SmartXide Dot CO2 laser skin-resurfacing treatment for the full face on aggressive settings. How long does it take to recover?

More especially the swelling of the face and the grid marks on the chest.

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SmartXide DOT laser

Most patients will have a brown discolouration for 5 to 6 days after their SmartXide DOT CO2 laser treatment.  It is important to keep the area well-lubricated during this time.  Once the brown sloughs off, the skin is quite red, fading to pink over 2 weeks, but it may take longer in a fair-skinned individual.  It is important to take anti-viral medication for at least one week, starting 2 days before the treatment, and sun avoidance is mandatory. 

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