The day fter the laserering of my hands, the spots feel totally healed. They still look pretty red, but they are not at all painful. Rather than cover them up with the dressings Dr M gave me, I decided to use the same concealer that worked so well when I lasered the age spots on my face– and off I went for the day.
The no- bandaid decision was probably not my best idea. The concealer quickly wore off and I realized that my raw laser treated hands were getting way to much exposure to UV rays. I ducked into Hampton Chutney, an UWS restaurant for lunch and was halfway thru my sandwich and perfect Indian ice coffee when a preganat woman stopped by my table.
“Excuse me, but this is the only empty table ” she said hesitantly, gesturing to the table next to me. ” And well, I am wondering, are your contagious ?” she stammered pointing in the direction of my red spotted hands.”
“No, I’m not contagious, just vain” I tried to explain. She looked unconvinced as she kept scannning the room for another table. Fortunately for the both of us, a table opend up across the room, and she hustled to claim it.
My red spots continued to attract unwanted attention. On line at Zabar’s, the iconic food store, a man with a Yankee cap asked “are those bed bug bites?” I gave up and headed to the closest pharmacy to buy the biggest bandaids I could find. Tomorrow I am going to start out the day with a dressing covering the spots. When they are no longer so much attention getting, I am going to protect them with a physical sunblock like Neutrogena for Sensitive Skin Sunscreen. It is free from all chemical sunscreens which can be irritating to laser treated skin– and gets it sunblocking abilities from zinc oxide. Skin treated with lasers is especially vulnerable to UV damage and I’ve worked hard to make my hands young and smooth. Skin treated with Retin A or Tri-luma also has increased sun sensitivity -especially when you just start using them- and might be happier with a physical, rather than chemical sunscreen.