Laser Therapy for Acne - Preparation, Procedure & Recovery

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In order to have the best experience of laser therapy it is helpful to have a thorough understanding of the procedure. Knowing what to expect and how to look after your skin before and after treatment can make the experience a lot less stressful and can improve our chances of seeing good results from the therapy.

Preparation for Laser Therapy

There is no necessary preparation for acne laser therapy. However, it may be helpful to avoid direct sunlight buy using a high factor sun cream.

Laser Therapy Procedure

Laser therapy is a reasonably quick and easy process. Before your treatment your practitioner should go through how the procedure will go and make sure you understand any potential risks involved in the process. Once your practitioner has made sure that you are comfortable and happy with what is going to happen you will be shown to a comfortable chair where the procedure will be performs. You will be given dark glasses to wear is that your eyes are protected and when you are ready your practitioner will begin the treatment.

The treatment consists of a laser being flashed onto your acne. As it does this you may experience some slight discomfort but most people report that it is tolerable. If you want you can have local anaesthetic applied to your skin before the procedure is carried out to minimise the pain. Once the laser therapy is complete, your dark glasses will be removed and you will be given information about how to look after your skin as it recovers. You will also possibly discuss when you will need to return for further treatment.

You are free to leave as soon as you are comfortable.

Recovery from Laser Therapy for Acne

There is very little in the way of aftercare for laser therapy. This is one of its selling points. The single very important thing is to keep your skin away from sunlight for at least 24 hours after treatment. It is recommended that you wear a high factor sun cream every day to avoid the harmful effects of UV.

After treatment you may experience some swelling or reddening of the skin, which can cause irritation. Things like hot baths (and other steamy environments) swimming or intense exercise may make this worse. You can avoid this by steering clear of these things for the first 5 days after treatment.

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