2940 Ablative Laser

DO NOT undergo this procedure if you have been treated with Accutane within the last 2 months.

DO NOT use exfoliants such as retinol, all topical acne treatments, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and hydroquinone for 3 days prior.

DO NOT wear makeup, mascara or eyeliner.

Shave any hair in the area being treated.  For men, this may mean shaving twice.

Avoid tanning or tanning bed use before the laser procedure for 6 weeks before treatment.  Please avoid direct sun exposure and tanning all together for the ultimate skin health.

Let our team know if you have a history of cold sores, as you may need to pre-treat with an oral anti-viral medication.

Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Post Treatment Guidelines

Use ice packs to reduce swelling as needed in the first 24 hours.

Expect oozing and crusting of the skin for 4-7 days.  Redness may last 2-3 weeks, and in some cases, even longer.

Apply healing cream (restorative ointment, Aquaphor, etc) three times a day for 1 week.

Use hydroquinone cream 4% if a darker skin type (prescription can be provided).

You can use vinegar and water solution soaks to reduce stinging, itching and crusting.  Vinegar and water soaks are made by soaking multiple washcloths or gauze in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for every 2 cups of distilled water.  Apply soak 3-5x/day.  A pre-mixed solution will be provided if this is recommended.

Avoid all sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment.  Wear a broad-rim hat and sunglasses.  Apply SPF 50 with at least 4% zinc oxide. 

Take Tylenol and/or Advil as needed for pain.

Use sunscreen once the skin is completely healed, about 7 days after procedure.

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. (Approx. 1 week)

Additional Post Care

The treated area is extremely delicate and must be handled with care during the initial healing phase.   It may take a few weeks after bruising or scabs to disappear for you to notice fading of your lesion.  Furthermore, it takes time for collagen remodeling and production to occur, and so results can improve over the first 3-6 months.

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 of how extremely delicate your skin is while healing.  Avoid hot tub or sauna for at least one week.

Mineral powder makeup may be used 24 hours after the treatment after you quit swelling and unless there is epidermal bleeding.  It is recommended to 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 use irritants such as Retinoids, Benzoyl Peroxide or astringents/acids for two weeks after treatment.