What happens after the treatment?
The area treated will look like the pixelation of a TV set. These are usually fine white dots. The area then becomes redder and warmer, like sunburn. Discomfort is usually minimal.
Aftercare instructions are available and you should strictly follow these. Usually, this involves icing and use of a bland moisturiser. The skin should be kept lightly moist for at least 2-days. Some patients experience peeling and scabbing. Make-up should be avoided until the skin is healed, this is usually up to 5 days.
Downtime can be from 1-day to 1-week. Recovery is usually much faster than Erbium laser resurfacing. You need to be realistic and realise this treatment has variable outcomes. The average is usually 3-4 treatments. You should sleep with an extra pillow, upright to reduce swelling and take a daily antihistamine such as Claratyne.
Important: Don’t use any creams on the skin that are not approved by the doctors. If the swelling becomes excessively severe or a fever occurs, please ring the clinic immediately. This treatment is usually well-tolerated and extremely safe.