Preparation, Treatment & Recovery
In the beginning, a consultation with the doctor is scheduled. The doctor will discuss with you what areas you would like to improve and how you can achieve the best result.
Once your laser treatment is scheduled, you will be given four prescriptions to begin preparing for the laser treatment. These prescriptions include:
**These creams should be used approximately four to six weeks prior to the laser treatment and then started again approximately two weeks after the treatment when necessary.
- Retin A: This is a cream that is used in the evening before you go to bed and can be applied to the areas to be treated or on the whole face. This cream helps prepare the skin for the laser treatment by
causing the upper, dead layers of skin to peel and flake. It also aids with healing after the laser treatment.
- Hydroquinone: This is a cream that stops the production of pigment in the skin. This will prevent the skin from hyperpigmenting (turning dark brown) after the laser treatment.
- Antibiotic: This is a tablet started one day prior to the laser treatment - for 10 days This helps prevent any infection or clogging of pores after the laser treatment.
- Antiviral: This is a tablet started one day prior to the laser treatment - for 10 days. This helps prevent a breakout of cold sores. (lf you have EVER experienced a breakout of a cold sore, please notify the doctor).
- Mixture of 100% Petroleum jelly & mild cortisone cream to be used excessively for the first 10-14 days.
Some of the most common areas treated are: the mouth area, the lower eyelids and crows feet area or a full face laser resurfacing.
The cost of the treatment also depends on the area to be treated and will be discussed at the initial consultation.
All treatments are done at our state of the art theatre at the PE Eye & Laser Institute. We prefer to do most of the treatment under a general anaesthesia, but smaller areas and procedures could be done under local anaesthesia.
Once the laser treatment is completed, you will need some time for healing. The healing phases are divided into these:
Follow-up appointments are generally scheduled at one week then three to six weeks following your treatment.
- First 48 hours: You will experience a burning sensation like a severe sunburn (this usually subsides after 48 hrs). If your eye area is treated, you can expect them to be very swollen for two to three days.
- 8 - 10 days: You will experience oozing and crusting of the treated areas. These areas will appear very raw and crusty and must be kept moist with vaseline. The severity usually depends on the depth and extensiveness of the treatment.
- 10 - 14 days: The crusting has usually subsided and you can begin to apply makeup. You will find that it will be difficult to keep makeup on until about the 14th day due to the continued healing of the treated areas. The treated areas will appear very red at first and will need to be covered with makeup. The areas will also be very tight and dry and a good moisturizer will need to be applied under your makeup.
- 14 days 6 weeks: The treated areas will still be healing. They will be very red and dry, but over a six to eight week period this will gradually subside and can be covered with makeup. (A green based cover up makeup can be purchased from most cosmetic lines that is worn under your regular makeup and will help cancel out the redness of the treated area).
It is vitally important to stay out of sunlight for the first 10 days and thereafter a Sun Factor of 15-30 should be used daily for 3 - 4 months and a wide brimmed hat must be used outside. An aftercare service by a trained nursing sister is available if necessary - especially for the first 48 hours.
Patients undergoing eyelid surgery only will receive an eye drop and eye ointment to be used 4 times a day.
If a skin resurfacing of the lower lid and/or crows feet are done simultaneously, and antibiotic to drink and petroleum jelly is added.