Preparing For Laser Treatment for Skin

By 18 January 2016 Articles & Media

You have decided that there is no time quite like the present to have flawless, beautiful skin. You have been advised to do laser treatment, but are a little nervous as you are not sure what to expect. Laser treatments for skin have been designed to tackle a whole host of skin issues and problems – if you are right and ready to benefit from laser you will be pleased you did and won’t look back.

Although you have been told that there is little downtime when undergoing laser treatment, there are a couple of questions you would like to have answered.

In the right hands there is much that can be achieved through laser treatment for skin. Our professional team of experts will be able to offer you:

  • Hair removal through IPL.
  • Skin resurfacing to rid you of all unsightly blemishes.
  • Skin rejuvenation that will give you back a youthful glow.

We use world-leading branded tools that will ensure your treatment is safe and results are hugely successful.

How to prepare for laser skin treatment:

  • Start off by making an appointment at our Aesthetic Laser and Skin Clinic in Sandton; this is advisable as you will then be able to discover which treatment is best suited to your needs.
  • Should you be prone to getting fever blisters around the mouth area, you need to mention this; laser skin resurfacing can be a trigger for some.
  • You will then be advised against taking supplements and medication – these include ibuprofen, aspirin and vit E which could have an impact on any clotting agents. The period of time to abstain from these is at least ten days prior to treatment.
  • Smoking delays healing – it is advisable to stop at least two weeks before and after treatment.

The before and after of laser:

Because laser is an outpatient procedure there is little to no downtime and most certainly no overnight hospital stay whatsoever.

Either your entire face will be treated or individual areas such as wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead will be attended to.

Minor areas to be treated will be numbed with a local anaesthetic and also be sedated all depending; this will usually take anything from half an hour to three quarters of an hour.

A general anaesthetic might be required should the entire facial area need treatment – a full facial laser treatment could take anything up to two hours.

Areas are usually bandaged afterwards.

These areas will need to be cleaned four to five times a day after 24 hours and ointment applied to prevent scabs from developing.

Don’t be alarmed as swelling around the eyes is a common occurrence although your aesthetician could prescribe steroids to manage this.

Healing should take anything from 10 to 21 days but as soon as your skin is healed you will be able to wear oil-free make-up.

Using a sunscreen after surgery is imperative. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30and higher.

Try and stay out of the sun altogether if at all possible – alternatively limit the time outdoors if you are able to.

Hydrate your skin.

Laser treatment for your skin will ensure you enjoy an improved appearance and youthful glow.