When it comes to lasers, by this time I know the drill. If I had been using Retin A or Triluma on my hands, I would have had to stop 2-3 days earlier. One hour before the treatment I dabbed on a numbing cream made with lidocaine. ( Its available only with a prescription). Dr Marmur slipped on a pair of red goggles, gave me a pair to put on and aimed a YAG laser at the top of my hands. I hardly felt a thing. I’ve got a pretty low tolorance to pain, so if I say somethings doen’t hurt, trust me, it doesn’t hurt.
As I sat in the treatment chair, the spots turned white and crusty. Dr Marmur gave me tubes of Aquaphot to put on the fried spots and a packet of large, self adhesive bandaids to cover the tops of the hands. By the time I was at the elevator the lasered skin started to feel raw and burned. I looked forward to putting on a soothing swipe of Aquaphor gel. As soon as I treated the spots and topped them with the Telfa bandage, the discomfort disappeared.
I had forgotten that I had agreed to go to a cocktail reception that night. Too bad little white gloves are out of fashion. I pulled the sleeves of my sweater over my knuckles and off I went. Nobody commented on my hands, but covering my hands with a sweater certainly slowed my nibbling at the buffet– which was probably not such a bad thing.