Laser resurfacing is a procedure that Dr. Thomas F. Crais likes to use in order to help remove fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and get rid of blemishes such as sunspots or light acne scars. By creating small microscopic holes all across your face, laser resurfacing causes your skin to start the immediate healing process which in turn creates more youthful looking skin without the appearance of as many blemishes. In order to fully get the best results from laser resurfacing however, it’s important to know how to properly recover. Read on to learn more.
Use Ice Packs
After laser resurfacing, your skin will likely be red, swollen, and a bit tender to the touch. In order to help ease not only the discomfort that you may be feeling but to also help with any inflammation that you may be suffering from, apply some ice packs to your skin directly after the procedure. Leave the packs on your skin for about 5 minutes at a time and then reapply every few hours or as needed.
Avoid the Sun
If you have plans to go skiing or do some other sort of outdoor activity following your laser resurfacing, consider waiting about a week. By making your skin a bit more sensitive, you are more likely to scar or blister if you get sunburned. If you have to do something in the sun for some reason, make sure that you cover up by using sunscreen and a hat— this will help you to avoid getting too much sun damage.
Some patients experience extra tender skin that is tender to the touch following laser resurfacing. If you notice that your skin is hurting and that it is inflamed, consider taking an over-the-counter pill such as Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen will not only help to aid with the inflammation but it will also help to treat any pain that you may be experiencing as well.
Getting laser skin resurfacing done can help you to combat fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin blemishes. However, in order to get the best results possible, it’s important that you know how to properly recover. From using ice packs to taking ibuprofen, these tips are sure to help you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Thomas F. Crais today!