CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is an ablative cosmetic procedure used for treat various skin irregularities, including acne scars and pigmentation problems. Dermatologists also use this skin resurfacing technique to eliminate mild to moderate facial wrinkles. But being in ablative skin resurfacing technique, CO2 lasers would make your skin temporarily unpresentable. Your skin will get worse and worse for a couple of weeks before it will begin to heal. Expect to have visible redness on the treated areas for several months even after the flakiness has gone away. However, once the skin has completely healed you can effectively conceal it with the help of makeup. Full results of the CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be seen after the redness goes away.
To get the most out of laser resurfacing it is important that you prepare yourself for the treatment as well as recovery well before undergoing the procedure. Your dermatologist will prescribe you skin applications that you will have to use before and after laser resurfacing. These prescription medications mostly include skin lightening creams as Retin-A. Preparing your skin for the procedure will not only help you through recovery, allowing you to heal faster, but will also minimize your chances of developing any side effects, like skin discoloration. Start using these skin bleaching applications 4 to 6 weeks before your appointment.
Fractional CO2 Laser treatment are quite painful therefore the procedure is mostly performed under general anaesthesia. Nevertheless, it is an outdoor procedure and you will have to leave the hospital after the procedure. So, arrange to have someone who will drive you home after the treatment, as you will be unable to drive after general anaesthesia.
Expect to experience some pain for the first few days after the procedure. Take the pain relieving medications as directed by your dermatologist to minimize any discomfort. If you still experience pain then contact your physician.
Your clinician will also prescribe you some antibiotic ointment that you will have to apply several times a day to ensure fast healing. Reapply the cream after washing your face. Furthermore, always use cool water and your doctor’s prescribed face wash to rinse your face.
Your face will be a bit swollen and bruised after the treatment. Cool compressions can help reduce swelling and may also help relieve discomfort caused by crusting of skin.
Avoid sun exposure as your skin heals. Do not go out during peak hours (between 10am and 4pm). If necessary wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 45 or above. Apply sunscreen to the treated areas even during overcast conditions as well.