Keeping the skin moist and clean is the best way to ensure healing after laser treatments. Bland ointments like petrolatum should be applied during the healing phase. Avoid any harsh soaps or cleansers with AHA's or salicylic acid and sunscreen is an absolute must. Your doctor will let you know when it's okay to resume your usual skin care regimen.
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What should I do after a cosmetic laser procedure?
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What should I expect after having liposuction?
After the procedure, the area of the body that was treated is firmly wrapped to help reduce swelling, bruising and pain. Elastic bandages and tape, support hose (such as those used to treat varicose veins), a special girdle or another type of firm-fitting garment may be used, depending on which part of the body was treated. You may have to wear the compression garment or wrap for 3 to 4 weeks. Expect a lot of bruising and swelling for at least the first 7 to 10 days.
Fluid may drain from the incision sites for several days. You may be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
Most people are able to get up and move around as soon as the treatment is finished and after the effects of the anesthesia and any sedation have worn off. You can return to your normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable, although this may take several days to a few weeks. Most people can return to work within a few days. Recovery may take longer if large areas were treated.
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Why must a qualified doctor perform my cosmetic procedures?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredThe popularity of new rejuvenating procedures is a mixed blessing. They improve appearance, cost less than surgery, and have far less risks. However, they are deceptively simple to perform. That has invited doctors and other health professionals to take courses as short as two hours and call themselves "cosmetic surgeons." Disasters like blindness, strokes, scars and paralysis have occurred with these new techniques. So, be sure to search out the credentials of your doctor before undergoing the knife … or the needle.
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