Best Skin Aftercare Following Laser Resurfacing?
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Recommended Aftercare following Laser Resurfacing
Skin Care After Laser Resurfacing
As a general rule, after laser resurfacing the skin should be kept moist until healed. We use a special type of bandage for the first 24 hours called Vigilon and then after that an ointment called Aquaphor. But each doctor probably has a particular product or regimen that they prefer. By keeping the skin moist it heals twice as quickly as letting it dry out. Its an old wives' tale that you let the air get to a wound to speed healing; its just the opposite. After the skin is healed following laser resurfacing a continuing regimen utilizing a retinoid will help stimulate further collagen deposition and improve and maintain the result.
Post Laser Skin Resurfacing
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Skin care after laser resurfacing
For microlaser peels, minimal post laser skin care is necessary. Usually Aquaphor or Vaseline for a few days followed by moisturizers and sunblock.
For deeper peels, the skin care changes over time.
Initially, you use Aquaphor or Vaseline only for 3 to 5 days. Vinegar and water are used to gently wash the skin. Afterwards, we start adding moisturizers and growth factors. A gentle soap is recommended for cleaning. You want to use sunblock as soon as possible (usually between 1 to 2 weeks after the laser).
Your doctor will explain to you the expected recovery and steps for skin care. In our office, we have a variety of skin care product we recommend for laser recovery. We individualize the skin care for each patient's skin. We also have a medical aesthetician who is helps the patients through the recovery process.
We will also recommend specific pre-laser skin care for you.
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Post Laser Skin Care
After Laser Care
My routine after a deep laser is:
- Elta cream (a Vaseline type ointment) applied immediately after the procedure, keep reapplying as it dries out until you first get in the shower
- Starting on day 2, the patient gets in the shower and gently washes the face (no soap) 4-6 times a day
- Reapply the Elta cream after each shower
- Keep this up until all the crusting, flaking and peeling is gone. This usually takes 7-10 days following a deep Erbium treatment
- Once the skin is not peeling anymore, you an apply a coverup makeup to hide some of the reddness
- Moisturize with a very hypoallergenic lotion like Cetaphil
- Keep using very mild moisturizers until the pinkness and reddness has faded (be patient as this can take weeks or even months)
Best care after laser treatments
Generally, after laser treatments, the most important thing you can do for about a week is to make sure the skin stays moist. There are a whole variety of things to do that from Vaseline to more complicated creams. About a week after treatment it’s important to start up with topical agents that maintain and further improve the results from the laser treatment. At the top of the list are products that contain glycolic acid and growth factors.
Laser Resurfacing Post Care
Laser Resurfacing Non-Ablative would be 3 to 4 days recovery and Ablative is 5 to 7 days of downtime. Many healthcare providers first recommend an occlusive barrier protection ointment that prevents the skin from drying out. Staying out of the sun would be the second most important part of your recovery. The outer layers of the skin have been compromised therefore sun exposure even for a short period of time can prolong the healing process causing the skin to stay red and inflamed while recovering. Returning to your normal skin routine such as cleanse, treat, moisturize and protect would be recommended by your healthcare provider.
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