Mild swelling and redness commonly occurs at the site of treatment for the first few hours post treatment. Some may experience slight discomfort or itching for several days post treatment, and may find it beneficial to apply ice packs, a soothing gel, or take antihistamines (Telfast). Hot water and heat should be avoided for the first few hours post treatment.
Due to the swelling and heat associated with laser treatment, it is recommended to avoid any physical activity that increases the body’s temperature 24 hours post treatment. Excessive perspiration can lead to infected follicles, and chemicals present in pools and spas can aggravate a compromised skin. Maintaining a cool, clean skin can expedite recovery time.
Retinols, glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and exfoliants should be avoided for at least 1 week post treatment. Make-up, deodorants and perfumes may be applied 24 hours post treatment. Exposed areas should be protected with a SPF 30+ sunscreen immediately after treatment.
The treated area will take approximately 1-2 weeks to stabilise post treatment. Typically, the skin will be more reactive and some may experience a mild itchiness as the skin generates new collagen and elastin. In the case of epidermal pigment removal, darkening of the treated lesion, and subsequent peeling may occur. It is recommended not to exfoliate or use active ingredients during this period as the skin may be compromised and prone to irritation. Variation in the rate of recovery is based on skin colour, skin sensitivity and treatment intensity.