Following treatment, the area will appear very red and may be swollen. It will feel hot and tender for several hours following treatment. The redness (similar to sunburn) and swelling may last a few days but can minimised with the application of cold compresses. Facial swelling can be reduced by sleeping with your head raised on pillows.
In order to minimise skin heating and to reduce the likelihood of skin reactions, the treatment area will be cooled after the procedure. Once you get home, you may like to apply a cold compress / wet flannels etc. If applying an ice pack at home, always put ice inside a clean plastic bag and wrap in a soft cloth. Do not allow ice packs or ice to come into direct contact with the skin.
While redness remains on the skin after treatment, do not indulge in heavy drinking, going to a sauna or heavy exercise. Those activities may increase the redness of your skin.
The skin will also feel quite tight following treatment and using Vaseline, Lynton light Soothe Serum, or a gentle moisturiser for a day or two following treatment can help to relieve this. Test for sensitivity on a small area of skin before applying to the whole face.
Starting on day 2-3 the skin will appear flaky and have a bronzed appearance as the epidermal debris comes to the surface; this generally lasts for about 5 days. This is a positive sign and indicates that the skin is regenerating. If required 4-5 days after your treatment, you can use a very light exfoliator to help remove the dry/flaky skin (providing the erythema has reduced and skin sensitivity has turned back to normal).
Keeping the skin well moisturised at this point will also help reduce the risk of tightness.
Avoid cosmetics for approximately 48hrs after treatment. Mineral make-up can be applied after this time, however when removing, use a very gentle cleanser and a lot of water and try to avoid vigorously rubbing the skin, as this may cause irritation. If the skin at the treatment area becomes broken, then make-up should be avoided until the area is completely healed.
Avoid hot baths/ showers for 24hrs.
Do not pick at any flaking or crusting that may form.
The skin will usually return to normal by day 7 to 10, although some flakiness may remain for up to 14 days.
Use a sunscreen (SPF 30+) and protect the area from sunlight as much as possible between treatments and for at least one month after treatment ends. Failure to do this can lead to sunburn and hyper-pigmentation of the treated area. (Most cases of changes in pigmentation occur when the treated area has been exposed to sunlight or in people with darker skin types).
If blistering occurs contact the clinic immediately for further advice. Keep the area clean and dry and allow to heal naturally. Do not use any lotions or creams on open skin as this may increase the risk of infection. DO NOT pick grazes or blisters - as this may increase the chance of a scar occurring. Once the skin has healed, a high protection sunscreen should be used daily for 12 months to prevent pigmentation changes to the skin.