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How To Care For Your Skin After Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

How To Care For Your Skin After Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

Non-ablative laser treatments like the Fraxel 1927 are non-invasive advanced cosmetic procedures. This technique helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, visible scars, hyperpigmentation, sun-damaged skin, and Actinic Keratosis. Non-ablative lasers use light energy which stimulates the production of collagen in your skin and although this treatment is non-invasive, your skin will require some special care during recovery. To ensure optimal results and post-treatment recovery, give your skin some extra attention at home. Here is what you can expect after a non-ablative laser session and how to care for your skin in the weeks following treatment.

Post-Non-Ablative Laser Care

The First Week After Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

  • For about 7 days after treatment, your skin may feel like it has been sunburned and you may experience some bleeding, oozing, swelling, and redness. Most of these symptoms should subside within the week, although redness may persist for another week.
  • Painkillers and a cold compress can be used to help relieve pain and swelling, but don’t place ice directly against the skin, as this can cause damage.
  • During the first week after non-ablative laser treatment, it is best to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities.
  • You will not be able to shower for the first 48 hours after treatment and you need to avoid using very hot water or spraying water directly onto the treatment area for the first week.
  • Keep your skin hydrated by using high-quality skin care products and drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid touching your face and only do so with washed hands to prevent the deposit of oil or bacteria on the skin.

The Second Week After Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

  • After 2 weeks, collagen production will be well underway and many people see results by this time. The surface of your skin should be fairly healed, although you may still experience some redness.
  • You can return to your regular workout routine at this time.
  • When washing your face, use a gentle cleanser. At this point, you can spray your face with water.

One Month After Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

  • Results will be visible and you can feel the increased firmness of your skin at this point. All redness should be gone and you should be able to return to your regular face care routine.
  • Patients requiring more than one treatment session can have another session at this point.
  • It is recommended to avoid the sun for about 4 to 6 weeks after treatment. If you do go into the sun, ensure you are using a high-quality sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.

Non-Ablative Laser Treatment In Kelowna

Whether you want to restore a youthful glow or you want to address skin imperfections, non-ablative laser treatment can deliver long-lasting, high-quality results. This treatment method is a quick and efficient way to create natural-looking results without surgical intervention. At Okanagan Skin Care Centre, we analyze your skin to create customized Fraxel Laser Therapy treatments and we work with you to deliver ideal results. To learn more about this procedure and explore if it’s right for you or to book a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists, nurses, or skin care specialists, call 1-250-868-9290 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Is Fraxel Laser Therapy right for me?
A: One of the greatest benefits of Fraxel Laser Therapy is that it can be used safely on all skin types and skin tones. However, every individual patient’s skin is unique and there are many factors that will contribute to how your skin looks and feels after a Fraxel treatment, including your:

  • Genetic makeup
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Personal and family history
  • Book your free consultation to determine if Fraxel 1927 treatment is ideal for you.

Q: How many non-ablative laser treatments will I need?
A: The number of Fraxel laser treatments required varies from patient to patient, but optimal results are seen after at least 2 to 5 treatments. The duration of the Fraxel laser treatment varies depending on the size, location, and condition of the affected area and one session can last anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

Q: Is there anything I need to do to prepare for non-ablative laser treatment?
A: There are a few helpful steps you can take before your treatment to help facilitate optimal results, such as staying out of the sun before treatment. Read 4 Things To Do Before a Fraxel Laser Treatment to learn more.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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