During your consultation please inform your provider if you have a history of Perioral Herpes to receive advice on antiviral therapy before treatment.
Use sunscreen/physical sun protection and avoid extended sun exposure, i.e. beach, travel to sunny locations, sunbathing, sports outdoors. As well, avoid the use of self-tanner ( spray tans, tanning lotion & tanning beds ) 4 weeks prior to treatment.
Arrive with clean & washed skin.
Inform your technician if any physician has ordered Accutane for you in the last 6 months. Or if any medical conditions or medications you are taking may sensitize you to light, affect wound healing or affect coagulation.
Sunscreen is a MUST and should be used daily beginning the day of treatment and used consistently. Use sunscreen with Broadband UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 30. Ensure to reapply during sun exposure.
After specific services the treated area is more prone to sunburn and pigmentation change. Please follow sun exposure directions given to you by your provider.
Cleansing the skin is important and we recommend two times a day with plain, lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser. Use your hands and fingertips to cleanse using gentle patting motions.
Treated area will exfoliate off the face in approx. 1 week & off the body in approx. 2-3 weeks. We recommend NOT to pick, rub, scrub, use an exfoliant soap or skin care brush in the treated area.
Moisturizer should be applied generously with clean hands over the treated area and reapplied whenever your skin feels dry.
Tips & Tricks:
◦ Avoid heat - hot tubs, saunas etc for 1-2 days
◦ Avoid strenuous exercise and sweating until after skin has healed.
◦ Use soft washcloth and towels to avoid any scrubbing.
◦ Wear hats or sun protective clothing post-treatment to avoid blistering, scarring, hyperpigmentation & hypo-pigmentation.
◦ Consult with provider about when to resume daily skin care regime.
Leg Vein Treatments Only:
◦ Compression stockings (20-30 mm/hg) are optional
◦ Avoid high impact activity for 3-5 days
◦ Hemosiderin staining (brown staining) may occur and usually resolves with time. Strict avoidance of sun exposure may decrease risk of Hemosiderin staining.
If the treated area is especially warm within the first 12 hours after the treatment, a cold compress or ice pack can be used to provide comfort.
If the skin appears red or swollen (sunburn sensation), an ice pack can provide comfort, same as Vitamin E or Aloe Vera applied to the treatment area. In rare cases, oral pain relievers, i.e. Extra Strength Tylenol or Advil, may be used.
In the unusual case of broken skin or blistering, contact the office immediately. Keep the affected area moist and avoid direct sunlight.
Follow your technician's aftercare plan until skin is completely healed – typically one week after the treatment. The skin on your body might take longer to heal, compared to your face.