Apr 20 2015

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery: What You Can Expect

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery - Stonington CT

A woman in a white roomDr. Duke in Stonington, CT reviews care of the skin following laser skin resurfacing.  Patients of Dr. Daniella Duke in Mystic know that they can count on her and her team to provide excellent cosmetic dermatology and skin care services. This includes fractional laser skin resurfacing to rejuvenate the face.

We'd like to consider some of the basics of laser skin resurfacing right now, with a special focus on the recovery process.

How Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

During fractional laser skin resurfacing, a safe and precise laser is used to administer pulses of high-energy light to the skin. This light produces heat and helps remove thin layers of the topmost layer of skin. Hundreds of microscopic dots are carefully placed on the skin surface. The depth, diameter, and number of dots can be customized to match your skin issue and type. As your skin heals, the new skin that grows to replace the previous layer of skin is softer, smoother, and generally free from lines and blemishes.

What to Expect After Laser Skin Resurfacing

After laser skin resurfacing, it's not uncommon for patients to experience sensations as if they've had a mild sunburn. The facial skin will appear red, tender, and swollen, and patients will feel some degree of facial discomfort, typically stinging and itchiness.

How long does the recovery process take?

This depends on the size of the treatment area. Typically the recovery process can last a couple of days to a week or so, but your specialist will discuss the recovery time with you in greater detail during your visit.

Do NOT Scratch or Pick at Your Treated Skin

Hundreds of little dots form following laser skin resurfacing, which is normal given the nature of the treatment. No matter what, do not pick at your skin or scratch your skin as you are healing since this can result in scarring.

Rinse Your Face Regularly

An ideal way to avoid infection of the skin and to address crusting that forms on the treated portions of the face is to rinse regularly several times a day--with a special mixture reviewed by Dr Duke on the day of your treatment. After the "soak", a bland ointment is applied to encourage new skin cells to grow.

Managing Pain and Discomfort

Pain medication is usually not required for these procedures. The skin feels like a sunburn for several hours. Ice relieves this sensation, and brings down any possible swelling.

Reducing Swelling of the Face

Cold compresses are an ideal option for reducing swelling and also alleviating some pain of the face. Be sure to follow your skin care specialist's instructions with regard to the application of cold compresses and how long they can remain in place.

Avoid Exposure to the Sun as Much as Possible

Sun exposure can do damage to your skin as it heals, so it's a good idea to stay out of the sun as much as possible as you are recovering. Schedule the appointment when you know you will both not be tan for the procedure, and not be outside directly after the procedure. The skin does not stay sensitive to the sun forever--just immediately following the treatment.

Attend All Followup Visits with Your Cosmetic Skin Care Specialist

Followup visits will be planned in order to monitor how you are recovering and the appearance of your skin. Be sure to attend all of these visits as scheduled so that you can have any issues with your wellness addressed as soon as possible.

Learn More Laser Skin Resurfacing

For more information about laser skin resurfacing and how it can help you have a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and dermatology center today. Coastal Dermatology is located in Mystic, CT--which is part of Stonington, CT and is near Groton, New London, and Norwich CT. Mystic also is the closest Connecticut town to Westerly Rhode Island. Dr. Duke and the entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing your goals and needs in greater detail.

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