It is no secret that people care about how they look and that looking young is always in fashion. This is why getting plastic surgery is more popular than ever. In 2012, there were 1.1 million chemical peels performed in the United States. In 2014, there were 1.8 million Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Perlane, Restylane) treatments were done. People between 40 and 59 are the ones getting Botox treatments to look younger. Another procedure that is very popular is laser skin resurfacing.
Laser skin resurfacing is a great way to look younger without undergoing any kind of surgery. It is often called a non-surgical facelift. The treatment works on the layer of collagen that is under the upper skin (epidermis) to spur new collagen to be produced. This is what makes people look younger.
What You Can Expect After the Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure:
- Expect some discomfort. Immediately after you have the laser skin resurfacing done, the skin that was treated my itch or hurt and there may be some swelling. There are a lot of factors that impact how your skin will react, there are several options when it comes to this kind of procedure. Many people look like they have some degree of sunburn but this varies from person to person. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor about what is happening.
- Do not scratch! You can take an anti-inflammatory medication such as naproxen sodium (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil) for any pain and swelling. Cool or ice packs may be able to help as well. If you feel itching, do not scratch it. Your skin is going to be very sensitive and this can damage it. Your doctor will probably apply an ointment and dressing to the treated skin.
- Be careful when cleaning your skin. After the laser skin resurfacing treatment, your skin will be incredibly sensitive for a period of time. You should take a lot of care when cleaning it. Use your best judgement and talk to your doctor or the medical staff if you have concerns about using your normal cleanser.
- You may be asked to use a different kind of cleanser. Often people who undergo a laser skin resurfacing treatment are advised to wash the skin several times a day with with either a vinegar and water mix or some sort of saline solution. This is to both keep the skin from drying out and will help rid the skin of dead skin cells and dirt. You may also be asked to use a good moisturizer such as Aquaphor. It is very important to keep the treated skin hydrated.
- Take extra care of your skin when you go into the sun. Sunscreen should be a part of anyone’s daily regimen if they want to keep their skin looking young and fresh but that becomes more important after a laser skin resurfacing treatment. This kind of procedure leaves the skin much more sensitive to damage from the sun. For a period of time after your treatment, you should avoid sun exposure as much as you can. Once you do start going out, you should pick a sunscreen with an sun protective factor (SPF) of 30 or more and it should block both UVA and UVB rays. Remember that if you are going to be in the sun for awhile, you will need to reapply it every two hours. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your skin even more.
- If you are prescribed an antibiotic, take it. Some people are given antibiotics to reduce the chance that they develop an infection, which sometimes can happen after a laser resurfacing procedure. If you have concerns about health issues that you have had, you should bring them up with the people at the laser skin resurfacing center.
Laser skin resurfacing is a great way to get your skin back to a state it was in when you were younger. It is a non-surgical procedure that is effective and very popular. If you are looking for a way to turn back the clock for your skin and do not want surgery, this may be a good option for you.