What to Expect After Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure (Besides Radiant Skin!)
If there is one look that will never go out of style, it’s youth. That is why age-fighting treatments are more popular than ever and why the spa industry is booming. In 2014, the U.S. spa industry reported revenues of $15.5 billion and the total number of spa visits increased to 160 million. As many as 1.8 million Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Perlane, Restylane) treatments were performed that year, and the number of Americans receiving Botox injections continues to grow.
An often overlooked — but highly successful — method of diminishing the effects of aging is laser skin resurfacing. This is a great way to look younger without going under the knife. Sometimes called a non-surgical facelift, a laser skin resurfacing treatment uses a laser to penetrate the surface of the skin, stimulating new skin production. It eliminates wrinkles, fine lines, and can even be used to remove scars and acne.
What to Expect After Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Mild discomfort
Immediately following the procedure, the affected skin may feel itchy or slightly sore. You might experience some swelling. Some patients’ skin appears slightly sunburned, but the effects vary from person to person. To decrease any pain and swelling, you can take anti-inflammatory medication like Aleve or Advil. Even though you may feel itchy, under no circumstances should you scratch the area as this could easily damage your sensitive skin.
Your skin will be very sensitive for a period of time, so it is essential that you are careful when washing. Some patients are advised to use a special cleanser usually made of a mix of vinegar and water or a saline solution. This will prevent your skin from drying out and will also get rid of dead skin and dirt. It is important that you keep your skin hydrated, so doctors often recommend using a high-quality moisturizer like Aquaphor.
Experts at laser skin resurfacing centers will advise you to avoid sun exposure during the healing process. They may also prescribe you an antibiotic in order to reduce the risk of developing an infection.
The laser skin resurfacing procedure is a great non-surgical method for replenishing your skin and achieving a more youthful appearance.