Laser resurfacing is an effective way to re-texture the pores and skin, enhance traces and wrinkles and even easy out pimples scars. Nevertheless it does require some downtime and a dedication to spending a number of days caring on your pores and skin after the process. Relying on what we’re treating, we are able to alter the depth of the resurfacing remedy. Typically, deeper resurfacing procedures can require as much as two weeks of downtime, however lighter remedies and Profractional remedies require a lot much less.
Right here, our three prime ideas for Laser Resurfacing Aftercare.
Use a dilute vinegar resolution to cleanse the pores and skin.
Instantly after laser resurfacing, your pores and skin shall be crimson, and should even have small areas of pinpoint bleeding. As you heal over the subsequent few days, these areas of pinpoint bleeding will grow to be small crusts because the pores and skin repairs itself. It’s so essential to be mild along with your pores and skin at this stage of the method. We advocate setting apart all your regular skincare merchandise for the primary 48 hours, and utilizing a dilute resolution product of white vinegar in your pores and skin a number of instances a day. Mixing collectively a small quantity of vinegar in a bigger quantity of distilled water creates an answer that’s antimicrobial, and can gently soften and take away the crust out of your pores and skin. You’ll be able to pour some onto a clear gauze, or put it right into a clear spray bottle and spray straight onto your pores and skin, earlier than gently patting with gauze.
About 48 hours after the resurfacing remedy, you possibly can cease utilizing this vinegar primarily based resolution and start utilizing a delicate cleanser, like CLARA’s Clear + Calm Extremely Mild Cleanser. After every cleanse, it is best to apply a protecting therapeutic ointment like Aquaphor to revive the pores and skin’s barrier whereas it’s therapeutic. As soon as all crusting is gone you possibly can swap again to your common moisturizer.
Keep away from the solar!
We at all times advocate being cautious about solar publicity, however after laser resurfacing, it’s essential keep away from the solar prefer it’s your job (it’s). Keep indoors if attainable, and in case you have to be outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF >30. Ideally this sunscreen could be a mix of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which give essentially the most broad-spectrum safety in opposition to ultraviolet radiation, and are additionally essentially the most mild (and least irritating) substances to make use of on post-procedure pores and skin. A sunscreen with tint additionally comprises iron oxide, which protects the pores and skin in opposition to harm from seen gentle – seen gentle is now recognized to be a serious contributor to pigmentation within the pores and skin. We formulated our Solar Defend Tinted Sunscreen to fulfill all of those standards.
Bear in mind to layer your solar safety. Put on SPF, put on a hat with a brim that shields your face, and likewise select to be within the shade as a lot as attainable. All of those measures work collectively to greatest shield your recent, new pores and skin from the solar’s rays.
Be affected person.
Laser resurfacing has two “phases” of therapeutic. The primary stage is essentially the most seen, fast therapeutic after the process, when your pores and skin is crimson, and crusty, and delicate. This stage lasts from just a few days as much as two weeks relying on the depth of the resurfacing. After this primary therapeutic stage, pores and skin will look recent and brilliant, and can really feel extra easy.
The second stage of therapeutic is the collagen and elastin regeneration part, and this stage is just not apparent when wanting on the pores and skin from the skin. Over the weeks to months following remedy, new collagen shall be created and laid down within the pores and skin, offering extra assist and construction, and smoothing out and filling in traces and scars. We prefer to see our sufferers again a number of months after laser resurfacing, at which era we are able to evaluate earlier than and after images and actually see the distinction within the pores and skin! The outcomes are well worth the wait!