Question: I have read about the new Fraxel laser and would like the skin resurfacing procedure done. I am 69 years old and believe that I want the deepest treatment, Fraxel repair. I am retired so I will not need to take time off of work but I have a busy social calender. How long will I need to stay home after the procedure? Can I use makeup during this time if I need to go out briefly?
Answer: Everybody is different but for the most part if we perform a deep Fraxel repair type of a resurfacing, patients can expect anywhere from 3 to 6 days of oozing from that area and due to the fact that the skin oozes it is quite difficult to cover with makeup so we do tell patients to expect about 4 to 5 days of some minor downtime. Once the oozing resolves, cover makeup can easily be applied to camouflage any mild redness.