If you’ve been considering laser skin resurfacing treatments in order to get rid of wrinkles, reduce fine lines and eliminate age spots, you may have been put off by some of the side effects. Laser skin resurfacing is a relatively aggressive skin treatment that works by completely peeling away the top layer of skin using a high-powered laser energy device. The most common side effects of this procedure are redness and irritation because the skin is fairly damaged immediately after the procedure and the healing process can be slow. Some medical aestheticians and doctors will use a cooling fan over the skin to reduce side effects, but the skin will remain swollen and red for several hours and days, regardless.
Now, a gel called Control Tactics has been developed by the company Prescribed Solutions. This gel is infused with essential vitamins, additives and compounds that promote healing, and is applied to the skin both before and after the laser skin treatment. The skin becomes slightly desensitized from the compounds within minutes of application, which means the entire laser skin resurfacing treatment will also be more comfortable for the patient.
The gel can be applied to the skin twice per day for up to four days prior to the laser treatment, and the several times for approximately three days after the treatment. Test results with the gel showed that patients experienced fewer complications after their treatment when using the gel, and only some experienced extensive swelling, redness and discomfort that is commonly associated with the procedure.
The Control Tactics gel is currently available through many medical spas and anti-aging clinics. It does not contain any steroids, and can be used on sensitive skin types and ethnic skin. No side effects have been reported to date, but some dermatologists are hesitant to use it until further testing is complete.