There is no greater non-surgical means of skin rejuvenation than a good old fashioned CO2 laser treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing using CO2 energy has long been regarded as the gold standard for non-surgical wrinkle correction, smoothing rough skin texture, lessening the appearance of scars and for repairing the signs of sun damage.
The best part is the old fashioned laser treatment is now newly fashioned using the same gold standard of CO2 energy but delivered in microscopic beams of light. Only tiny portions of the skin receive the light which shortens the amount of time you need to heal. The new generation of CO2 lasers are considered fractional lasers.
Still, healing from a fractional laser treatment such as the Lumenis Active and Total FX or Fraxel Repair requires adherence to a few post op guidelines. With your attention to these 10 tips of post laser healing, your results will be maximized and your return to daily activities with a beautiful new complexion just days away.
- Apply a bland ointment (such as Aquaphor) to prevent direct contact between the treated skin and the air. The ointment will minimize the sensation of pain and burning.
- Use a chilled diluted vinegar solution in a spray bottle. The cool mist is soothing to the skin and the diluted vinegar makes the skin less sensitive and quells itchiness.
- Wash with tepid water and a gentle cleanser 3 times per day starting the day after treatment and reapply the ointment after for at least 4 days.
- You may shower, but avoid hot water and steam on the treated area.
- Do not pick. Allow skin to gently exfoliate with the washing process. No scrubbing or pulling at loose skin.
- Sleeping with your head elevated will help minimize swelling.
- When your treatment provider advises, apply sunblock of 30+ SPF.
- Wear a protective hat to fully shield your face for at least 2 weeks while outdoors.
- Avoid dirty, dusty environments, hairsprays, perfumes, etc. while the skin is healing.
- Mineral based makeup may be applied when the skin is healed.
Have you had a laser procedure? Did you find the healing period manageable? Do you have any other tips for successful healing? Changes Plastic Surgery would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment or suggestion.