatments have less post-procedure swelling and redness. Aftercare involves moisturizer and SPF.

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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No downtime

We see many patients with skin of color. The 1540 Lux is great for all skin types.  One of the biggest concerns patients do have is enlarged pores and acne scarring, but also for skin rejuvenation.   Our protocols consist of no downtime treatments with efficacy. So anyone can do the treatment and go to an event same day.  No swelling, peeling, or redness. Traditional protocols on this device do have social downtime from 3-5 days or more. 

Adam Gropper, MD
Aventura Radiologist

1540 Non-ablative fraxel laser- minimal downtime


Swelling and sometimes blanching, is expected immediately post-treatment and generally resolves within 24-48 hours.  It may last up to 3-5 days in some clients.  

Following a more aggressive treatment it may be helpful to use some occlusive ointment on the skin after treatment during the healing process to help minimize trans-epidermal water loss which may result in significant desquamation or crusting.

To help remove debris and bronzing of skin that can appear 1 to 4 days after treatment, soak treated areas for 5 – 15 minutes with gauze or wash cloth wet with water, then gently remove debris.   Do not pick at or scrub the treated areas. 

Gentle cleansing and use of non-irritating cosmetic are permitted after treatment, it is suggested that retinoids be discontinued 1-2 weeks prior to the initial treatment and throughout the course of treatment.

In our practice we apply products that have growth factors that further helps healing and promotes collagen production.  Good Luck.

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Downtime for 1540 Laser - very mild

The downtime is similar to a mild sunburn, some pinkness and mild swelling.  It lasts about 2 weeks on the face and takes about 2 months on the chest.  It is not painful.  The pink face is easy to cover with foundation, so it helps if you are normally a make up wearer.  There is no wound care necessary.  Remember it will take several treatment sessions to get results you'll be happy with.   Best regards, Marla Klein MD

Marla M. Klein, MD
Lake Oswego Dermatologic Surgeon
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