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What To Do After Cosmetic Surgery....Post Op Instruction...Laser Skin Resurfacing

Updated on March 12, 2011
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This is a continuation of a series of articles dealing with Cosmetic Surgery, precisely post op instructions.  This particular article is dealing with the post operative instructions for Laser Skin Resurfacing.

Just a little about this procedure. Laser Skin Resurfacing is one of the most popular anti-aging remedies. This procedure improves the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, scars and discolored areas of the skin, (hyperpigmentation), which occurs primarily around the mouth and eyes. However, it can be used for large areas of the face.

Immediately After Surgery

  • You will be asked to keep the treated area moist with a petroleum based ointment, such as Aquaphor, reapplying as needed.
  • Take the entire course of antibiotics, (such as Cipro), antiviral, (such as Valtrex), and antifungal, (such as Diflucan).
  • Limit any activity that would cause any stress or stain to the head/facial are i.e. heavy lifting, pulling, or pushing.
  • Use provided daily cleanser to clean treated area(s).
  • Take extra care when the treated area so as not to rub off the crust formation, as this can cause bleeding and scarring.
  • Diluted vinegar soaks to treated area(s) may be ordered, if so apply diluted vinegar soaked gauze 3 times a day.
  • Makeup can be applied after all the crusting has resolved, usually after 7-10 days.  Use natural mineral make-up to minimize risk of infection and reaction to the newly exposed skin.
  • Avoid sun exposure in the early postoperative period.  Excessive sun exposure during the time could cause changes in the pigment.  When the crusting dissipates you will need to use sunscreen daily for the first few months.

You Can Expect

  • These are things you can expect Post op for Laser Skin Resurfacing.

  • Crusting and itching. The crusting that occurs is expected, do not remove. It will gradually fall off over 7-10 day period. Itching is a normal sign of healing, but if it's intolerable, oral Benedryl may be used according manufacturer's instructions.
  • As the old skin peels away, skin with a brighter pink color will appear. This is healthy new skin and can have the appearance of red sunburned skin. Do not be alarmed. This color is normal and usually fades after about 2-4 weeks. Make-up can be worn once the new skin has formed.

Call The Office If You Experience

  • Severe pain not responding to the pain medication(s).
  • A rash, small blisters, or the surrounding area, (untreated area) becomes red
  • A fever ( temp. 100.4)


As was stated this is from the prospective of someone that actually works for a doctor that practices Cosmetic Surgery. Of course your doctor will give you specific Post Op instructions for Laser Skin Resurfacing, and these are to be followed to the letter. This can simply serve as a backup plan.



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    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Veronica, you're too kind. Thank you for weighing in on these as I call them boring hubs. LOL!

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Fastfreta this is great advice. I agree with Nellieanna - you are really good at this! Rated it up and voted.

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you chinweike, you're so encouraging.

      Nellieanna, you are also encouraging to me, thank you for that. I also agree, I don't think that I would ever do any of these things. I'm too chicken.

      Believe me Pamela, I've seen the after effects of Cosmetic surgery and it looks painful and uncomfortable.

      Hello, hello, I wonder that too.

      Thank you all for stopping and leaving comments. See you all soon.

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      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Fastfreta, You really did justice to the issues bothering so many people about surgery. Well done, I will definitely rate this, and share it.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Fastfreda - you write so well and knowledgeably, it almost makes a person wish to be able to or interested in using it. But cosmetic surgery, as I've mentioned previously, is the very last thing in the world I'd choose to do short of a devastating accident which required it - in which case, I wouldn't even consider it "cosmetic", but vital. Otherwise I'd eschew it even then!

      I hope to forever avoid such a situation, but if it ever happened, I'd refer to your excellent advice! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! You're really good at this!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fastfreda, This hub has good instructions for post op patients. This procedure does sound like there is discomfort.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      However, can people go through a torment like that?


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