Have you ever decided to beautify your skin from scars or wrinkles with laser technology? How do you prepare for this process? What results can you expect… and what are the risks?
- Preparation for plastic surgery:
– Preparing for surgery starts with consulting a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to determine if this procedure is right for you or if you need to treat something in your skin first. Tell your doctor if you have a rash or pimples around your mouth because the procedure of peeling and beautifying your skin can invade the tissue Infected skin puts you at risk.
– If you are going to undergo laser skin resurfacing and beautification, your doctor will ask you not to take any medications or supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E, which can cause blood clots, for 10 days before the procedure.
– If you smoke, you must stop smoking completely for two weeks before and after surgery, as smoking can increase recovery time after surgery.
Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent bacterial infections and antiviral medications, especially if you are prone to ulcers and pimples.
- What to expect during and after surgery:
The doctor may treat the surrounding wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, forehead, or both, or he may treat your entire face. For small areas, the doctor will numb the areas to be treated with a local anesthetic; for treatment of your entire face, general anesthesia will be used.
– The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes when treating smaller areas of the face while treating the entire face takes up to two hours. After that, the doctor will bandage the treated areas with the medical condom and after 24 hours, you will have to clean the treated areas 4 to 5 times a day.
After the procedure, you may experience swelling and puffiness on your face. This is normal. The doctor may prescribe measures to treat the swelling around the eye. You may also sleep on a pillow at night to reduce swelling.
You may experience itching for a period of 12 to 72 hours after surgery, for five to seven days, and your skin will become dry and crusty. Once the skin has healed, you can apply oil-free makeup to reduce redness, and these symptoms usually subside within two or three months.
– To protect your very sensitive skin after the procedure, you will need to use sunscreen that blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays.
- Benefits and risks of laser skin resurfacing:
Although this procedure treats scars, wrinkles, and other skin conditions, it cannot produce miraculous, 100% skin like children, but can only improve its appearance. As for the risks of the procedure:
Burns or other injuries from laser heat.
The appearance of scars on the skin.
Changes in skin color, i.e. the appearance of dark and light spots.
Reactivation of sores and pimples.
– Bacterial infection.