Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone. Fractional Lasers break up the laser energy into thousands of tiny beams to treat only a fraction of the skin in the area, which reduces downtime.
How long does it take for the skin to heal after the treatment?
The downtime is typically a week. During the first two days, you can expect redness and swelling (like a sunburn), then between days three to five, your skin will start to roughen up and peel.
Day Of the treatment:
- Keep treated areas covered with topical ointment/cream as instructed by physician.
- Apply cooling compresses. Note: do not apply ice directly to skin
- If desired, you may spray water mist on skin using distilled or spring water.
- May take an analgesic (e.g., Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen) for discomfort.
Post treatment care:
- Avoid direct sunlight and keep skin moist and cool to aid healing.
- Avoid environmental irritants during healing process (e.g., dust, dirt, aerosols, cleaning agents).
- Avoid dryness and excessive heat
- Redness and a sunburn-type sensation will normally last several hours.
- Neck redness is more persistent and will usually last several days longer than face redness.
- Face will normally bronze and peel within 3-5 days