During Treatment: Safety goggles will cover your eyes, and the topical numbing will be removed from the treatment areas one at a time. Most areas feel numb or barely noticeable, but there may be "hot spots" during the treatment. Overall it is very well tolerated.
Immediately After Treatment: Your skin will feel warm and there may be some pinpoint bleeding, but post-CO2 laser pain is very minimal. A healing ointment will be applied and your skin may be soothed with cold air. You will be released to your driver with post-laser care instructions.
Days following treatment: Puffiness can get worse during the first 24-48 hours after treatment, and then it usually starts to fade. You will be red and "greasy" with a healing ointment; and makeup is not to be used for the first 3-5 days until all areas have healed. Sun and excessive heat avoidance is a must as this can cause pigmentation issues. Puffiness can be minimized by: holding cool dilute white vinegar compresses or ZO Surfatrol astringent compresses on the treated areas (for no more than 3 minutes at a time, do not Rub), taking Tylenol (Acetaminophen), and taking Bendaryl (diphenhydramine) or another anti-histamine. You will be provided with detailed post-laser instructions. Usually you will have a followup appointment within a week of the treatment to make sure healing is going as expected.
Months following treatment: Sun avoidance and protection is a must for at least 3-6 months after treatment. In most patients, the redness dissapates within 7-10 days and is easily covered with makeup. Some patients have longer lasting redness, especially if more aggressive settings are used. New collagen is formed for up to 12 months after treatment, so your final results will often look better with time.
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