Some clients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 12-72 hours which may last 1-2 weeks, rarely longer. The treated area may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common and almost exclusively temporary. Healing is usually complete within 6-8 weeks.
1. Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment up to 3 times a day while the area is healing if you keep the area covered with a sterile dressing.
2. You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take regular Tylenol, but Aspirin and Ibuprofen are not recommended (they can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding).
3. Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
4. Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication unless recommended by our office for 48 hours.
5. Wear sunblock with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months if in the sun following treatment.
6. If the area looks infected (fever, honey colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have questions or concerns, contact the office or you primary care. Of course, if you have an extreme reaction (moderate to severe facial swelling, moderate to severe rash, any difficulty breathing, or if you are in any distress) call 911 or go to the emergency department immediately.