Laser skin tightening and resurfacing treatments at our med spa in Orlando can provide dramatic transformation. However, I always remind my patients that it is important to take care of your skin after treatment to optimize your results. Good skincare habits at home are essential for maintaining beautiful skin.
Types of laser treatment
Here at Primera, we offer several different laser treatments including:
Caring for your skin after treatment
Part of post-treatment care is tending to any side effects that may occur. Some of the most common side effects include:
- Slight redness:
- Stinging pain (feels like a sunburn)
We will provide you with instructions to minimize these side effects and speed up your recovery. Following are some of the most important tips:
- Avoid exfoliating for the first few days. This may further irritate your skin, causing pain or even scarring.
- Do not wear makeup for at least 5 days post-treatment. Makeup can increase the risk of infection.
- To reduce swelling, use a cool compress and keep your head elevated. Swelling should subside within 3 to 7 days.
- Do not smoke. Smoking can slow down healing and increase the risk of post-treatment complications.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed.
- Avoid tweezing, waxing, bleaching, and chemical peels during the recovery process.
Ongoing skin care
Even after your recovery period, it is important to continue taking good care of your skin. Incorporate the following practices into your daily routine:
- Wear sunscreen daily. Sun damage from UV rays can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging. Even the 5 minutes you spend in the sun taking out the trash or walking to the bus stop add up. Remember to reapply every 2 hours.
- Stay hydrated, and not just when you are at the gym or you feel thirsty. Hydration is essential for keeping your skin radiant, so it is important to drink at least 8 glasses a day.
- Running on the treadmill or going to a spin class can have a positive effect on your skin as well as your body and mood! Working out increases circulation, giving you that natural glow.
- Take supplements. Talk to your doctor about which supplements will be beneficial for your skin type. Often people forget this part of skincare because it isn’t a topical moisturizer or serum, but the right supplements can help heal damaged skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Get enough beauty sleep. Shut down your devices, and if possible, keep them in another room when you are going to bed. Ideally, you should try and get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Ample sleep allows your mind, body, and skin to repair.
If you are interested in any of these procedures or want to learn about more long-term rejuvenation options from a facial plastic surgeon in Orlando, request a consultation online or call our office at (407) 333-3040.