Preprocedure Skin Care

Prepping the Canvas

Opinions vary on whether pre-treating the skin improves outcomes of ablative laser procedures, but the literature does offer some guidance.
Preparing the Skin for Laser Resurfacing

The value of pretreatment skincare protocols for ablative laser procedures has been debated for decades. In 1998, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser Center published the results of a survey and literature review on the effect of pre- and postprocedure skincare protocols in laser skin resurfacing (Dermatologic Surgery, February). The two main reasons postulated for treating the skin before invasive procedures are faster healing and less risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).