Are you considering fractional laser resurfacing but do not know what to expect during recovery?
Understanding the recovery process after fractional laser therapy is important for achieving the best possible results. This article will walk you through what to expect throughout the recovery process and how to care for your skin after treatment, from the early healing period to long-term aftercare.
Redness and Swelling
After fractional laser resurfacing, it is common to experience redness and swelling in the treated area. This can last several days and is a normal part of the healing process. Applying ice packs or cold compresses can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
Peeling and Flaking
During the healing process of the treated area, the skin may peel off due to the replacement of new and healthy skin. It is important not to pick or scratch it, as this can lead to scarring or infection.
The skin may be more sensitive to the sun after fractional laser resurfacing. To protect the skin from dangerous UV rays, avoid direct sun exposure and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
It is important to avoid scratching or rubbing the treated area when it feels itchy because it is sensitive while healing. It can cause damage to new skin cells and delay the healing process.
Dryness and Tightness
The treated area may feel dry and tight as it heals. Applying a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer that won’t irritate the skin can help soothe the skin and prevent excessive dryness.
Avoiding Certain Products and Treatments
During recovery, it is important to avoid certain skincare products with exfoliants or retinoids and treatments like chemical peels that can irritate the skin or interfere with the healing process.
Most patients must schedule follow-up appointments with their dermatologist or aesthetician to monitor the healing process and ensure optimal results. These appointments may include skin assessments, skincare recommendations, and additional treatments as needed.
Following all post-treatment guidelines advised by your dermatologist or aesthetician is important to ensure a good recovery from fractional laser treatment. This may include avoiding excessive exercise or activities that cause sweating and not smoking or drinking alcohol. When outside, it is also necessary to avoid direct sun exposure and to wear protective clothing and sunscreen.
The results of a fractional laser resurfacing procedure can vary depending on the individual’s skin type, the severity of the condition being treated, and the number of treatments received. Patients should generally expect to observe skin tone, texture, and overall appearance improvements within a few weeks to several months after treatment.
By understanding what to expect, you can prepare yourself for recovery and ensure you get the most out of your fractional laser resurfacing treatment.
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