The post-treatment care for your procedure will vary depending on your dermatologist’s recommendations and the type of laser used. In general, you will be able to go back to work or school the same day as your treatment, but it’s important that you follow the aftercare instructions closely.


Immediate Post-Treatment

● Do not rub the skin.
● Do not apply make-up for 24 hours.
● Avoid sun exposure for 24 hours, using a sunscreen with SPF30 or more if you need to go outside.
● Drink plenty of water and take extra care to avoid dehydration as this can lead to further swelling and bruising after treatment.
● Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours if you are having treatment on your face (this includes the lips) as it can increase sensitivity during this time.


Schedule a follow-up appointment.

If you are having a laser treatment, it is important to schedule a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, your doctor will examine the area that received treatment and check for signs of healing. If there are any concerns about your condition or how your skin has reacted to the procedure, they will let you know what steps need to be taken next. You should also ask questions if you have them at this time.


Select a good sunscreen.

Select a good sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to bind to skin and provide adequate protection. Reapply every two hours, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. If you’re outside for extended periods, reapply more frequently than that—for example, every 80 minutes if you’re playing tennis or golf.

Apply sunscreen generously on all exposed areas of your body 20–30 minutes before going outdoors (even if you’re just gardening) and then again after swimming or sweating heavily — but be sure not to use too much:
“The most common cause of misuse is applying too much sunscreen,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “The average person applies about half as much as they need.”


Use ice to cool down the skin.

● Use ice to cool down the skin.
● Ice can help reduce pain and swelling.
● Do not apply ice directly to the skin; use a towel or cloth between the ice and your skin.
● Ice should be applied for 15 minutes at a time, then you should wait 60 minutes before reapplying it again.

Avoid alcohol, smoking and excessive caffeine.
Avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine and smoking. Alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. They also cause your blood vessels to expand slightly which will make your skin appear redder in the long run.


Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Unless you’ve had a procedure done that requires sedation, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to stay overnight in the hospital. But because lasers are strong and can potentially damage skin tissue, it’s important to follow your doctor’s post-procedure care instructions. In general, this means staying out of the sun for at least a week after your treatment (and perhaps longer). You should also keep an eye out for any unusual swelling or burning around your face or eyes after laser vision correction surgery. If you experience any tenderness, redness or inflammation from the procedure—even when using lotion—consult with your doctor immediately as these are signs of potential complications from laser surgery.


Take anti-histamine medication as directed if itching occurs.

● Take anti-histamine medication as directed if itching occurs.
● If you feel swelling or redness, take antihistamine medication and contact your doctor.
● Do not use harsh scrubbing agents on the treated areas.
● Do not use abrasive skin care products on the treated areas.
● Do not use scented body lotions or soaps on the treated areas.
● Do not use hair products on the treated areas.


Post Laser aftercare: Do’s & Don’ts

● Do not smoke, drink alcohol or take caffeine.
● Do not apply makeup, sunscreen or moisturizer to treated areas.
● Do not use harsh scrubbing agents on the treated areas.
● Avoid exposure of treated areas to direct sunlight for at least 24 hours after treatment has been completed (even if you are wearing a sunblock). This is important because this will allow your skin to heal properly and prevent any possible adverse reactions from occurring as a result of overexposure to UV rays when combined with laser therapy treatment.


Pre & post laser skincare guide

● Use a gentle cleanser.
● Apply sunscreen every morning.
● Avoid tanning beds and sun exposure at all costs (including indoor tanning).
● If you have to use anti-aging products, make sure they don’t contain Retinol or Retinoids.

Your doctor will give you specific instructions for care after your treatment so that you can get the best results possible from your procedure and avoid complications.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions for care after your treatment so that you can get the best results possible from your procedure and avoid complications.
It’s important to follow the instructions given by your doctor, even if they seem overly cautious or restrictive. Failure to follow these recommendations could result in a loss of vision or other serious side effects.

Novaclear Post Laser Range
Novaclear’s Post Laser Range comprises of the following products:
Post Procedures Arnica Gel:
Arnica Gel with 5% Arnica Extract and 5% Horse Chestnut Extract. Recommended for skin care with bruises, puffiness and dilated capillaries. Applied on the skin provides soothing and calming effect.


Post laser cream:

Post Laser Cream helps to promote the recovery of the skin after undergoing aesthetic procedures. Its advanced formula containing Zinc, Copper and Silver effectively supports rebuilding and repairing epidermis that protects against water loss and external irritants. Helpful for sunburned, itching skin.


Post laser cleansing foam:

Post Laser Cleansing Foam for skincare after procedures. Gentle formula with balanced pH effectively cleanses your skin and thanks to the presence of Silver and Copper helps to promote the recovery of your epidermis. Combined with Novaclear Repair Cream it is complete care of irritated skin. The Foam does not contain any soaps and alkalis.



As you’ve seen in this article, there are several things that you can do to take care of your skin after laser resurfacing treatment. These tips will help keep your skin healthy so that it heals quickly and looks great for years to come! If you have any questions about post-laser care or would like more information on how we can help treat your specific concerns, please contact us today.

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