Fractional CO2 lasers are the most latest and efficient technique in skin resurfacing procedure. CO2 laser beam is fractionated into thousands of small particles of light. The fractionated tiny particles will penetrate into the deep layers of skin. The skin heals by pushing out these small particle of light and the damaged skin layers which is replaced by the fresh, smooth and lighter skin.
Although, fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure but your skin still needs time to recover. Insignificant downtime is required, depending upon the individual need and condition. After your treatment is completed, you will be given a list of instructions by your doctor on how you should take care of the treated skin based on your individual condition. However, there are general tips to avoid infections and help you recover fast.
Use ice packs are vital to relieve any discomfort or burning sensations in initial days of the procedure. Wrap frozen peas in a damp cloth and apply on the treated area.
Elevate your Head
You may experience swelling for two to three days after the procedure. Elevating your head by using an extra pillow at night would help reduce swelling.
Avoid Sun Exposure
After you have completed the procedure of fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, your skin will become sensitive for initial days. You must protect your skin from sun exposure to avoid any damage or discoloration. Wear a strong sunscreen, recommended by your dermatologist.
Please do not compromise on your hygiene. Unhygienic conditions may lead to bacterial infections which can cause scarring or other problems.
Do Not Pick your Skin
You may experience irritation or your skin may become rough and crusty, do not pick it! This is temporary, it will settle naturally.
You must avoid any lotion that contains acetyl alcohol because your skin has become more sensitive which can lead to irritation or allergies. Use prescribed cleansers by your doctor to clean your face to avoid any reaction or allergies. Use skin care regimen that is recommended by your doctor to trigger the healing process.
Don’t forget to have a follow-up check up with your doctor at the prescribed time. Rarely, any patients gets an infection, it should be treated quickly to avoid scarring. If you feel symptoms of any complications, share with your doctor straight away.