• 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 four weeks prior to treatment.
  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.).
  • Depending on your skin type, a bleaching regimen may be started two to six 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.
  • Notify clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment
  • Photosensitizing medications including doxycycline and tetracycline should be discontinued three days prior to treatment.


  • Immediately after treatment a whitish “frosting” may occur over darker pigmentation. Mild to moderate redness and swelling may be seen. Pinpoint bleeding may also occur. 
  • A cool compress may be applied and Tylenol is recommended for discomfort. 
  • Avoid sun exposure for 2 to 4 weeks following treatment and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen every day.  Reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours.
  • If blistering or scabbing occurs, do not pop or pick at the lesion. Keep the area covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.
  • No swimming or using hot tubs/whirlpools until the area heals.
  • Avoid skin irritants on treated areas (products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.) until the skin is fully healed and all crusting has resolved.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call our office: 888-406-4801


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