Should I Avoid The Sun After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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Regardless of whether or not you’ve recently had a professional skin rejuvenation treatment, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is always a good idea. Sun exposure and tanning beds not only damage the skin from within, but are also responsible for speeding up the progression of facial aging and causing lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and other imperfections. After most professional skin treatments, including laser skin resurfacing, avoiding sun exposure becomes even more essential in order to protect your delicate, healing tissues, prevent skin damage, and encourage gorgeous, long-lasting results.

Learn more about the exciting benefits of laser skin resurfacing with board-certified physician Dr. Padma Sripada at Dr. Padma’s Aesthetics in East Greenbush, NY, and review helpful information on what to expect and how to protect your skin after treatment.

What does laser skin resurfacing do?

Sometimes called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing provides a number of rejuvenating benefits for patients with a wide variety of concerns. At Dr. Padma’s Aesthetics, our award-winning team is proud to offer advanced laser skin resurfacing with Cynosure's Icon™ Aesthetics System for comprehensive treatment and stunning results. Some of the most common skin concerns that can be effectively treated with laser skin resurfacing include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dull skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dark spots
  • Age spots
  • Sun spots
  • Rough skin texture
  • Acne scarring
  • Stretch marks

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

To prepare for your laser skin resurfacing treatment in East Greenbush, Dr. Padma may recommend that you begin using retinoids about 2 – 3 weeks in advance. On the day of your treatment, a topical anesthetic will be applied to minimize any discomfort, and you will relax in one of our private treatment rooms. Your provider will then pass the laser handpiece over the skin’s surface to remove the damaged layer and stimulate new, healthy collagen and cell growth.

What will my face look like after laser skin resurfacing?

Almost immediately after a laser skin resurfacing session, patients should expect some amount of redness, swelling, and irritation. These symptoms typically resolve within just 2 – 3 days, and over-the-counter medications can provide relief. Over the next several days, the skin will begin to peel and flake, revealing the healthy layer of skin beneath. During this time, it is important to protect your skin and avoid picking at the shedding layers.

How to care for your skin after a laser peel

After laser skin resurfacing, patients should follow Dr. Padma’s laser peel recovery guidelines closely. These include:

  • Do not pick at flaking skin
  • Avoid wearing makeup for several days
  • Avoid direct sun exposure
  • Wear a high SPF sunscreen when going outside
  • Keep the skin moisturized
  • Avoid exfoliants, scrubs, or harsh cleansers

Why do I have to avoid the sun after laser resurfacing?

UV rays, including those from tanning beds and the sun itself, are extremely harmful to the skin. After a laser skin treatment, when the skin is in a healing phase and is particularly delicate, avoiding UV exposure becomes even more critical. Not only can sun exposure after laser skin resurfacing delay the healing process, but it can also damage the skin and cause visible skin problems.

After treatment, Dr. Padma and her knowledgeable team will give you a full list of laser peel aftercare instructions and recommend the most effective and appropriate sun protectants to keep your skin safe during the healing process and beyond.

Protect your healing skin and glowing new complexion after laser skin resurfacing in East Greenbush, NY

Whether you are frustrated by your rough skin texture or want to reduce the appearance of old acne scars, you may be a candidate for laser skin resurfacing. With proper treatment and dedicated aftercare, the results of a laser peel can be exceptional. Take the first step toward loving your skin once again by calling Dr. Padma’s Aesthetics in East Greenbush, NY to schedule your laser resurfacing consultation with board-certified physician Dr. Padma Sripada today!

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