How soon after getting a 1540 fractional laser treatment on the entire face can you workout? Major sweat and weight training.

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Working out after 1540 fractional non-ablative laser treatment

Working out and sweating should not be a problem, however, it is normal to have transient redness and swelling after your treatment.  This usually resolves in 24-48 hours but can take 3-5 days.  Bronzing, or brown debris on the surface of the skin is a side effect that usually occurs a few days after treatment.  This is normal, even desired, and will resolve over the next several days.  These side effects can cause social downtime for some patients.  In the gym, you will want to avoid anything that irritates your skin:  i.e.:  harsh cleansers, rubbing your face, using a sauna or steam bath...Your practitioner should be able to recommend a skin care regimen for you to use immediately post treatment.  As an informative side note, using any kind of systemic steroids would be considered exclusionary for anyone seeking 1540 fractional non-ablative laser treatment.


Charlotte Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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Post Treatment Care for 1540 Fraxel Laser

1540 fraxel laser is a great option to treat wrinkles, pigmentation, increase collagen production and improve skin tone and texture.  I would recommend waiting 24-48 hours before a major work out. 

Application of cool gel packs and appropriate topical creams immediately following treatment can help alleviate post treatment itchiness and stinging that may occur. Edema, and sometimes blanching, is expected immediately post-treatment and generally resolves within 24-48 hours.  It may last up to 3-5 days in some clients.   Those being  treated may experience significant redness, broken capillaries and bronzing in the treatment area for approximately 1-3 days after treatment.   This may persist in a mild form for several weeks particularly in areas other than the face.

Following a more aggressive treatment it may be helpful  to use some occlusive ointment on the skin after treatment during the healing process to help minimize trans-epidermal water loss which may result in significant desquamation or crusting.  To help remove debris and bronzing of skin that can appear 1 to 4 days after treatment, soak treated areas for 5 – 15 minutes with gauze or wash cloth wet with water, then gently remove debris.   Do not pick at or scrub the treated areas.

Good Luck.

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Downtime after laser treatment

The specific post-treatment restrictions will vary between doctors and intensity of the treatment. However, in my practice, I usually recommend 24 hours off from exercise. Take care!

Evan Ransom, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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