Right after the procedure, your skin will be quite red and swollen, and eating and talking may be difficult. You’ll probably feel some tingling, burning, or aching; any pain you feel can be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy. The swelling will begin to subside in a few days to a week.
If you remember the scrapes you got when you fell down as a child, you’ll have an idea of what to expect from this type of surgery. A scab or crust will form over the treated area as it begins to heal. This will fall off as a new layer of tight, pink skin forms underneath. Your face may itch as new skin starts to grow, and Dr. Lesavoy may recommend an ointment to make you more comfortable. If ointment is applied immediately after surgery, little or no scab will form.
In any case, Dr. Lesavoy will give you detailed instructions to care for your skin after surgery. For men, this will include delaying shaving for a while, then using an electric razor at first. It’s very important that you understand Dr. Lesavoy’s instructions and follow them exactly, to ensure the best possible healing.
If you notice the treated area beginning to get worse instead of better – for example, if it becomes increasingly red, raised, and itchy after it has started to heal – it may be a sign that abnormal scars are beginning to form. Call Dr. Lesavoy as soon as possible, so that treatment can begin early.