While we’re trying to avoid it as much as possible, there’s always a chance that your skin may be unfortunate to suffer from a thing of two, right after a laser skin treatment. But not to worry, these effects won’t last long, thanks to the superior inventions of the machine used for your skin (God bless the technology) and these pointers will certainly be handy to you to prepare for the next session.
Let’s get to the basics first, laser treatment and photo rejuvenation is not for everyone, and it make sense as this top-grade treatment is considered to be your last resort, after you’ve tried and tested with all anti-aging regime that exists and yet it still didn’t work for you.
Still, certain conditions need to be checked to ensure your skin is the perfect candidate for such treatment, and that includes; you have never had any radiation therapy to your face, pregnant or still lactating (obviously, so wait for the baby okay), having diabetes at the moment, suffering from autoimmune disorders, or have taken acne medication isotretinoin within last year.
If you don’t have these conditions, then the next pointers will be applicable to you, depending on the treatment you’ve chosen.
Ablative laser (also known as wounding) resurfacing works by removing the topmost layer of your skin, hence expect to have swelling and redness, coupled with the constant itchy feeling (as the skin starts to heal), which will be depending on the degree of the overall treatment.
Current active acne or previous skin conditions like acne rosacea may worsen (or perhaps you’ll develop a new one) and contribute to the redness, as well as your skin may develop teeny little white bumps called milia on the treated skin.
The treated skin may also change color, which can either be darker than your current skin tone (called hyperpigmentation) or can also be lighter than the present skin color (hypopigmentation). The changes may occur after a few weeks after the photo rejuvenation treatment and they may go away (though a topical application of glycolic acid can certainly help).
Infection is also possible with the most common is the flare-up of herpes, causing you to have cold sores (I’m sure you start to cringe at this point), as well as a slight risk of permanent scarring.
And this is where it looks a bit worse, if the ablative treatment is done near the eyelid, there’s a possibility that the particular eyelid can turn out, exposing the inner surface (yikes!). A surgery may be needed, and of course, talk to your doctor to minimize these odds.
Please, don’t let this make you think that ablative is impossible for you – there’s still a good chance that you can rejuvenate your skin through this treatment. The key is to seek from reputable doctors and be assured that you’re in good hands.