- Avoid sun exposure (apply sunscreen daily and do not tan at all) for 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.
- Do not use any retinol or retinoid products on the area to be treated for 48 hours before 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.
- You must notify the technician if you have had any cosmetic tattooing on or near the area to be treated.
- Photosensitizing medications (doxycycline, tetracycline) should be discontinued 3 days prior to treatment.
- Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and moderate swelling at the treatment site, which may last for up to 3 days. The treated area may feel “sunburned” for a few hours after treatment. You may use Tylenol or Ibuprofen to control any discomfort.
- Sometimes swelling develops the day after treatment. It can be minimized by sleeping on your back, antihistamines, and cool compresses.
- Makeup may be used immediately after treatment unless there is epidermal blistering. NEW makeup is recommended to reduce the possibility of infection.
- Showers are permitted, but gently pat the area dry. Do not rub as the area is extremely delicate while bruising or red discoloration is present.
- Sunscreen of SPF 30 must be used continuously after treatment to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darkened pigment). Use sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide every morning and reapply after 2 hours of continuous sun or after workouts or sweating.
- Pigment from sun damage may darken for the first 24-48 hours after treatment. It will quickly break up into coffee ground appearance and flake off with regular cleansing. Do not use abrasive scrubs or pick at the area.
- You may resume use of retinoids 48 hours after treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call our office: 888-406-4801