This laser therapy is used to minimize or remove:
- age spots
- sun damage
- varicose veins
- broken blood vessels on your face
- acne scars
You should avoid
- direct sunlight
- tanning beds
- chemical peels
- collagen injections
- drugs that increase your bleeding risk, such as aspirin (Ecotrin) and ibuprofen (Advil)
creams or other products that contain vitamin A, such as RetinA, or glycolic acid
What to expect during the procedure
Your skin care specialist first cleans the area that’s being treated. Then they rub a cool gel onto your skin. Then, they apply laser device to your skin. During your treatment, you’ll need to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes.
The pulses might sting your skin. Some people liken the feeling to being snapped with a rubber band.
Depending on which part of your body is being treated and how large the area is, the treatment should take 20 to 30 minutes.
To get the results you want, you may need to have at least five treatments. Those treatments should be spaced about 3-6 weeks apart to let your skin heal in between.
Most people experience mild redness or swelling after the procedure. This typically fades within a day or two.
In some cases, you may experience:
- change in skin color
- age / sun spots may become darker or wider throughout the next few months until healing process is completed. Note: every skin heals different, some people may experience no redness or improvement at first
What to expect afterward
You should be able to go right back to your regular activities. The treated area of skin will be red and sensitive for a few hours, as if you got sunburned. Your skin may be slightly swollen, too. Your skin will continue to be sensitive for a couple of days after the procedure. You may need to avoid using hot water on it until your skin heals.
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