The following simple guidelines will help your treatment go more smoothly:
- In the weeks before your procedure is scheduled, do NOT exfoliate.
- Visiting a sauna before treatment can aid fat elimination
- A month prior to your appointment, topical medications can be applied daily to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
- Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is always recommended
- Antiviral medication may be required orally starting the day of your appointment and procedure and continuing for 5 to 10 days thereafter.
- Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Adapalene and any other products containing Retinol, AHA or BHA and Benzol Peroxide should be avoided for several days before the procedure.
- Accutane should not be taken for 6 months before a deep chemical peel.
- Cold compresses or ice packs can be applied to reduce swelling and discomfort for the first day of two after the procedure.
- Patients typically experience mild swelling and a stinging or burning sensation for up to two hours after treatment. Swelling and bruises may be seen for 72 hours after the procedure.
- Do not wash or shower for a minimum of 4 hours after your treatment
- Arnica gel, or Sublingual Arnica 30, applied 3 times a day for 2 days after your procedure will help reduce bruising.
- Don’t take any anti-inflammatories such as aspirin or Motrin, or Vitamin E for 24 hours after the procedure. Painkillers such as Tylenol are acceptable for dealing with any discomfort. You may also be prescribed pain medication.
- Avoid hot tubs, saunas, jacuzzis and massages for 2 days after treatment.
- Warm baths and hot showers are recommended AFTER 48 hours, to help with the healing process.
- For two weeks after the procedure, avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds and saunas.
- For at least a week after treatment, avoid bathing in the ocean or open outdoor waters.
- Massage treated areas for 15 minutes daily for two weeks after treatment to boost fat elimination.
- Taking a 20 to 30 minute walk daily throughout treatment will help remove fat. But for 48 hours after treatment, avoid strenuous exercise that would cause sweating or increase your heart rate significantly.
- Walking 20-30 minutes daily during the course of treatment will aid in effectiveness. But avoid any strenuous exercise (anything that would cause you to sweat or increase your heart rate) for 48 hours after injections.
- 48 hours after injections, you can resume your typical physical activities.
- Should you develop any redness or small lumps, use warm compresses many times daily. If an open sore occurs, apply Polysporin Ointment (but NOT Neosporin) to the affected area along with the compresses.
- You may experience post-inflammatory nodules that indicate fat necrosis is occurring. These are a positive sign and will disappear within 30 days.
- Drink plenty of water for the first 24 hours after treatment.
- Increasing your intake of fiber will help bind to and remove toxins excreted in your gastrointestinal tract. A low carbohydrate, high protein diet for 72 hours after treatment is best.
- Your best results will come from drinking high protein shakes five times daily, along with one low carb meal of vegetables; a dressed salad, steamed vegetables and fish or chicken that has been baked or broiled. Avoid potatoes and bread. You will see positive results either way, however, the above dietary guidelines will optimize your results.
- To help your liver handle the increased load of toxins it will be dealing with, avoid alcohol. Results from treatment are typically noticed after your second or third session, roughly 4 to 5 weeks after your last treatment. Depending on your metabolism and body type, this may vary.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or contact our office. 888-406-4801.
Meet Dr. Ataii
Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe
P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic.View Bio