Best Skin Aftercare Following Laser Resurfacing?
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Recommended Aftercare following Laser Resurfacing
Post Laser Skin 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.
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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.
Best Skin Aftercare Following Laser Resurfacing
Each treating physician will have his or her preferences for post operative care depending on the patient and the type of laser performed. Immediately post laser Aquaphor and Cicalfate are commonly used. Consult with your treating physician as he or she knows the scope of the treatment and the specifics about you.
Creams and Lotions Are Sufficient
This is an excellent question. Using quality, medical grade, skin care creams, serums, and lotions after having a laser skin resurfacing treatment can help promote healing and enhance the results of your procedure. It's important to keep the skin moist during the recovery process. More important by far, however, is the use of skin care products before the procedure to precondition the skin. This results in faster healing and less chance of hyperpigmentation. At my practice, we provide a post-procedure care kit to laser skin resurfacing patients, which helps ensure a prompt and safe recovery. Once the skin is fully healed, following a daily skin care regimen is an excellent way to promote continued skin health.
Aftercare following Laser Skin Resurfacing
Because the Herpes virus can come out and infect the skin are laser treatments, I suggest using an Anti-Viral like Valtrex during the healing process.
I also like having my patients use a protocol of dilute Acetic Acid washes to clean the skin and fight infection followed by moisture trapping ointments like Aquaphor, Vaseline, or even Crisco.
After the skin is re-epithelialized, (i.e. no longer raw or weeping and instead pink and smooth) the sunblock and makeup can be used. For those at risk for hyperpigmentation, we will often have then on hydroquinones for a few months after the procedure.
I hope this was helpful.
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