softer and less wrinkled skin on healing of the wound.

Published: 04th April 2011
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Laser resurfacing of the face entails use of a beam of light radiation to deliver intense energy to specific skin areas. It is carried out in two ways; ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing.

With ablative resurfacing, the surface skin layer gets destroyed in a controlled manner wherein the lower, pink dermal layer gets exposed. The laser power is then reduced and used to heat the dermis to stimulate the growth of collagen fibers. This leads to the formation of new, softer and less wrinkled skin on healing of the wound.

In non-ablative resurfacing no skin gets destroyed. All that happens is skin gets heated up and encourages the growth of new skin. So as basically skin is burnt, lots of aftercare is required after the surgery. So here are some tips on the right after care after facial laser resurfacing.

All the treated skin has to be sprayed regularly with Aquaphor cream. The facial wounds have to also be cleaned using Cetaphil soap and cold water every six hours for the first few days, and then twice a day.

Aquaphor ointment has to be applied in large dollops to ensure the treated regions are damp. This prevents the formation of scabs later on. Despite doing this, if scabs do occur, don't rub, scrub or touch any of them.

Drink lots of fluids to help your skin heal quickly and look better. You need to drink about 8 ounces of water every 2-3 hours for the first week after surgery. If your treatment includes your mouth, take antiviral drugs like Acyclovir for five days after the laser resurfacing of your face. Also take antibiotics like Keflex for a week after the surgery. Any prescribed painkillers have to be taken for as long as they are prescribed.

Some people experience some itchiness about three days after laser resurfacing. For relief from this itching, place some cool ice packs on the treated regions. The skin may take a week or so to heal. Once it's healed, regularly apply moisturizer on the skin to keep it moist and to ensure it doesn't dry out.

Women are not advised to wear any makeup for at least a week after laser resurfacing of the skin. It only damages the recovering skin. If required, use a mineral based foundation to hide any skin redness.

Last, but not least, don't go into the sun much for at least a month after surgery as the skin is very sensitive now. It is better to wear sun tan lotion of SPF 30+ when you go out to the sun even a week after the procedure. Follow these tips after any facial skin resurfacing you undergo for a speedy and safer recovery from the procedure.

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