Avoiding long healing times with fractionated CO2s.
Here’s the good news and the bad news on these lasers. Let’s do the bad news first and end on a positive note. 🙂
- They are extremely customizable, but thus dependent on the skill and judgment of the dermatologist handling the laser
- At their most aggressive end, the results and the prolonged healing times approach that of the older completely ablative CO2 from the 1990s and early millenium (you are experiencing this sadly)
- There is always a trade-off between results and downtime.
The good news:
- Generally this will heal nicely but stay in close touch with the ?dermatologist who did the procedure
- My bias is toward settings that give a good to excellent result with about 7-10 days of healing time and about a month of some mild sensitivty – this is easily achievable with these lasers
- It can really be customized to you and……..your skin will be better (but never, ever perfect).
Good products for sensitive skin include: Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser, Eminenece Blueberry Soy Organic moisturizer, and the Dermaquest Zinclear (pure zinc but not white 18%) sunscreen. More expensive but worth it in your situation.
Also, please …….seek out a board certified derm in your area! Your risks are less and plastic surgeons tend to not be strong in the laser area.