I am 69 years old and believe that I want to have laser skin resurfacing. I am retired so I will not need to take time off work, but I have a busy social calendar. 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?

Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option for you to address fine lines/wrinkles, texture issues, pigmentation, and sun-damaged skin. I recommend you take approximately 7-10 days off from your social calendar. This social downtime is due to the fact that you will not be able to wear make-up during the peeling process of the skin. The peeling process is usually complete by the seventh day. After peeling, you may experience persistent redness that lasts for weeks; however, you can wear makeup to hide areas of redness once the peeling is complete.

Posted by Rami K. Batniji, M.D., F.A.C.S.