Please avoid using any products that contain glycolic acids, retinol or retinoids, bleaching agents and hydroquinone for one week prior to this procedure. These products can be resumed 2 weeks post-procedure.
A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the area to be treated approximately 1 hour prior to ensure comfort during the procedure. The treatment itself will last for between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated.
As the laser moves over your skin, you will feel a prickling sensation.
Immediately after the treatment, your skin may feel as if it has been sunburnt. This feeling of ‘heat sensation’ and/or itching usually dissappears within 2-3 hours. We recommend that you apply ice packs to the treated area when you return home to help you feel more comfortable. You will notice redness and swelling commence shortly after the treatment, and this will continue for the next 24 hours. However, it is safe to drive yourself home after the treatment.
The redness and swelling may persist for 24 hours or up to a few days depending on the intensity of the treatment and the condition treated. Your skin may appear ‘bronzed’ and red for up to 14 days and sometimes redness can remain for weeks. The duration of this will depend on the intensity of your treatment and the area treated (areas away from the face, e.g., neck and décolletage, usually take longer to heal). A good mineral makeup is advised if an intensive treatment is required.
During the next stage, you may see the skin exfoliate (peel), as the dead cells are shed and are replaced by new ones. Occasionally, patients might experience crusting or blistering in some areas, particularly if the treatment has been quite aggressive. After this ‘sloughing’ is complete, the redness will gradually resolve. However, you may notice a general ‘pinkness’ for a few weeks.
Most patients will begin to see some improvement after a few days as the collagen remodels in the deep layers of the skin. This process continues over several months after the treatment, and this causes smoothing and tightening of the skin. If you elect to have a series of treatments, this gradual improvement can occur for up to a year.
Your role in an excellent result
- It is important that you follow the following care instructions in the week following your treatment:
- Icepacks on the day of treatment if needed
- Use the recommended moisturiser as often as needed
- No excessive exercise, sweating or swimming for one week
- No shaving of the treated area
- Avoid all sun exposure
Continue to avoid the products named above for a further 2 weeks
You may resume your normal daily routine the day after your treatment. However, because of your reddened face, you may prefer not to be physically present in your workplace. You may wear concealer or foundation makeup 5-7 days after treatment.