For many people, skin discoloration and sun damage can make it difficult to achieve a glowing complexion. For A.R., years spent in the sun caused brown spots, premature wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. She wanted to get back her younger-looking skin, so she decided to undergo laser skin resurfacing at board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Aycock’s practice in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
A.R. before her laser resurfacing treatment.
As a procedure, laser skin resurfacing is designed to remove the top layers of dead, dull, and/or damaged skin. With consistent treatments, patients can see remarkable improvements in a number of symptoms, including hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
A.R. went through a series of laser resurfacing treatments to target sun damage and discoloration. Her treatment progression was typical for laser skin resurfacing:
In all, A.R.’s recovery took about two weeks. During the first three to five days after her laser resurfacing treatments, she applied Dr. Aycock’s post-procedure balm, which helps to reduce swelling. Swelling around her eyes lasted for about five days, which is standard for laser skin resurfacing treatments.
A.R. used cold compresses and a low-sodium diet to reduce swelling. It’s also recommended that patients who undergo laser skin resurfacing sleep with two to three pillows, as this elevation can significantly reduce time spent recovering from swelling.
A.R. used gloves when touching her face. She was also advised not to wear makeup during the first seven days after her procedure, as it can irritate already-sensitive skin.
My experience at the clinic was actually fantastic. The technician, Ashley, was super friendly and talked me through the entire laser procedure, letting my know step by step what she was doing, what was happening, and what effect it was going to have on my skin. As soon as I had a question about what was going on, she’d obviously fielded similar thoughts from previous patients before, because she would inform me before I would even ask the question. I was in and out in no time at all, but not all rushed. It was easy, convenient and just all-round a really great experience. It’s nice to be taken care of by professionals who just handle everything in their stride. Highly recommend 🙂