2 weeks prior to treatment:
Avoid sun-exposure or tanning beds.
2 days prior to treatment:
Discontinue retinoid medications eg. Retinol, Tretinoin (Retin-A/Atralin), Adapalene (Differin), Trazsarotene (Tazorac) etc. and over-the-counter anti-aging products containing retinol or retinaldehyde.
Day of treatment:
Thoroughly wah and dry skin to remove any makeup. Our office will provide/recommend sun-protection and/or mineral makeup that are approved post treatment.
After treatment, you may return to work or usual activities as long as you follow post-treatment guidelines provided.
Avoid heat and cool the skin during the first day after treatment. Application of cool gel packs immediately following treatment can help alleviate post treatment itchiness an tingling that may occur.
As healing occurs, avoid sun-exposure for minimum of 2 weeks.
Use covered or wrapped icepack and use only 10-25 minute intervals. (10 min on – 10 min off)
Edema (swelling), erythema (redness) and sometimes blanching (white appearance), is expected immediately post treatment and generally resolves within 24-48 hours. It can however last up to 3-5 days for some clients.
Sleeping with your head slightly elevated will help reduce the likelihood of puffiness.
PSF 30 or higher containing UVA/UVB protection with sun blockers such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide should be used for 2-4 weeks after treatment, and of course daily sunscreen year round is very important for optimal skin health and anti-aging.
Those prone to acne outbreaks should avoid heavy makeup or moisturizers for 24-48 hours post treatment.
Following a more aggressive treatment, it may be helpful to use some topical moisturizer or therapy (if directed) on the skin during the healing process to help minimize trans-epidermal water loss to reduce dryness or crusting.
To help remove debris and bronzing of the skin that can appesar 1-4 days after treatment, soak treated area for 5-15 minutes with wet washcloth, and then -very gently- exfoliate with the cloth to remove debris. Do not pick at or scrub the treated areas as this can result in scarring.
Stretchmarks & Scar Treatments:
Avoid tight-fitting clothes around the treated areas for three days after the laser treatment.
Those being treated may experience significant redness, broken capillaries and bronzing in the treatment area for approximately 3-5 days afterwards. This may persist in a mild form for several weeks particularly in the areas other than the face.
Once the treatment area has healed, some itching or dryness may occur. This will gradually clear. The use of non-irritating moisturizers may provide some relief.
1540 Possible Side Effects:
A risk of hyper, hypo, prolonged redness or itching.
A very low risk of burns, bruising or blistering may occur, some of which may result in scarring.
Redness or swelling immediately after treatment is expected and typically resolves over 1-3 days.
Bronzing, which is brown debris on the surface of the skin, may develop a few days post treatment. This is a desirable clinical end-point and will naturally exfoliate off over the next 7-14 days.
Risk of infection following treatment, potentially resulting in the side effects mentioned above.
Acne breakouts. (Avoid heavy makeup and using recommended products will reduce this risk).
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