What Side Effects Could I Experience After Ablative Laser Treatment?

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Laser technology has advanced substantially in the last decade. One of the best options to resurface skin is ablative laser treatment. The procedure is highly effective, with only minor side effects. Following laser treatment, you might experience what feels like a severe sunburn, skin tightening, and tingling. Ice packs and pain medication can reduce any discomfort. It can take 2 – 4 weeks for your skin to heal and show noticeable improvement and healing.

Dr. Nasir Mohammedi is a board-certified family physician at Bloom Medical Group in Whittier, CA. He offers ablative laser treatment to reduce the signs of aging, clear acne scarring, and improve your skin’s appearance.

Ablative laser treatments can improve the appearance of the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles (fine to moderate)

  • Acne scarring

  • Age spots

  • Sun damaged skin

  • Uneven skin tone

Although ablative laser treatments are effective for the above skin conditions, the laser procedure will not improve the appearance of sagging skin. Also, as you age, you will develop additional lines and wrinkles, so repeated treatments are often necessary to preserve your appearance.

Preparing for ablative laser treatments

If you are interested in undergoing ablative laser resurfacing, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mohammedi at Bloom Medical Group in Whittier, CA to discuss your goals. Dr. Mohammedi will evaluate your skin to determine if ablative laser resurfacing is the best cosmetic procedure to meet your needs.

Prior to undergoing ablative laser resurfacing, Dr. Mohammedi might recommend the following:

  • Prescribe an antiviral medication to help prevent the breakout of infections.

  • Avoid sun exposure prior to undergoing the laser resurfacing treatment because an excessive amount of UV rays can lead to irregular coloration on your skin after the laser treatment.

  • Arrange to take at least a day or two off from work on the day of laser resurfacing and following the procedure so you have time to recover and relax. Remember, laser ablative resurfacing causes the skin to feel like you have sustained a severe sunburn.

What to expect from ablative laser treatment

Dr. Mohammedi will perform ablative laser treatment at the offices of Bloom Medical Group in Whittier, CA. Prior to undergoing the laser resurfacing treatment, our aesthetics team will clean your face. They will then apply a local anesthetic to reduce pain. In some situations, Dr. Mohammedi might prescribe a sedative so you can relax before the procedure.

When undergoing ablative laser resurfacing treatment, you will wear protective eye shields. Dr. Mohammedi will hold the skin of the treatment area taut as he passes the laser over the skin. The laser will create intense heat that is well controlled so that it damages only the treated area of the skin. The heat from the laser helps to remove scars, sun damage, and aged skin while stimulating your body to produce new collagen.

In most cases, ablative laser resurfacing will take from 30 minutes to two hours on the side of the treatment area.

After treatment, our aesthetic team will apply cooling ointment to ensure you’re comfortable and bandage the treated area. Your skin will feel raw and sore. Some patients experience oozing on the skin’s surface for up to two weeks after the procedure. Dr. Mohammedi will provide you with aftercare instructions. Never pick or scratch the skin as it heals, or you could experience scarring. Always avoid the sun following laser resurfacing for at least a month.

Schedule a consultation in Whittier, CA about ablative laser resurfacing

If you would like to learn more about laser resurfacing, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mohammedi at Bloom Medical Group in Whittier, CA to determine if ablative laser resurfacing is the right cosmetic procedure to help meet your needs. If you opt to undergo the cosmetic procedure, you can discuss what side effects to expect following the procedure with Dr. Mohammedi and his team.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.