Healing Gel Helps Reduce Redness After Laser Skin Resurfacing

CB005062If 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.

Further Reading

  • "The Doctors" TV show has been featuring several popular cosmetic and dermatology procedures over the last year, and recently showcased an innovative laser treatment for psoriasis. Dr. Susan Evans, a Beverly Hills cosmetic physician appeared on the show last week to discuss the benefits of a laser procedure that helps to remove the top layer of skin in the affected area to prompt a healing response.

  • Laser skin resurfacing treatments are among the most effective ways to get rid of fine lines, acne scars and blemishes. Some of the most innovative laser skin resurfacing techniques include the Lumenis UltraPulse C02 fractional laser, a powerful laser that can correct many imperfections, boost collagen production and tighten the skin after just a single treatment. The UltraPulse laser is available in only a few markets in the United States, but has recently been unveiled at the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England.

  • Laser treatments are among the most innovative and effective skin rejuvenation treatments available, and can help to address a number of skin conditions.