Preparing for Your Laser Surgery
For optimal results, it is important to follow your physician’s procedural instructions.
Before your laser therapy or light treatment
It is important to follow these steps in order for you to have long-lasting results:
- Avoid direct sunlight exposure for two weeks before your treatment.
- Check with your physician if you should stop antibiotics prior to your laser and light treatments because they may cause sensitivity.
- Stop applying Retin-A one week prior to your laser surgery or light treatment.
- Stop all aspirin and antiplatelet medications one week before your surgery.
After your laser therapy or light treatment
When recovering from your surgery it is important to be aware of the following:
- Apply ice water compresses continuously for the first 6 – 24 hours or until relief is obtained to reduce swelling.
- Drink plenty of water for the first few days.
- Keep your skin clean.
- Wash the area gently using a mild soap.
- Avoid the use of abrasives, exfoliating sponges or exfoliating masks on the treated areas.
- To prevent infection and open wounds, don't peel, pick, scrape, or scratch your skin. Gently soak off any peeling skin.
- Use analgesics such as Tylenol, Advil or aspirin to supplement ice water compresses for mild, lingering pain.
- For more severe pain, your doctor may prescribe pain medication.
- Avoid excessive physical activity for two weeks after your procedure or at least until the skin has healed.
- Avoid saunas, baths or swimming pools for two weeks or until the skin has healed after your procedure.
- Do not use exfoliating products on the skin for 1 week.
- Do not use retinoids or products containing retinol for 1 week.
- Do not use alcohol or acid based products or cleaners for 1 week.
- Use a gentle cleanser and gentle moisturizer containing SPF 30 or greater.
- For excessive peeling, you may wish to use a petroleum based product such as Aquaphor or Vaseline.
- Contact your doctor if you have any concerns, or if you experience pain, or blistering of the skin.