Is it normally to have painfully swollen eyelids 4 days after procedure, as wells swollen and tight-feeling face even though half of the brown layer has already peeled off (leaving very pink skin underneath)? When will swelling decrease?
Four days post laser resurfacing I have painfully swollen eyelids; face is swollen (peeling now). (photo)
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ICE and sleeping with a few pillow to decrease swelling after laser
Swelling after resurfacing laser
The swelling should start decreasing after the 4th day. head elevation, icing, anti-inflammatories could be alternative methods to accelerate the healing processFinally, make sure that your doctor is aware of your process. He should be able to guide you best in your care.
Wishing you the best in your journey
Post Laser Resurfacing
Swelling varies with each patient. Icing the eyes will help reduce swelling. Make sure there is a towel in between the ice and your face. You do not want the ice to rest directly on the skin. Also, sleeping with some elevation will help as well. Some of our patients take tylenol extra strength when it gets painful. Contact your treating physician if OTC medications are not relieving the pain. It's important to keep your face moisturized as well. It will feel really tight if it's dry.
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It is normal to have swelling and tenderness at this point in the healing process. I agree that your skin appears too dry in the photo. I normally suggest Aquaphor or Elta Moisturizer for the 1st week to ten day. I also normally suggest 1 cup of cool water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to help ease the initial "hot" feeling you have and it will also help to exfoliate the dead skin a little quicker. However, you need to moisturize well after the vinegar as it tends to dry the skin out a bit. Moisturizing should be your main concern at this time. It looks like you should have an amazing result soon with continued improvement over the next few months.
Healing after laser resurfacing
Lubrication with Aquaphor or Vaseline and vinegar soaks will improve your comfort. The peeling process appears to be progressing nicely and should be complete in a day or two. I agree with previous answers that the skin looks very dry and needs lubrication. The swelling gradually decreases over 1-2 weeks. You will enjoy your rejuvenated skin very soon!
Post laser resurfacing
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