The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

After your Laser treatment

The treated area should be looked after carefully until the skin has fully healed. Keep the area dry for 2 days. If the area gets wet, pat dry very gently with a clean soft towel or cloth. Avoid any tight clothing, injury, rubbing or scratching as this could result in scarring.

If the area is painful after treatment a covered home-made ice pack can be helpful (use for a maximum of 5 minutes per hour).

Avoid moisturiser, sun protection, camouflage or make-up for 2 days following treatment to prevent any rubbing/friction to your skin.

Avoid strenuous exercise, swimming, saunas, steam rooms and fragranced products to the treated area for 7-10 days.

Following your Laser treatment if you experience any swelling which lasts for more than 3 days, blistering, scabbing, crusting or weeping, you MUST contact the Laser suite as soon as possible. You may need a review appointment with the Doctor in the Laser suite and you may be given a prescription for medication.

If you are unable to contact the Laser suite and you speak to your GP or NHS helpline 111, please inform the Laser department as soon as possible.


Sun care instructions

We recommend a 5 star UVA rating and fragrance free SPF 50 sun protection.

Start to apply the SPF 50 / 5 star sun protection 2 days after your Laser treatment. Apply daily throughout the course of your treatment reapplying regularly throughout the day, regardless of the weather. Continue to use the SPF 50/ 5 star sun protection daily for 6 months after the end of your Laser treatment, as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun during this period.

We are unable to treat tanned skin, this includes natural tan, sunbed use and fake tan. These must be avoided for a minimum of 6 weeks before the start of your treatment.

If you attend for treatment with a tan, you will not be treated.

Laser department contact details

Treatment reactions only 

Laser suite 0113 39 24307

Monday-Thursday 8.00am-1.00pm

Friday 8.00am-11.30pm


Dr Urwin's secretary

0113 39 24371

Friday 11.30-4.00pm

If you cannot contact either of the above, contact your GP or the NHS helpline on 111.