Depending on the type of laser and size of the area that needs treatment, the doctor may use local anesthesia or sedation.
For non-ablative laser resurfacing, the course of treatment may be divided into several appointments.
After the Procedure
An ablative laser often results in itchy, swollen, and raw skin, so the doctor may cover the area with a thick ointment and dressing. They might also give you painkillers and ask you to use cool compresses. During this time, it’s best to avoid skincare products and activities that might irritate the skin, such as swimming.
Nonablative laser surfacing needs less recovery time, and you typically can resume your normal activities right after. There might be some swelling and redness, but often, a cool compress would suffice as a treatment.
Since each person is different, you must listen to the dermatologist’s instructions for the aftercare of the treated skin.
Laser resurfacing uses intense laser beams to promote collagen growth and help achieve newer, smoother, and tighter skin. However, this procedure is not for everyone. If you’re interested, please discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor first.
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