Laser Skin Resurfacing Aftercare at Home

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It is important that you follow any advice given to your by your surgeon or doctor following your laser skin resurfacing.  They will provide you with some practical steps to take to ensure that your skin heals as well as possible and provides you with the best results possible.  These measures include:

  • Wearing a high factor sun-cream for at least one month following your laser treatment.  The sunlight can seriously damage the new skin revealed by the process, and might lead to sunspots or further harm from occurring.  It would also be a good idea to keep out of the light as much as possible, and wear a large hat to keep the sun off your face.
  • Continually moisturising.  Keeping your skin moist will encourage the healing process and allow your skin to quickly heal. 
  • Taking anti-viral and anti-bacterial medication is often advised to prevent any infections from setting in, and to reduce the chance of any dormant.
  • Keeping the area clean.  It is important that you keep cleaning the treated area to prevent any infections and to help the area to heal well.
  • Immediately after the procedure you will not be able to drive, so it is a good idea to have someone ready to help you get about and at home for a couple of days.
  • Anaesthetic affects your ability to co-ordinate and reason, therefore it is important that you follow your practitioners advice and don’t drive, drink alcohol, operate large machinery.  You will need to take it easy for a few days afterwards.
  • If scabs appear it is important not to pick them, but to leave them to drop off naturally. 

Following these guidelines will ensure that your skin has the best chance to properly heal and produce the best results.  There may be additional steps for you to follow, your practitioner will talk you through these and answer any questions that you might have about your recovery.

If at any point you are concerned about your skins’ recovery, or if you think that you might have an infection or a reaction to the treatment, it is important to seek medical advice as early as possible.  Antibiotics can quickly treat small infections, but large ones can cause long lasting and sometimes irreversible damage. 

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