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How to Prepare for Laser Skin Resurfacing

The skin’s tone and texture are often damaged over time because of the effects of normal aging, UV rays, and other stressors in the environment. Lasers are ideal tools for addressing these and more issues that affect our skin, including everything from fine lines and wrinkles to sunspots and laxity. The goal is to create a healthier, more youthful looking complexion. The key to ensuring maximized results from these types of energy-based treatments is knowing how to prepare. In this post, we outline what patients should do before having laser skin resurfacing from our Philadelphia-areapractice. 

Set Up a Consultation 

The first thing patients should do is discuss laser skin resurfacing at our practice to find out whether they are eligible for this treatment. It’s important to share if you are at risk of getting cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth, because laser treatments can cause flare-ups of these conditions. Find out about the pros and cons of the procedure and ask about recovery time. 

Don’t Take Some Medications

Up to 10 days prior to laser skin resurfacing, patients will be asked to avoid taking certain medications and supplements that are blood thinners—like aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E—if it is medically safe to do so. You will also need to refrain from taking medications that increase photosensitivity for three days before your appointment.

Start Certain Medications 

On the other hand, we might recommend that you start taking an antibiotic medication to lower the risk of bacterial infection or an antiviral medication if you are more susceptible to cold sores or fever blisters. 

Avoid Tanning 

For up to a month before a laser skin treatment, you will need to avoid tanning or any heavy, unprotected sun exposure. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day to protect your skin. Recent exposure to sunlight can put you at risk of burning, scarring, and skin damage from lasers, because the pigment will make your skin more sensitive to heat. 

Planning a laser treatment to undo summer skin damage? Contact Cross Medical Group to learn more about the advantages laser skin resurfacing in the Philadelphia area or other skin resurfacing procedures. Call us at (215) 561-9100, or submit a contact form to request a consultation so that we can help you choose the right laser treatment for your skin type. 

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