How Soon Can I Use Makeup After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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Are you ready for facial rejuvenation? Laser skin resurfacing is an effective option to reduce problems, like wrinkles and acne scars. Dr. Padma's Aesthetics offers the advanced Cynosure's Icon™ Aesthetics System so you can achieve refreshed and younger-looking skin in East Greenbush, NY.

While you will look great, you may be wondering how to take care of your skin after your appointment. Board-certified internal medicine physician Padma Sripada has provided guidelines and recommendations to keep in mind after laser procedures. This includes when to return to normal activities, like using facial scrubs, spending time in the sun, and wearing makeup products.

How facial rejuvenation works

Laser treatments are a great way for men and women to treat sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, or pigmentation concerns. During a consultation, we personalize your procedure based on your skin condition and cosmetic goals. Please let us know if you have a personal history of chronic acne, rosacea, or any other concerns that could be triggered by heat. We may prescribe retinoids for 2 – 3 weeks to prepare for effective results. On the day of your procedure, we simply pass a laser handpiece over your facial skin.

What happens immediately after treatment

If you decide to undergo skin resurfacing, our laser destroys the top layer of skin to encourage natural collagen and elastin production. Afterward, the team at Dr. Padma's Aesthetics will apply a soothing serum to relieve any side effects. This may include redness, irritation, and swelling. You might reduce swelling with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Symptoms should subside in just a few days. Patients should also expect peeling over the following 3 – 5 days. Once the skin crusts and flakes away, your complexion will seem more rejuvenated.

Laser skin resurfacing aftercare tips

Make the most of your laser skin resurfacing procedure by following these simple aftercare tips. Contact our staff if you have any questions or concerns. We help you enjoy a problem-free recovery in East Greenbush, NY:

  • Avoid hot temperatures: exposing your skin to hot temperatures could cause tissue damage. This rule includes hot showers, saunas, and steam rooms. Wash your skin and shower with lukewarm water instead.

  • Clean your skin: our team can give you a personalized cleaning routine. Try using a mild cleanser for sensitive skin. Avoid washing your face with any harsh chemicals, scrubs, or exfoliants.

  • Hydrate your skin: a gentle moisturizer can help with side effects, like redness and dryness. We can let you know what products to use after your laser skin resurfacing treatment.

  • Avoid sun exposure: avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds for at least several weeks after laser treatment. UV exposure delays your natural healing process and damages your skin. Use a high SPF sunscreen when spending time outdoors.

  • Go natural: makeup can invite unwanted bacteria into your freshly treated skin. Avoid makeup and other cosmetics for at least several days while your skin heals. Remember to use a clean brush when you do return to wearing makeup!

Treat acne scars, pigmentation issues, and more

Some people are nervous about getting the treatment they want because recovery seems like a challenging process. The facial rejuvenation specialists at Dr. Padma's Aesthetics take every precaution to make sure laser skin resurfacing is as seamless as possible. Meet with board-certified internal medicine physician Padma Sripada in East Greenbush, NY to learn about our recovery guidelines for laser procedures. We make sure you get the most out of treatment!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.