Question: I peeled off my scabs the sixth day after my CO2 laser treatment. Now, I am worried about marks. Should I be worried? (Now the skin looks red underneath, and I am very worried all my 6 days of effort will go waste.)
Answer: Peeling off your scabs is generally not recommended. But, you are not alone, most patients still do it. It is important, after treatment, to create the best conditions for healing. Picking scab, ultimately changing skin conditions, can tear away some of the healed skin. It can cause a setback, or worse, create scarring. Your cause for concern is justified, but there are steps you can take to prevent poor results.
Be sure to clean the area daily. Using a gentle cloth, and a patting motion you should rinse the area. Moisturizing can prevent scarring. Another important step would be to contact your physician. Your practitioner should offer guidance and help. Follow his advice carefully for best results.
During the rest of your healing process, try to avoid picking any other areas. This can slow down the healing process, instead of expediting it – eliminating the chance of scar formation. Do not worry too much, however. Most of the time, these things heal remarkable well.