Erbium laser resurfacing treatments involve some downtime – meaning the amount of time before someone feels comfortable to return to their usual activities such as work or school. As with all ablative laser resurfacing procedures, downtime must be factor considered when choosing the appropriate laser treatment plan.
With the Erbium laser resurfacing (micropeel, most people require five to seven days of downtime to recover completely from the procedure. After the first 72 hours, we prefer the term “social downtime.” This implies that the skin has progressed nicely; however, one may not be comfortable with their appearance for the next few days. In our experience, most patients return to work/school on days 4 and 5.
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Although Erbium laser resurfacing results in extreme redness immediately following the treatment, the redness progressively fades with each passing day which enables most to return to their activities within 5 days. When preparing for any ablative laser resurfacing procedure, make certain that you are provided with the necessary information to plan your schedule accordingly to fully recover. Observing photos of how you may look during the healing phase is also a good idea.
One word of caution, even though your skin may be completely healed and several days (if not weeks post-treatment), do not forget to be diligent with sunscreen and sun avoidance to protect your investment – your skin.
Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C
Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer