Of the 16 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures every year, about a million are from customers who had laser skin resurfacing. While the desired outcome is to reduce fine lines, scars, and wrinkles for a youthful appearance, the laser resurfacing recovery time is also important. Compared to surgical options, recovery time is shorter, but what’s the estimated recovery? Read on to find out.
Laser Resurfacing Recovery Time for Face
All cosmetic procedures are handled with care, but one should treat the face with enhanced care because it’s one of the areas of the skin that is fragile. Not long after treatment, it will feel as if you have a mild sunburn. Those with fairer skin on the Fitzpatrick scale experience this most.
You may notice redness and swelling within 5-7 days as the skin peels and gets dry. Crusts are likely to surface as well. All it to heal and refrain from touching it so the skin can heal without risk of scarring. It takes between 3-10 days for the skin to make a complete recovery for laser resurfacing on the face depending on how deep of a treatment you received.
Laser Resurfacing Recovery Time for Body
Those interested in body resurfacing may typically desire treatment on their neck and chest. Laser resurfacing for the body follows the same recovery procedures and time. Recovery time also takes 3-10 days, but it may take as long as 1-3 weeks depending on how big the area treated was and what type of laser the professional uses.
For example, ablative laser treatments may take 3 weeks and fractional CO2 treatment may take up to 2 weeks. Sublative RF treatments resurface the skin using radiofrequency. It’s the most gentle and keeps the epidermis intact making recovery time the quickest (2-7 days).
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
Post-treatment care is an important aspect of the recovery process. Be sure to:
1- Stay away from the skin or use at least an SPF 30 when outside with physical barriers (hat, mask)
2- Elevate your head with a pillow at night using another pillow
3- Apply an ice pack to the area for 15 minutes every 1-2 hours for swelling and discomfort for the first 24-48 hours.
4- Clean the area 2-5 times a day with saline or with a vinegar solution (1 tsp vinegar: 2 cups water) leaving it on the skin for 10-15 minutes.
It’s best to stay inside after a treatment, but those who want to go outside and wear makeup may also do so. However, if you must wear make-up, use something that is oil-free. If possible, refrain from going to areas ridden with germs such as gyms to prevent infection.
Get the Best Results with the Right Clinic
Finding experienced estheticians who know what they are doing without damaging your skin is important. Whomever you decide to get your treatment with, make sure they’re certified and expert in their field.
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