How to Take Care of Your Skin After a Procedure
As committed as you may be to your daily skin care regimen, there are certain skin conditions that require a more professional approach. And in recent years, whether it’s for health or cosmetic purposes, non-invasive dermatological procedures have seen a steady rise. Their growing popularity comes as no surprise, considering the numerous advancements in skin care technology, increased awareness on skin health, and the wellness-centered lifestyle movement that has been sweeping Hollywood and social media.
The appeal of non-invasive procedures lies in their ability to deliver fast, efficient, and noticeable results with minimal complications and downtime involved. That said, choosing to undergo more intense in-office treatments still require careful thought and thorough research—from estimating costs and finding the right doctor to understanding the risks and managing your expectations. And one important aspect to consider before getting yourself a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing is post-procedure skin care.
Post-Procedure Skin Care
Your post-procedure skin care routine can make or break the results of your chosen treatment. After all, even though those needle pens and chemical peels will ultimately restore your complexion to its radiant glory, your skin will still require an extra dose of TLC to repair and heal itself.
Below, we’ve listed down the most common non-invasive dermatological procedures and the kind of aftercare they require.
This treatment uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface or a vacuum to buff and smooth out the outer layer of the skin to improve texture and skin tone. Microdermabrasion is commonly done to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, and age spots.
Post-Procedure Aftercare: Because this treatment is considered safe for most skin types and does not go deep into the layers of your skin, it doesn’t often require drastic changes in your usual skin care routine. However, it’s important to avoid retinoid products and acids for 24 hours to avoid irritating your skin’s surface and to double down on sunscreen application.
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Botox or Fillers
A botox injection is the quickest way to shave years off your appearance by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, while fillers are used to add volume and enhance your facial contour.
Post-Procedure Aftercare: In both cases, your aftercare routine should focus on preventing any infection from forming and covering up redness. Hold off from applying your usual foundation or face powder for a day or two after treatment and opt for special post-procedure makeup instead.
In-office chemical peels vary in the type of chemical solutions used and depth of the treatment. Mild chemical peels typically use alpha and beta hydroxy acids to dissolve the glue-like substance that binds skin cells to the surface of the skin, allowing unhealthy ones to shed easily and revealing a more radiant appearance. This may leave your skin with some redness that quickly subsides.
On the other hand, more intensive peels are often used to target specific skin layers. It’s designed to induce your skin’s repair mechanisms and trigger the production of collagen. Patients may experience inflammation and mild discomfort in the first couple of days but will eventually subside within a week.
Post-Procedure Aftercare: It’s important to keep your skin clean, moisturized, and always protected from the sun to minimize damage and irritation. You’ll want to skip exfoliants, scrubs, retinoids, and acne treatments for a week as these can interfere with your skin’s natural healing process. Switch out your usual cleanser for a gentler foam wash with antibacterial properties to prevent infection. Adding an antioxidant serum to your AM and PM routines will also help with healing and skin repair.
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Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing
Ablative laser treatments (such as carbon dioxide and erbium lasers) work by delivering powerful wavelengths of light to the skin to remove the topmost layers of the skin. This procedure aims to improve the appearance and texture of aging or sun-damaged skin.
Post-Procedure Aftercare: Because this treatment is more intense than others, it can lead to swelling, itching, redness, scarring, and infection without proper post-procedure care. To prevent post-inflammatory pigmentation and scarring, it’s important to ask your dermatologist for their recommended products that target post-procedure concerns. You’ll want to do this prior to your treatment as you may need to apply some of them beforehand to prep your skin. Sun protection is also a must. Opt for sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher as your skin will need maximum defense from UV rays.
Healing form ablative laser treatments can take up to two weeks, so until then, keep retinoids, exfoliating acids, and other potentially irritating ingredients away from your skin and avoid unnecessary sun exposure.Medical Needling
Medical needling or collagen induction therapy is a type of treatment that uses a roller or electric device with tiny, pulsating needles to create microscopic holes in the dermis. This process triggers the skin’s natural repair and wound-healing mechanisms. The controlled micro-injuries induce the production of collagen to repair and fill in the holes, enhancing the skin’s appearance and restoring firmness and elasticity.
Post-Procedure Aftercare: Soothing the skin, reducing inflammation, and preventing infection and pigmentation are the main goals of your post-procedure skin care routine. Avoid potentially irritating ingredients like retinoids, alcohol-based toners, and products with glycolic, salicylic, and other exfoliating acids so as not to aggravate redness.
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This treatment uses ultrasound technology for precise targeting of the skin’s layers and is often used to improve fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest and raise drooping eyes and sagging skin. The controlled thermal injury causes the body’s repair mechanisms to kick in and triggers collagen production.
Post-Procedure Aftercare: This treatment leaves the surface of the skin intact and requires no downtime, so it doesn’t typically require any special post-procedure care. You can opt to apply a calming or cooling mask post-treatment to soothe the treated area before continuing with your normal skin care routine.
Before going ahead and booking your treatment, discuss all the required pre- and post-procedure skin care with your dermatologist. As some of these procedures can have side effects that include swelling, redness, and irritation, make it a point to ask your doctor what is or isn’t a normal reaction. Follow the instructions on your post-procedure kit, and don’t hesitate to call your doctor in case you experience any suspicious side effects.