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.
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.
To learn more about laser skin resurfacing treatments, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Aycock in Walnut Creek, CA (925)-937-8377 or Greenbrae, CA (415) 925-1700.
Dr. Aycock serves the greater San Francisco Bay area.