If you are dealing with a lack of self esteem due to signs of aging or scars across your face or skin, then laser skin resurfacing might be the perfect solution for you. By removing the tops few layers of your skin, the new skin cells that form during the healing process will give you a smoother and younger looking complexion. However, as one of the most crucial parts of the process, it’s important to know how to properly recover from this type of procedure. Read on to learn more about how to take care of your skin during recovery.
1. Apply Ointment
24 hours after you receive your laser skin resurfacing treatment, you can finally remove the bandages and start applying a thick ointment over the affected areas. Try to use an ointment that is thick in consistency and that contains plenty of moisture such as a petroleum jelly like vaseline. Apply the ointment to your skin around 4-5 times a day— this ointment will help to reduce scarring and should help to speed up the recovery process as well.
2. Use a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
After laser skin resurfacing, your skin will likely feel fairly raw and sensitive. During the healing process, it’s important to allow your skin to properly recover without exposing it to harsh elements like the sun. However, because you can’t stay cooped up in your house forever, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen across your face before heading outside— even if you’ll be in your car the whole time. A broad spectrum sunscreen will help to shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
3. Elevate Your Head During Sleep
Many patients suffer from facial swelling after this procedure, especially around the eyes. In order to help minimize the appearance of swelling, try elevating your head during sleep at night by using two pillows to prop you up.
The recovery process of laser skin resurfacing is one of the most important steps of the entire process. From applying ointment to sleeping with your head elevated, these steps will help you to heal faster and feel more comfortable doing so. To learn more about laser skin resurfacing, contact our office today!