Laser skin treatments in Birmingham have proven to be very effective in improving the appearance of wrinkles, firmness, scars, and sun damaged skin. The thought of laser treatments may sound intimidating to some, but if you follow the prep instruction recommended by your doctor, you can expect to have a smoother treatment and recovery. Follow these tips to prepare for your laser resurfacing treatment in the Troy or Rochester Hills area.
Communicate Your Skin History
When receiving laser treatments, it is important to tell your doctor about any skin conditions you are prone to, such as cold sores or fever blisters. Laser resurfacing can aggravate these areas, making you vulnerable to breakouts. To help prevent this from happening, schedule a conversation with your doctor about medications to add to your pre-treatment plan.
Although most doctors, no matter their specialty, would recommend that you quit smoking for good, it is especially important to do so two weeks before and after a laser procedure. This is because nicotine interferes with blood flow and oxygen supply, which is crucial to helping your body heal.
Avoid Certain OTC Medications and Supplements
Approximately 10 days before your laser treatment you will want to decrease or stop your consumption of over-the-counter drugs or supplements that interfere with blood clotting. This is another measure to give your body the best chance for an easier and more functional recovery.
Edit Your Skincare Regimen
About 10 to 14 days prior to you skin resurfacing treatment, you will want to make sure that your skincare regimen is very gentle. This means temporarily stopping the use of exfoliants and retinoids. Exfoliants include physical exfoliants such as a facial scrub and chemical exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids or glycolic acid. Retinoids can also be a little harsh at times, so it is best to avoid those as well. This is recommended because you do not want your skin to be compromised in any way.
If you are interested in laser skin resurfacing treatments to improve the appearance of your skin, Dr. Ellen Janetzke can help you figure out the best treatment plan for you. To learn more about Profactional Laser treatments, contact Dr. Ellen today at 248-220-6760 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit our plastic surgery blog.