If you suffer from wrinkles, scars, or blemishes, then you may benefit from laser skin resurfacing. During this rejuvenating treatment, a laser is used to remove the outer layer of skin and to heat the underlying tissues to stimulate the growth of healthy new skin cells. After any laser skin rejuvenation, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for recovery. Take a look at the following tips that can help ease your recovery after ablative laser resurfacing.
- Rinse Your Skin
It is important to cleanse the treated area several times a day to help prevent bacterial infections. Your plastic surgeon may instruct you to rinse with cold water or prescribe a saline solution for you to use. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding the number of times you should rinse your skin each day.
- Apply Ointment
After your skin rejuvenation treatment is complete, your skin care specialist will apply a medicated ointment to the treated area that will protect your skin and keep it moisturized. It is important to reapply this ointment each day as directed by your provider.
- Avoid Scented Products
Scented products, including moisturizers, perfumes, and soaps, can irritate your skin after treatment and inhibit healing. It is best to avoid these products, as well as cosmetic powders, until your skin has healed.
- Protect Your Skin
The new skin that emerges after laser resurfacing treatment tends to be very sensitive, so it is important to wear sunscreen each day. Your skin care specialist can provide specific instructions on the SPF you should look for when choosing a sunscreen.
At Mesna Plastic Surgery, we offer laser resurfacing treatments that meet each patient’s needs. To learn more about skin rejuvenation or to schedule a treatment consultation, call Mesna Plastic Surgery today at (612) 284-8672.