- 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