Immediately after the laser treatment your skin will appear white. We will apply antibiotic cream to your skin and bandage it with non-stick gauze. Over the next several days, you can expect redness, swelling and some blistering. These blisters are normal and you should not pop them. You should keep them covered and coated with a triple antibiotic cream for 3 days.
Over the next week or two, the redness and swelling should get better and will be replaced by a scab. Again, it is important that you do not pick the scab as it can lead to infection and scarring. For any pain that occurs, you can use ice packs or take the recommended dose of Tylenol. Aspirin and ibuprofen can cause bruising.
If you experience itching, you can apply any thick hypo-allergenic cream, such as Aquaphor or an anti-itch cream like Cortisone. If this itching is particularly bothersome to you, or if you are experiencing any discomfort, you will be able to speak with our doctors.
Additionally, depending on your skin type and wavelength of light used, you may experience hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Your skin will go back to normal over time and we will customize your treatments accordingly.