Like any type of deep peel, the laser removes protective layers of the skin creating a wound similar to a severe burn, which takes approximately ten to fourteen days to heal. Redness of the skin may persist for weeks to months following surgery. During the first several weeks, patients should avoid the sun and keep their faces covered with a healing ointment, i.e., Aquaphor. The skin will stay pink for a few weeks. The pink color is covered up easily with make-up. Make-up may be applied within two weeks after treatment.
Because laser resurfacing is an in-office procedure, it is minimally invasive which means you may return to work or your normal activities usually within one week after treatment. Today, the CO2 laser has been perfected to correct numerous skin imperfections. Known as laser skin resurfacing, the CO2 laser is revolutionizing skin care and wrinkle treatment for sun-damaged skin, which is good news for past and present sun worshipers.