During the procedure
During ablative laser resurfacing, an intense beam of light energy (laser) is directed at your skin. The laser beam destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis). At the same time, the laser heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates collagen production over time, resulting in better skin tone and texture. Ablative laser resurfacing typically takes between 30 minutes and hours, depending on the size of the area treated.
After the procedure
After ablative laser resurfacing, the treated skin will be raw, swollen and itchy. Your therapist will apply a thick ointment to the treated skin and might cover the area with an airtight and watertight dressing. You may take a pain reliever and use cool compresses. New skin usually covers the area in one or two weeks. During this time do not use products that may irritate your face, such as cosmetics. And avoid situations that increase your risk of infection, such as swimming.
After ablative laser resurfacing, your skin might stay red or pink for up to several weeks. But once the treated area begins to heal, you’ll notice a difference in your skin quality and appearance. The effects can last for years.