3 Aftercare Tips for Laser Skin Resurfacing

Is your skin looking blotchy and uneven after spending too much time outside this summer? Unprotected exposure to sunlight accelerates premature aging by weakening fibers in the skin and causing excess pigment production. As collagen and elastin are two of the main building blocks of healthy, supple skin, it follows that if we can use aesthetic treatments to rebuild these two proteins, our overall skin quality will improve. One of the most effective techniques for reversing the damage caused by cumulative exposure to sunlight is laser skin resurfacing. Our Los Angeles-based Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians recommends fractionated laser resurfacing with Fraxel® DUAL laser for patients who want to reduce the appearance of signs of sun damage such as wrinkles, rough texture, hyperpigmentation, and actinic keratoses.

However, the process doesn’t end after you’ve been to our office for a laser treatment session. Patients still need about a week of a recovery time. The way patients care for their skin at home will have an impact on how quickly they heal and how satisfied they are with their results. Laser treated skin is very fragile and more susceptible to sun damage, inflammatory reactions, and infections. Follow these dermatologist-approved tips to avoid complications and optimize results from this procedure:

Less is More

Since skin is sensitive and could become easily irritated after having a laser treatment, patients should aim to keep their skincare routine as simple as possible. The goal is to soothe the skin, so you should avoid using harsh active ingredients and exfoliants.

Protect Your Skin

To shield their skin from UV rays as much as possible, patients can cover up with a hat and scarf as soon as they leave the office, as well as continue applying a physical sunscreen several times during the day even if they’re staying indoors. Ultraviolet radiation can come through windshields and windows alike.

Keep Skin Moisturized

You need to keep your skin hydrated, as moisture will be more prone to leak through the skin barrier after a treatment. Use a moisturizer that contains powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, petrolatum, vitamin E, vitamin C, ceramides, or aloe to protect the barrier.

Learn more about how laser skin resurfacing from Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team can reduce sun damage and restore smoother, clearer skin. Fill out a contact form or call us at 310-246-0495.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.


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