WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
- Redness and swelling are common. While swelling may resolve within 1–2 weeks, prolonged redness may last up to 3 months.
- Exudates/bleeding/crusting. Because the laser beam penetrates into the deep dermal layer, clear fluid (exudates) or blood will ooze to the skins surface. Crusting or scabs may form if exudates or blood dries. Keeping the treated area moist with Aquaphor® will help prevent crusting and subsequent scarring.
- Pain may linger after the procedure is completed.
- Pigmentary changes: After treatment, skin may appear darker (hyperpigmentat ion) or lighter (hypopigmentation) than before.
- Itching may occur as part the normal wound healing process.
- Acne: Flare-up of acne may occur due to use of semi-occlusive dressing Aquaphor.
WHAT TO DO:
- No shower to face and neck for 48 hours after the procedure.
- Keep the area soupy or wet with Aquaphor for the first 5 days.
- Use the vinegar water solution to clean the area (see Wound Care Instructions)
- Limit movement to face and neck. This facilitates healing.
- Hand-washing is the most important thing you can do to prevent infection. Wash your hands every time before you touch treated area.
- To reduce swelling and pain, you may place ice packs, bags, or frozen peas on the treated area for first 2–3 days. You may also take the prescribed pain medication as directed on the bottle.
- Keep your head elevated while resting for the first few nights. This helps reduce swelling and promote healing.
- Remember to finish all of your oral medication as prescribed: Valtrex®, Medrol® pack, and antibiotic.
- Call us if you experience any one of the following:
- Pain that is not relieved by prescribed pain medication.
- Excessive itching
- Signs of infection: whitish to yellowish film on treated area, with or without foul odor. You may also develop a fever of 100 degrees.
If you are not sure or become worried, please call the office (713) 665-9200. A 24–hour answering service is available after hours and can contact Dr. Iero.