How to Recover From Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

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Fractional CO2 lasers are the latest and efficient tools in skin resurfacing procedures. A CO2 laser beam is fractionated into thousands of small particles of light. The fractionated tiny particles will penetrate deep into the layers of skin. The skin heals by pushing out these small particles 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 your skin still needs time to recover. Insignificant downtime is required, depending upon the individual needs 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 some common tips to help you avoid infections and recover fast.

Tips for Quick Recovery

We have jotted down some major instructions that are necessary to follow for smooth and quick recovery.

Cold Compresses

Ice packs are vital to relieving any discomfort or burning sensations in the initial days of the procedure. Wrap frozen peas in a damp cloth and apply them 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.

Hygienic Conditions

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.

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You must avoid any lotion that contains acetyl alcohol because your skin has become more sensitive. Using such lotions can lead you to irritation or allergies. Use cleansers prescribed by your doctor for cleaning your face to avoid any reaction or allergies. Use the Skin Care regimen that is recommended by your doctor to trigger the healing process.

Follow-up Appointment

Don’t forget to have a follow-up check-up with your doctor at the prescribed time. Rarely, any patient gets an infection. But if you get any, it should be treated quickly to avoid scarring. If you feel symptoms of any complications, share them with your doctor straight away.


Providing the best quality treatment is the job of your dermatologist but maintaining the desired results with proper aftercare is your responsibility. You can never recover fast if you don’t follow the post-treatment instructions provided by the doctor. That is why it is necessary to prioritize the recovery phase. If you are looking for a clinic to get fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing then Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic is the best option for you.