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.
Recommended Aftercare following Laser Resurfacing
There are many ointments and creams available to use post-laser, with the primary goal to keep the skin moist and clean. For my patients, I recommend Aquaphor after a deep laser resurfacing procedure. Usually it is used until the the skin no longer appears raw (about 5 days). This is followed by a light moisturizer (both creams and lotions are fine). After 2 weeks, I would suggest the use of a moisturizer with sunblock (of SPF 30 or above) for 3 months. Please note that the face should not be washed until 2-3 days after the procedure and only a mild, non-drying soap should be used at that time. You can then dry your skin with gentle patting (not rubbing). I hope you find this helpful. Good luck.
Post Laser Skin Resurfacing
It is very important to follow the aftercare protocols from your provider after laser skin resurfacing. I recommend Aquaphor to my patients because it has great healing properties for post-procedure skin. The ointment keeps the skin moist when reapplied often. After the epidermis has healed, the Aquaphor is substituted with less emollient agents. You should avoid the sun for one month.
Elevase Moisture Booster
Our moisturizer of choice after laser resurfacing is the Elevase Moisture Booster that contains opti-ceramides. Ceramides can strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier and are thus great for the skin after resurfacing laser.
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.
Skin care after laser resurfacing
Skin heals best when it is kept moist. The best way to accomplish that is to apply an ointment with no irritants in it, such as petroleum jelly (Vaseline) every two-three hours for three days after the procedure.
It is also extremely important to stay out of the sun while the skin is healing. The skin has very little protection after a resurfacing procedure and may be damaged more easily by ultraviolet light. In addition, exposure to the sun may lead to complications, such as hyperpigmentation.
After the skin is healed and all the scabs/crusts are gone, a good skin care regimen with a mild cleanser, a moisturizer and a retinoid cream will help maintain and improve the results of the procedure.
Stay out of the sun before and after treatment plus...
- Stay out of the sun before and after treatment plus appropriate skin protection.
- Use constant application of gentle moisturizers every couple of hours after treatments.
Aftercare depends on the type of laser treatment performed
The aftercare regimen following a laser procedure is dependent on the type of laser procedure performed. For example, after a simple procedure such as IPL, minimal to no specific aftercare is required. After a non-ablative fractionated resurfacing procedure such as Fraxel Restore or Dual, a bland ointment such as Aquaphor or Vaniply are sufficient and usually only need to be applied for several days to a week. After a non-fractionated fully ablative resurfacing procedure, a more complicated regimen consisting of ointment, vinegar soaks, prophylactic antibiotics and antivirals may be indicated.
There are two major things that need to be avoided during the post-operative period. Firstly, it is very important to refrain from picking at your skin. Secondly, excessive sun exposure during this time can result in unsightly hyperpigmentation that may take a while to fade.
The above are general guidelines. Any laser specialist at a reputable and professional establishment will give you a thorough pre-operative assessment and will then follow up with you very regularly during the immediate post-op period in order to ensure that your healing is on track and to implement any changes to the standard care routine that may be necessary based on your own individual and unique healing patterns. Hope that helps!
Skin care after laser resurfacing
Laser resurfacing can be done to different depths of penetration. Because of the different depth, different skin care protocols are necessary. The main goals of the skin care is to keep the skin moist and clean to help it grow healthy.
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.
Hope this helps