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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Ask any dermatologist or plastic surgeon when the best time
of year is to do a laser (of any kind) and I guarantee you the answer will be a
resounding, “WINTER!”

During the winter months, generally, skin is less exposed to
the sun, which can easily undo what a laser just fixed. That’s not to say that the
sun isn’t out and doing damage unto your skin from December through April, but it’s
just that people are less likely to spend time in the sun (unprotected).

No matter what type of laser you opt for this winter, taking
care of your skin post-procedure is just as important as taking care of your
skin every day.

Skin that has been “lasered” is sensitive, easily irritated
and compromised. Washing the skin with cleansers that are harsh and stripping,
like those that are acid-based or exfoliating, can actually damage your skin. You’ll want to keep your skin as clean as possible, which may mean
limiting makeup (ask your doctor when you can start wearing makeup again and
which formulas are best for you) and the use of your regular skin care
products, especially those with ingredients like acids and retinoids.

If your skin is red and swollen after you’ve been treated,
make sure to apply cold compresses and ice packs to the area, as this will help
mitigate some of the inflammation. Sleeping in an elevated position with an
extra pillow or two can help, too.

Colleyville, TX facial plastic surgeon Yadro Ducic, MD says what’s
most important is moisture preservation. “Simple products like Aquaphor and
various other occlusive moisturizers are all adequate,” he adds. A lack of
moisture post-treatment can cause the skin to scab and may even delay (and in
some cases compromise) the healing process. Torrance, CA plastic surgeon Linda Swanson, MD has patients use EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex ($45) to help replenish
moisture in their skin.

“Two weeks after the laser, patients are ready for manual skin exfoliation,”
says Dr. Swanson. “I find that dermaplaning works well to
help get all the additional transitional skin off and create a non-flaky

Sun protection is of the utmost
importance because skin is vulnerable in the healing phase. Failure to wear a
good SPF can cause the treated skin to actually become more damaged than it was
pre-treatment and also for dark spots to form. We like Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen ($15), which protects against both UVA and UVB rays and offers
an SPF of 30.


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