After laser resurfacing, an ointment and bandage are applied to your skin. For several days, your face will be covered by a bandage mask.
Your skin will look and feel like after a severe sunburn. It may be raw for two weeks after laser resurfacing, oozing, and with significant drainage. It is important not to pick or scratch the skin during healing. You will be instructed on how to care for your skin during the initial healing process.
You may experience pain, tingling, burning and itching. You can use pain medication and ice packs to ease the pain.
Stay home and avoid strenuous activity. It is important to take the antiviral medications your doctor has prescribed to reduce the chance of infection. You will need to see your doctor several times so that he or she can monitor your recovery.
It usually takes two to four weeks for the skin to heal completely. After about two weeks, new skin grows back and covers the wounds. Skin can remain pink and red for many months after the procedure; however, most patients can use makeup to hide their skin colour after about two weeks.
After laser resurfacing, it is very important to minimize excessive direct sun exposure and use proper sunscreen. Too much sun exposure can lead to permanent, uneven discoloration of the facial skin.