On Day 6 after the YAG laser treatment, the spots on my hands are totally painless, a bit less red, but still attract shock and awe. ( I think its part of the fear of bed bugs thing) The big boy bandaids that I bought at CVS covered my hands, but the adhesive edges irritated the lasered areas. The dressings provided by Dr Marmur after the procedure did a much better job, but turned out to be hard to find. Finally located them at a local surgical supply store. Dr M had tried to give me a supply of these Telfa dressings, but I choose that moment to go macho– and waved off the need for a covering. Memo to me: if a doctor offers a supply of fresh dressings after a treatment, don’t be stupid– just take them.
I am going to the HBA, an international cosmetic and beauty conference in New York this week and my hands are still pretty lurid. Once the spots fade I am going to use a 100SPF Sunscreen on the tops of my hands during the day, and apply Retin A at night. My hands are going to look young and beautiful– just not this week. I think that as a rule of thumb you should not schedule a laser treatment less than two-three weeks before an event.