Palomar fractional resurfacing is a noninvasive procedure that employs laser beams to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and other spots and imperfections that appear with aging. If you have planned such a procedure, you need to find out about the recovery process.

After the Procedure

The laser and light treatment will affect your skin and you may experience various side effects such as swelling, redness or even minor bleeding. Sterile bandages will be applied on the treated areas. You may also apply cold compresses, which can reduce the side effects of the treatment.

Pain may occur, but it will be mild and can be managed with over the counter medication. If the pain is unbearable, you need to contact your doctor. You can use cosmetic products immediately after the procedure, even if your skin is red and irritated.

You will notice that the skin is flaking after it starts to heal. Manage this problem by using suitable moisturizing lotions and creams. Don't peel the skin, as you can cause damage and even scars.

Recovery Time

Typically, the recovery time involved in a Palomar fractional resurfacing procedure is less than a week. Most patients recover in three to five days. You may take a few days off work, especially if you bleed after the procedure or are worried about the swelling.

After a week, you may start to notice the results of the procedure: your skin will be tighter and will have an even color. In time, the results will improve, as your body starts producing more collagen.