- Avoid sun exposure (apply sunscreen daily and do not tan at all) for 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.
- Do not apply self-tanners or spray tans for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- You may use retinol up to the day of treatment and resume 1-2 days post-treatment.
- Depending on your skin type, a bleaching regimen may be started 2-6 weeks before treatment.
- If you have a history of cold sores, notify your provider. We may write you a prescription for prophylactic antiviral therapy to start on the day of treatment to prevent a flare-up.
- Photosensitizing medications (ie. doxycycline, tetracycline) should be discontinued 3 days prior to treatment.
- The heat from the laser pulses may be slightly uncomfortable during and immediately following treatment. Cold gel packs/ice can be applied to reduce discomfort.
- Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to minimize the risk of PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).
- Bruising, redness, and swelling are common and resolve with time.
- Avoid heat (hot tubs, saunas, etc.) and strenuous exercise for 1-2 days post-treatment.
- Avoid skin irritants (i.e., products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.) a few days post-treatment.
- Retreatment of vessels is not recommended prior to 4-6 weeks
- For leg vein treatments only
- Compression stockings (20-30 mm/hg) are optional.
- Avoid high impact activity for 3-5 days.
- Large leg veins may take many months to resolve and should not be re-treated before then.
- Treated areas may appear bruised or darker red following treatment. This discoloration will fade over the next few weeks. Brown discoloration may take several months to fade.
If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call our office: 888-406-4801