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Skin-tightening Laser Treatment 
Post-care

Patient response can vary after a skin-tightening laser treatments. Erythema (redness) is usually noted within a few minutes after the completion of the procedure. A slight sunburn sensation in and around the area treated is also normal and expected. These reactions tend to subside within 1-4 hours after the treatment and can be managed with Tylenol or Advil and cold compresses, though this is rarely needed. 

 

The full effects of the skin-tightening laser treatments appear gradually. It can take 3 to 6 months for full results, although some patients do see them sooner. Full results have been known to last for up to 6 months, but recent studies have shown that some thermal collagen modifications have lasted up to several years, depending on the rate of the patient's aging process. 

 

Until sensitivity has completely subsided, avoid all of the following: 

  • Use of scented lotions or soaps, exfoliant creams (Retin-A, glycolic/salicylic and alpha- hydroxy acids), acne creams or gels, loofah sponges and aggressive scrubbing 

  • Hot or cold water - wash with tepid water 

  • Swimming pools and spas with multiple chemicals/chlorine and severe temperature changes 

  • Activities that cause excessive perspiration

  • Direct sunlight

 

Makeup can be applied immediately after treatment as long as skin is intact and there are no signs of blistering.  If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply Aquaphor or Vaseline and contact the office at (501) 817-3923. 

 

Subsequent treatments are based upon your doctor’s recommendation and are typically 2-4 weeks apart. The number of treatments needed will depend upon your individual condition and your body’s response to the light. Most patients require a series 5 of treatments to obtain optimal results.  

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