Recovery and Results
Laser resurfacing treatment recovery time varies depending on several different factors. Non-ablative treatments may not require any downtime, but ablative lasers involve a longer healing process depending on the depth of the procedure. Dr. Thompson will provide each patient with laser aftercare instructions.
Depending on the treatment, daily care may include the application of cool compresses, ice packs, healing ointment, skin soaks, avoiding heavy exercise, medication to relieve discomfort, and antihistamines to calm itching. Patients are not restricted to bed rest, but their skin may be initially red or scabbed, depending on the treatment details. Patients are to avoid makeup, sunblock, or other products besides those listed in the aftercare instructions until the doctor sees them for their follow-up appointment. Many patients modify their activities to avoid certain social situations until their skin shows improvement and the redness has faded or can be concealed with makeup.