A chemical peel or laser treatment can rejuvenate your skin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and give you a clearer, more youthful complexion. While both chemical peels and laser treatments are outpatient nonsurgical procedures, there is some preparation that you should do before having your treatment. There are also some important aftercare procedures that you should follow for the best results.
There are several things that you can do to prepare yourself for your chemical peel or laser treatment. If you are a smoker, it is important that you stop smoking two weeks before your treatment so you can heal properly. You will also want to avoid sun exposure and be gentle with your skin, avoiding waxing or other treatments before the chemical peel or laser treatment.
Your doctor may also suggest that you use healing lotions and creams both before and after your treatment. Your doctor will consult with you before your treatment and inform you of any additional pre-op care or instructions.
After a chemical peel or laser treatment, it is important to keep your skin clean and moisturized. Your doctor may prescribe specific lotions, creams, or moisturizers for this purpose. You will not be able to wear makeup at first, and when you do wear makeup again, it is important that it is oil free. Make sure that you are also using heavy sunblock and limiting sun exposure during healing. Depending on the depth of the chemical peel or the intensity of the laser treatment, full recovery and results can take several weeks to complete.
If you are interested in chemical peels or laser treatments to give you a fresher, younger look, contact us today for a consultation. We will be able to do a skin assessment and determine the best options for your skin rejuvenation, as well as provide you with more information about preparation, post-op care, and the procedure itself.