Immediately after treatment:
- Immediately after treatment, the skin will look swollen with red dots in the locations that were treated with the laser.
- Your doctor may instruct you to cover the treated areas with a moisturizing cream or ointment. Wound dressings are usually not necessary, but your doctor may recommend that you apply cold compresses for pain relief.
Days and weeks after treatment:
Your skin will continue to be red and swollen for 5-7 days after treatment with an ablative fractional laser.1
- There is usually no long-term recovery process after treatment with an ablative fractional laser.
- It is important to use sunscreen whenever the skin is exposed to the sun until the skin is completely healed, meaning that no pink, newly formed skin is visible anymore.
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