Lasers are commonly used to treat skin conditions like rosacea and acne; they can also remove tattoos, freckles, birthmarks, and even unwanted hair. If you receive treatment from an experienced laser technician and follow their advised post-procedure instructions, laser skin treatments are typically safe. However, in my 21 years of experience, I’ve learned that no matter what the skill of the laser technician, patients who neglect proper aftercare are more likely to experience adverse effects. With that in mind, I believe it’s my job to educate my patients on proper laser aftercare.
The most common side effects patients sometimes experience immediately following their laser procedure are itching, redness and swelling. During your procedure, we’ll apply numbing cream to minimize any discomfort (if you need it). Some laser treatments are more painful than others (typically determined by the location of the treatment areas). Patients who experience post-treatment discomfort should take over-the-counter pain medication. Ice or a cold compress may also help. More