Pre-Treatment Guidelines

  • DO NOT undergo this procedure if you have been treated with Accutane (isotretinoin) within the last 6 months.
  • DO NOT use exfoliants such as retinol, all topical acne treatments, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and hydroquinone for 1 week prior.
  • DO NOT wear makeup, mascara or eyeliner.
  • Do shave any hair in the area to be treated. For men, this may mean shaving twice.
  • Do avoid tanning or tanning bed use before the laser procedure for 6 weeks prior to treatment. Please avoid direct sun exposure and tanning altogether for ultimate skin health.
  • Do let our team know if you have a history of cold sores, as you may need to pre-treat with some oral anti-viral medication three days before your scheduled procedure.
  • Do take your prescriptions as prescribed.
  • Do arrange for someone to drive you to and from the appointment.

 

Post Treatment Guidelines

  • Do apply post treatment products recommended by our specialists.
  • Do use ice packs to reduce swelling as needed in the first 24 hours.
  • Do expect oozing and crusting of the skin for 4-7 days. Redness may last 2-3 weeks.
  • Do apply a healing cream (i.e. Restorative Ointment, Aquaphor, or other healing cream recommended) three times a day for 1 week.
  • Do shower as usual, using a gentle cleanser (cream cleanser) on the face.
  • Do avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment.
  • Do wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Do take Tylenol or Percocet as needed for pain, do NOT drive while on Percocet.
  • Do use sunscreen once the skin is completely healed, about 7 days after procedure.
  • Apply SPF 50 with at least 4% zinc oxide.
  • DO NOT undergo or use exfoliants, scrubbing, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facials, shaving, and waxing for 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
  • DO NOT use makeup until the skin is healed (approximately 1 week).

 

Additional Post Care Instructions

  • The treated area is extremely delicate and must be treated with care during the initial healing phase (7-10 days). It may take a few weeks after the procedure for bruising or scabs to disappear and for you to notice the fading of your lesions. Your response to treatment, therefore, will not be evaluated for at least 2 weeks, when the healing process is complete.
  • Apply Bacitracin, Polysporin, or Betamethasone ointment (not Neosporin). It is normal for the treated area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours. If needed, you can use a cold compress wrapped in a soft cloth for 10-15 minutes each hour for 4 hours. Avoid any trauma to the skin. Showers are permitted, but prolonged bathing is not advised. Gently pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • DO NOT rub with a towel or washcloth because the area is extremely delicate while healing. Avoid strenuous exercise, or massage.
  • For best results, avoid picking or “popping” any blisters on the treated skin. If any crusting occurs, apply antibiotic cream or Aloe Vera gel. Darker pigmented people may have more discomfort than lighter skinned people and may require Aloe Vera gel or an antibiotic ointment longer. Follow instructions as specified by your laser professional.
  • Unless there is epidermal bleeding, mineral powder makeup may be used 24 hours after the treatment, after your swelling decreases. It is recommended that you do not use liquid foundation makeup to reduce the possibility of infection and breakouts. Keep the area moist. Any moisturizer without alpha-hydroxy acids will work.
  • DO NOT tan or receive direct sun exposure to the laser-treated area in the future.
  • You will experience redness and bruising for five to fourteen days at the treatment.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for 1-2 months and throughout the course of the treatment so as to reduce the chance of dark or light spots. Use sunscreen SPF 50 at all times throughout the treatment when going outside. *reapply every 2 hours when outside.
  • Avoid tweezing, waxing, bleaching or chemical peels during the course of the treatment.
  • DO NOT use any irritants such as Retinoids, Benzoyl Peroxide or astringents/ acids for 2 weeks after treatment.
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