What to Avoid After Getting a PicoSure Treatment

  • June 23, 2022

Everyone aspires to have a healthy, flawless complexion, but years of accumulated impurities can cause your skin to look dull, tired, and prematurely aged. Fortunately, laser treatments have proven to be a fast, minimally invasive way to achieve your aesthetic goals.

At Schmidt Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer the PicoSure laser, a versatile, FDA-approved skin revitalization solution. This cutting-edge technology is one of the safest skin resurfacing options available, and Dr. Schmidt is one of the first facial plastic surgeons in Denver to offer it.

Who Should Get PicoSure Laser Treatment?

PicoSure is an excellent way to resolve cosmetic concerns like sun damage, wrinkles, acne scars, and discoloration. Because the laser breaks up areas of dark or discolored pigmentation, it’s also ideal for tattoo removal. Unlike other lasers, PicoSure is safe for all skin tones and types.

PicoSure removes imperfections without damaging the surrounding skin, so it has fewer risks and minimal downtime. These benefits make PicoSure an excellent choice for almost anyone looking for smoother, clearer, and brighter skin on areas like their face, neck, chest, legs, arms, and hands.

Since PicoSure has a rapid recovery time and little to no side effects, most patients can resume their typical daily activities immediately after their appointment. However, you’ll still want to avoid doing some things to keep your treated skin looking its best. Here’s what to steer clear of.

1. Sun Exposure

Laser skin resurfacing will cause a heightened sensitivity to the sun, which can undo the benefits of your procedure if you aren’t careful. To get the best and safest results after a laser treatment, we recommend staying out of the sunshine for four to six weeks.

With fewer hours of sunlight per day, fall and winter are the ideal time to get laser skin resurfacing. However, if you are willing to limit your time outdoors and be diligent about applying sunscreen and shielding your skin from damaging UV rays, you can schedule your PicoSure treatment in spring and summer. If you plan to get PicoSure on your face, it’s a good idea to bring a broad-brimmed hat to protect it from the sun on your car ride home.

2. Irritants

After laser skin resurfacing, typical side effects include mild redness, swelling, and irritation. During this time, be gentle on your skin, and keep it clean and hydrated. Don’t use products containing ingredients like retinol or alpha hydroxy acid. Instead, moisturizers can form a protective barrier to care for your treated skin while it heals. Excellent post-treatment moisturizers should have ingredients such as petroleum, vitamins E and C, aloe, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid.

3. Picking, Scratching, or Rubbing the Treated Areas

Though minimal downtime is a significant benefit of the PicoSure laser, bear in mind that your skin may be more sensitive than usual for a week or two after your procedure. Don’t scratch, rub, or pick at it, as doing so could cause scarring, skin infections, and other unsatisfying results.

Learn More About PicoSure Laser Resurfacing in Denver

As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Schmidt is proud to use his experience to provide outstanding results with a patient-focused approach. To learn how to rejuvenate your appearance with PicoSure, schedule your consultation today.

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