Skin is tough, but it’s subjected to constant wear and tear from the world around us—along with chronological aging and bad lifestyle habits. After a while, even if you take skin care seriously, sun damage, pollution, smog, smoking, and aging can catch up to you. Before you know it, your texture and tone become uneven, and your complexion can look unrecognizable. Between wrinkles, sagging folds of skin, leathery patches, sunspots, acne scars, non-responsive skin, and other irregularities, sometimes your skin just needs a complete reset to get back to normal. While topical formulas can help, they don’t always do the trick. One of the best ways of completely resurfacing and refreshing the outer layers of your skin is with laser treatments, such as Clean & Bright. The Minneapolis area’s Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team shares how to get the best results from a treatment by taking steps to properly prepare beforehand.
The following are some of the most important steps you can take to stave off potential complications and achieve the most visually pleasing outcome. Following pre-treatment instructions from your dermatologist will make recovery a lot smoother.
- Consult an Experienced Physician
Don’t skip the consultation if you’re going for a laser treatment or any other kind of cosmetic procedure. The best thing any patient who is curious about laser treatments can do is not only do their homework by researching doctors online, but also have a one-on-one consultation with a qualified dermatologist who is experienced with laser treatments.
Many patients are uncertain about whether laser resurfacing is the right choice for them, and a licensed dermatologist will be able to examine your skin, discuss your medical history, and talk about your expectations to determine whether laser resurfacing is suitable for you. Make a list of questions in advance so you can remember everything you want to ask during your consultation.
- Quit Smoking
Clear & Bright is non-invasive and gentle, but the outer layer of your skin will eventually peel away after a treatment. It’s common to experience some redness and swelling on the targeted areas for a few days because of the controlled injury the laser causes to the skin’s surface. Your skin will therefore need some time to recover. It’s better to avoid smoking cigarettes for at least several weeks before the day of the treatment, as the nicotine restricts the flow of blood to your skin so it receives less oxygen and nutrients, which delays the healing process.
- Be Careful About Medications and Supplements
Laser skin treatments don’t generally require much preparation, but you may want to stop taking certain medications and supplements that make bleeding and bruising more likely because they make it more difficult for blood to clot. Talk to your provider about anything you’re currently taking, including herbal medications. Your dermatologist may advise you to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E around 10 days before your treatment, as well as to refrain from taking medications that may cause photosensitivity. Any changes to prescribed medications or recommended supplements should be discussed with a primary care physician.
- Don’t Go Tanning
Most physicians advise against tanning or any kind of intense or prolonged, unprotected sun exposure for about a month before having a laser skin resurfacing treatment, as this can lead to hyperpigmentation. Cover up your skin and wear a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen when you go outside.
- Take Certain Prescribed Medications
If you have a history of herpes infections on the face or are prone to having cold sores, let the physician know during your consultation. It’s common for antiviral and antibiotic medications to be prescribed to patients before a laser treatment to reduce the chance of bacterial infections, cold sores, and fever blisters.
If you’re planning a laser skin resurfacing treatment, Clean & Bright is one option to think about. To learn more or request a consultation, call the Minneapolis area’s Zel Skin & Laser Specialists offices directly at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth).