CO2 Laser Aftercare

  1. Apply polyfax plus twice daily till skin is healed.
  2. Immediately after your CO2 treatment expect to experience significant redness and scabbing for 1 to 10 days. 
  3. Your skin may feel itchy in the early healing phase.
  4. Sleep with head elevated with pillows or in a recliner for the first night to reduce swelling.
  5. Start using sunscreen with zinc oxide after skin is fully recovered (5-10 days post treatment) and continue for at least two weeks after your procedure. Avoid DIRECT sun exposure for at least one month after the procedure. Lifetime daily sunblock use is recommended to prolong your results and protect your skin from photo-aging. 
  6. Use a diluted vinegar solution (one glass water and 1 tablespoon vinegar) and gauze pads to gently cleanse the skin 4 times a day beginning the night of, or morning after your CO2 procedure.
  7. Clean the skin by gently removing polyfax plus with a gauze pad soaked in the diluted vinegar solution. 
  8. Do not scrub or pick off the dead skin, allow it to exfoliate as part of the natural healing process. It will take multiple passes of the gauze over the skin to remove all the emollient cream. 
  9. After removing the polyfax plus, reapply fresh polyfax. 
  10. There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently. 
  11. Avoid scrubbing or trauma to the treated area.
  12. Avoid all skin care creams, makeup, and face washes for 5 days.
  13. Avoid makeup for 7-10 days, and then use only on intact skin.
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