Published January 25, 2024
Congratulations! You've just undergone an in-office laser treatment, which means you're now on your way to achieving smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking skin. However, the journey doesn't stop there. To ensure that you get the best possible results, you need to take care of your skin during the recovery process. In this article, Laboratoires FILORGA will provide you with expert-recommended tips on how to take care of your skin post-procedure.
MITIGATE SWELLING AND REDNESS
After an in-office laser treatment, avoid cleansing your face for at least 12 hours post-laser. Your skin will likely be dry, red, or swollen. Thus, applying a moisturizer recommended by your dermatologist can help hydrate, soothe, and protect the treated skin. Opt for a non-comedogenic moisturizer with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, ceramides, or aloe. Apply it gently and avoid excessive rubbing.
If you experience intense redness and inflammation, apply an ice pack or cool washcloth to the treated skin and take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce swelling and discomfort.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN
Stay indoors and keep your face covered as much as you can. If you venture outside, keep the treated skin covered and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect the treated skin from harmful UV rays.
AVOID EXCESSIVE HEAT AND SWEAT
Avoid exposing the treated skin to excessive heat during the recovery process. This means skipping workouts, hot showers, saunas, and steam rooms, among other heat sources, as they can cause irritation and prolong the healing process. Also, avoid using heating pads or hot water bottles on the treated skin, as it can cause burns and damage.
KEEP THE TREATED AREA CLEAN AND HYDRATED
The day after your treatment, resume cleansing your skin. It's essential to keep the treated area clean during the recovery process. Follow your dermatologist's instructions on how to wash and care for the treated skin. A gentle facial cleanser is recommended, and you should avoid hot water and scrubbing or roughly drying the treated area.
Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet during the recovery process. Water is essential to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, while a balanced diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids can help nourish your skin from the inside out. Avoid consuming alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes, as they can dehydrate your skin and delay the healing process.
RETURN TO YOUR REGULAR SKINCARE ROUTINE
After three days, your skin has started to heal and you may wear makeup. After one week, you can resume use of your pre-laser daily skincare routine.
FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR DERMATOLOGIST
Lastly, always follow the advice of your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Follow up with your dermatologist to ensure that your skin is healing correctly after the in-office laser treatment. Attend all scheduled appointments, and don't hesitate to contact your dermatologist should you experience any discomfort or side effects that concern you.