Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

3 Ways to Recover After Laser Skin Resurfacing

We are constantly reminded that we are getting older every time you see yourself. One of the first places it can be seen is on your face. Wrinkles and aging skin are dead giveaways and reminders. There are also people who deal with sun-damaged skin from being outside too often. This can also take a toll on how you look.

Fortunately, laser skin resurfacing can resolve these issues so you look younger, which could potentially help you feel younger. Laser skin resurfacing is a medical and cosmetic procedure that requires the use of a laser to reduce the visibility of wrinkles, acne scars, blotchy patches of skin, birthmarks, and fine lines on your face.

If you’re considering having this procedure performed on yourself, then you should know everything about the process, including how to recover properly. Here are three things you would have to do to make the most out of laser skin resurfacing.

  1. Clean the Area While You’re Recovering

You will need to keep the area clean after your surgery so it will heal properly and you can see the results of the work. Using saline or a diluted vinegar solution two to four times a day is highly suggested. Your surgeon can give you more detailed instructions that you should follow.

  1. Elevate Your Head at Night

You don’t want to have your head flat because if you roll over, you could position your face directly into the mattress, which could be counterproductive. Elevating your head with an extra pillow can help resolve this issue as well as reduce swelling. If resting in a recliner instead of a bed for the first two nights would help, consider doing so with at least one pillow.

  1. Use Ice Packs for the First Two Days

There is a chance you could see side effects such as swelling around the area that was resurfaced. Using ice packs can decrease the swelling so you can heal faster. You should never place any ice directly on the skin. Make sure it is an ice pack that is recommended or approved by your surgeon.

  1. Stop smoking.

Smoking isn’t good for you in general, but you should avoid it at all costs after your procedure is finished. Smoke from tobacco products can and will complicated the healing process by restricting oxygen to the cells and tissues. Nicotine cigarettes can also restrict blood flow, which is vital for your recovery. You should stop smoking before your procedure, so you’ll be less likely to smoke after. If you don’t feel you can quit, reconsider the procedure. 



Dr. Ruth Hill Yeilding, a popular facial plastic surgeon in the Orlando area, is a master of laser skin resurfacing. She can perform this safe and effective procedure so you can reap the benefits that you deserve. You can see some of the before and after photos from a few of her patients at www.yeildingmd.com. For more information as well as to set up a consultation for yourself, please call 407-560-1000 today.

Dr. Yeilding is looking forward to meeting you!