Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

By Dr. Suzanne Yee on February 07, 2019


Female patient wearing protective eyewear and receiving laser skin resurfacingPatients that want to improve their skin’s appearance and texture can benefit from laser skin resurfacing at our Little Rock, AR practice. This procedure can deliver smoother, younger-looking skin while eliminating the appearance of lines, wrinkles, scars, age spots, and other cosmetic flaws.

Knowing what to anticipate before, during, and after the procedure can help patients prepare for treatment. Here, our team at Dr. Suzanne Yee Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center offers tips for a comfortable and successful laser skin resurfacing recovery.

Common Side Effects

Laser skin resurfacing is generally completed as an outpatient procedure. Most often, all that is required is local anesthesia, though stronger sedatives can be provided if necessary.

Once the anesthesia wears off, most patients report a mild stinging sensation, much like a sunburn. The treated sites will likely be red and slightly swollen, and some individuals may notice some itching for a few days after the procedure.

Depending on the extent of treatment, some patients may also develop blistering or oozing. Keep in mind that these side effects are temporary, and will diminish in about five to seven days.

Other side effects may include:

  • Bumps
  • Rash
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Burning or sensitivity

Aftercare Instructions

Dr. Yee provides each patient with a comprehensive list of post-treatment guidelines. These should be followed closely to ensure a comfortable recovery. Caring for your skin is crucial during the healing time.

We recommend that you:

  • Apply recommended skin care products to the treated area as directed by Dr. Yee.
  • Clean the areas three to five times a day. This can be completed with a diluted vinegar solution or saline.
  • Use sunscreen daily. Following surgery, it is best to use a product that is specially formulated for sensitive skin.
  • Be liberal when applying moisturizer.

Please note that if you use glycolic acid products, do not resume until cleared by Dr. Yee. Typically, this can be reincorporated into your skincare regimen after about six weeks.

Tips for a Successful Recovery

In addition to the guidelines explored in the section above, there are a few other tips that can increase comfort during the healing period. For instance:

  • Apply cold compresses to the treated areas during the first 24 hours. This should be completed in 20-minute increments as often as possible.
  • Prop your head up with a pillow when laying down.
  • If you smoke, stop. Tobacco use slows the healing process and can lead to other issues.

Are There Possible Complications?

As with any medical or cosmetic treatment, there are certain complications that can occur after laser skin resurfacing. Some of these include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Cold sores
  • Acne flareups
  • Prolonged redness or swelling
  • Scarring, which is extremely rare

What Is the Total Healing Time?

While most patients will be comfortable within a few days, full recovery takes about two weeks. It is important to note, however, that the extent of your procedure will directly correlate with the length of your healing process.

During your consultation with Dr. Yee, she can offer an approximate recovery timeline.

Contact Our Practice

Are you ready to increase your confidence with smoother, healthier-looking skin? Schedule a visit with Dr. Yee at our practice. Contact us online or by calling (501) 224-1044.

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