How long is the downtime with a laser treatment?
Lasers can make amazing changes to your skin. From removing brown spots to creating a smoother surface or getting rid of unwanted hair, laser treatments provide non-invasive methods of achieving results you want, and all with little to no downtime. Treatments like Fraxel, IPL Photofacial and IPL Hair Removal are typically performed in a series of four or more, spaced a month apart, to obtain maximum results.
Fraxel is a skin resurfacing laser that sloughs off old skin and causes your body to naturally produce collagen and make new skin. It’s used to remove brown spots, improve skin pigment and texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Following a Fraxel treatment, you may experience mild swelling and redness similar to a sunburn, but this will be gone within a few days. Makeup can be applied right away if needed.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacials are an excellent option for clearing away redness, spots and veins and improving the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin. IPL stimulates collagen growth and has the added benefit of decreasing pore size. It is also an excellent treatment for the redness and flushing associated with rosacea. Like Fraxel, IPL requires virtually no downtime. Any mild redness following treatment will soon be calmed. Fraxel and IPL are wonderfully complementary treatments and are sometimes used together by advanced medical professionals without additional downtime.
IPL Lasers can also be used for hair removal, a treatment that has men as excited as women. During a laser hair removal treatment, a wand is painlessly passed over the skin in the areas where unwanted hair grows. The heat from a wide beam of light destroys hair follicles, the hair falls out and stops growing. Laser hair removal can be used anywhere unwanted hair is growing – legs, underarms, chest, back and more. Following a treatment, you may see and feel a “mild sunburn,” but that will subside within a few hours.
While none of these laser treatments means spending weeks or even days out of the public eye, there is one very important pre- and post-treatment rule. You must stay out of the sun for the week before and after your laser procedure!