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What's involved in the aftercare of my skin after laser resurfacing?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 46 years experience
Occlusion/relaxation: Right after the procedure, ice is applied to decrease swelling and inflammation. After that an emollient salve is applied and the area covered. The covering should be changed daily until the top layer of skin begins to regrow. How long that takes depends on how deep the resurfacing was. Don't rush back to work; relax for a while and let it heal.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: There are a number of methods - so your surgeon will discuss it with you. I've tried a number of products over the years - all of them are soothing emollient ointments. Aquaphor is still a winner for this use. Apply it 4 to 6 x each day, until the lasered areas are healed.
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