Week before treatment
Avoid sun exposure and sunless tanning. Sun burned or newly tanned skin will not be treated. All skin irritants must be stopped (glycolic/ salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol products such as Retin A, Tazorac, Triluma, Differin, and Vitamin C) on the area being treated Advise staff when taking antibiotics. Certain antibiotics (Tetracycline, Doxycycline) can make a patient photosensitive, therefore, treatment may not be able to done until two weeks after completion of antibiotic.
Day before treatment
Please let the staff know if you have a history of cold sores/fever blisters PRIOR to treatment, so an antiviral medication can be prescribed. Treatment cannot be done if you have an active cold sore or skin infection and will be rescheduled.
Day of Treatment
If this is your first treatment, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your treatment to take photos and make sure consents are signed. Do not wear any make-up or moisturizers on the area being treated, however, we have cleaners that can be used for you to remove in the office. If a patient chooses to use a topical numbing (aesthetic) cream or take an anti-anxiety medication, please arrive 15 minutes prior to treatment. Please purchase the topical aesthetic prior to treatment from our staff. Instructions will be given to the patient at the time of purchase to ensure proper application.
It is important to make a conscious effort to stay hydrated and have a healthy diet to support your body in collagen regeneration. Below are some collagen a skin boosting foods that may be useful:
Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables: As a natural consequence of inflammation from surgery, the body will temporarily produce higher levels of free radicals. You can help combat this and support oxidative balance by eating more antioxidant-rich foods such as spinach, kale and other leafy green vegetables, along with fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Vitamin A-rich foods: Vitamin A is essential for epidermal (skin) growth, aiding in the reproduction and differentiation of cells. It’s also an immune-booster and anti-inflammatory nutrient. Vitamin A-rich foods include kale, spinach, beet greens and other leafy greens, carrots, and squash.
Vitamin C-rich foods: While you may already know that vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis. During wound healing it also plays an additional role in helping to stabilize the structure of collagen and boosts your immune function. This works by sending in special immune cells that can assist with the wound healing process. Vitamin C-rich foods include bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, mustard spinach, broccoli, kale, parsley, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
It is normal for the area treated to have redness and swelling. It is uncommon for a blister or bruise to develop. Should you develop a blister, a topical antibiotic ointment such as polysporin can be used twice daily until it is healed. Ice packs should be avoided to maximize treatment results. Pain medication post treatment is not necessary.
Other important things to note are:
- Makeup can be applied immediately post treatment.
- Avoid UV sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment, and wear a daily sun protectant with an broad spectrum SPF 30 or above.
- Waxing, tweezing, and depilatory creams can be resumed 3 days post treatment.
- Avoid hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and exercise post treatment. However, all other normal activity can be resumed.
- A non-exfoliate cleaner and light moisturizer can be used the day of treatment. You can resume normal skin care the next day.
- All skin irritants (glycolic/ salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol products, or vitamin C) can be resumed 3 days post treatment.
- Please continue apply sunblock daily to maximize your results and minimize irritation.
- Botox, Dysport, chemical peels, and dermal fillers can be resumed 1 week post your treatment.
- A post procedure skin care regimen will be suggested by our staff to maximize and prolong your treatments and minimize complication.