Pre & After Care All Services

 

 

HAIR REMOVAL

Pre-treatment instructions:

Please do not do any waxing, plucking or sugaring for 6 weeks before laser treatment, because hair follicles which do not have hair shafts in them to absorb energy will not be killed by the treatment.

Please try to minimize tanning for a week or two before treatment: a fresh tan can interfere a bit with the effectiveness of the treatment.

Please do not wear makeup on the areas to be treated, or at least wear makeup that is easy to remove. If makeup absorbs energy, less energy will reach your hair follicles and hair shafts, and if the makeup heats up it could irritate or burn your skin.

Please shave the areas to be treated the day before treatment or on the morning of treatment. This way, the skin will be less sensitive. Shaving before you come in also allows you to shape the exact area you want treated — this is sometimes very useful in areas like the hairline and sideburns, and in the bikini area. Please bring your razor if we find that you need to do touch ups. Excess hair above the surface of the skin absorbs and wastes energy, and reduces the amount of energy that reaches the hair root, where it is really needed. Excess hair above the surface of the skin also increases the chance of burning or irritating the skin.

 

 

Post-treatment instructions:

Redness often has faded greatly by the time you get home. It would not be uncommon for the skin to be slightly drier that evening and to require more of your favorite moisturizer,

The hair follicles may appear slightly more obvious or a bit pink for the next day or two, but this is seldom a cosmetic problem, and generally much less obvious than after waxing or sugaring.

Try to avoid tanning for a week or two after treatment, because occasionally the tan could be somewhat irregular (lighter and/or darker in the treated areas.)

Hair shafts will be released from hair follicles in the treated area for a week or two after treatment. You do not need to do anything, but you may gently exfoliate or shave the areas if you wish.

Shaving is OK between laser treatments. Plucking, waxing and sugaring should be avoided because these things could reduce the effectiveness of your next treatment.

Blistering or scaling after hair removal is very uncommon, but usually resolves over a few days or a week with a bit of Polysporin™ cream several times a day. Please call us if this happens, or if you have any other problems or questions.

 

TATTOO

Recovery from a  session is fairly quick. The treated area will be dressed with antibacterial ointment immediately following the procedure and the area should be kept clean to reduce the risk of infection. Pinpoint bleeding in the treated area may occasionally occur. Any scabs that form should not be picked or scratched.

The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some clients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 12-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common, and is usually temporary. Healing is usually complete by 6-8 weeks.

 Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then gently pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment up to three times a day while the area is healing if you keep the area covered with a sterile dressing.

You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take plain Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)

Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.

Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication unless recommended by our office for 48 hours.

Wear a sunblock with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment.

 

Avoid removing scabs and let any blisters clear on their own.

Failing to allow normal healing of the treatment site will increase the possibility of scar formation and can lead to infection. It may be necessary to use a dressing to protect the area if there is risk of damage.

If the area looks infected (honey colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the office immediately. Immediately after the treatment, you may notice the treatment area is red and swollen and will feel much like a sunburn. During the healing process, the treatment site may also form a crust, scab or even blisters. This is all part of the healing process.

Please contact us if there are any questions or concerns.

Under normal conditions, the process which breaks down the tattoo ink begins 2 weeks after the laser treatment. The ink will continue to evacuate until about the 6 week post treatment mark. For this reason, treatments are scheduled no closer than 6 weeks apart. If additional treatments are required after this 6 weeks, please contact us and schedule a follow up appointment.

PHOTOFACIAL:

PRE:

* Avoid the sun for 3-6 weeks before and after treatment.

* If you have a history of herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy [eg Valtrex or L-Lysine]  must be started the day before treatment as perscribed after treatment.

* The use of tanning creams, tanning beds,  or bronzers must be discontinued before and during treatments.

POST:

* Immediately after treatment there may be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site. This usually lasts 2 hours or longer. The erythema may last up to 10 days. The treatment area may feel like a sun burn for a few hours after the treatment, but will subside.

* Apply ice as needed.

* Hydrocortisone may be used for 3-5 days post treatment.

* No heat, such as saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, extremely hot showers, or strenuous activities. No prolonged heat for  a minimum of 48 hours post treatment.

* Avoid sun exposure to avoid hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation.

* Treat your skin gently for at least 24 hours after your treatment.

CHEMICAL PEELS:

PRE

***Absolutely Do not go to a tanning bed 3 weeks prior to or after any treatment
*Do not do facial waxing, electrolysis or use depilatories 5 days prior to or after treatment.
* Discontinue the use of Retin-A, Renova, Differin, and Tazorac 7 days prior to treatment.(consult your physician prior to temporarily discontinuing prescribed medications)
*Discontinue collagen injections, fillers, and botox 7 days prior to and after anytreatment.
*Discontinue the use of Biore’ and snore strips for 5 days post treatment.
* If you have had a peel or microdermabrasion in less that 14 days, you cannot receive treatment until 14 days post other treatments.

*A patient profile form will need to be completed before scheduling your first treatment. A PCA pre treatment regime needs to be followed to get the best results.

POST


*For 2 days post treatment Do Not apply ice or ice water to treated area, put your face directly into a hot shower spray, use a hot tub, steam room or sauna, go swimming, participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration, use loofahs or other means of mechanical exfolliation on the treated area, *stay cool! Heating internally can cause hyperpigmentation!


*Days 1-10 use your post procedure skincare kit
*Days 11+ return to your recommended daily care regimen.
*Absolutely Do Not pick or pull off any loosing skin post treatment, as this causes Hyperpigmentation!