Fractional CO2 lasers are the gold standard in non-surgical skin rejuvenation. Individual results vary, but patients can expect 30-70% improvement after treatment, especially in the eyelid area, where the skin is thinnest. Dr. Levin utilizes the AcuPulse Fractional CO2 Laser by Lumenis™, a pioneer in the field of laser technology.
Recovery and Aftercare?
Different laser treatments require different amounts of downtime. Some laser resurfacing requires three weeks or more of downtime, but others require 5-10 days. The larger the treatment area and the deeper the laser, the longer is the needed recovery time. Which laser treatment you receive will be determined during your consultation with Dr. Levin, who will help you make this choice based on your specific needs.
Immediately After Treatment
After laser treatment, a non-stick dressing is applied to the treatment areas for 24 hours. You will experience redness, swelling, and dryness, and your skin may scab over and peel. Avoid aggressively rubbing the treated area.
Each day, 2-5 times a day, you will cleanse the treated areas with saline or a diluted vinegar solution.
- Vinegar solution: Mix two cups of water and one teaspoon of white vinegar. Soak gauze and gently apply dripping wet to the treated areas. Leave the gauze in place for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. With gentle pressure, wipe the gauze over the treated areas.
As recommended by Dr. Levin, use a proper, approved moisturizer following the vinegar solution treatments, which will further help during the healing process. Dr. Levin will recommend Vaseline® or moisturizing creams such as Eucerin®, or Aquaphor®.
After a few days, peeling or scabbing will be resolved. At this point, expect mild to moderate redness. This usually lasts for two weeks, improving to a pink hue and then disappearing over time. More aggressive treatments may have longer-lasting redness. Makeup can be usually applied in 5-7 days after treatment, once the new skin has healed.
Avoid activities that may cause flushing or aggressive facial treatments or topical products that may cause irritation for 4-6 weeks.
Keep in mind that your skin may be sun-sensitive for up to one year following the laser skin resurfacing procedure. It’s important to always wear a good sunscreen or moisturizer with a minimum SPF of 30 when outside, even if it’s cloudy.
Apply a daily broad-spectrum (screens both ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays) sunscreen after healing to protect your newly laser-resurfaced skin. A sunscreen specifically formulated for use on the face should be chosen, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
When Will I See the Results?
You may see results as early as 2-3 weeks, but as with any treatment that works by stimulating collagen production, it may take 6-8 weeks to really start seeing meaningful improvement. The results continue to improve for 4-6 months after treatment and last up to 2 years.