After the procedure, a healing moisturising cream is applied to relieve the heat felt on the skin and speed up the healing process.The face will become red and swollen and will remain that way for about 5 days. During this time, you should expect to feel some tenderness in the skin of the face. To prevent excessive swelling, you will be encouraged to sleep with your head elevated, use ice packs and continue with lymphatic massage.
The skin will become weepy and should be kept clean. Protective skin creams should be applied at regular intervals during your recovery to encourage healing of the skin.
Approximately one week must be spent indoors, with several trips to my office to check on your progress. Many patients can leave the house after a week, with concealer makeup and sunblock on. Return to work is possible after around 7 to 10 days, it is however important not to have unnecessary sun exposure for 3 months.
It takes up to 6 weeks for the face to feel normal, and redness can take up to 3 months to clear. The effect of a smoother healthy skin is apparent after a few weeks and can last for a few years.
If you do have any questions, you can consult our general recovery page. However, if you are concerned about anything during your recovery, please contact the practice as soon as possible.