Avoid extended sun exposure/self tanning for 2 weeks prior to your treatment, i.e. beach, travel to sunny locations, sunbathing, sports outdoors. Use sunscreen when out in the sun prior to treatment.
Inform your provider of any medical conditions or medications you are taking that might sensitize you to light (especially Accutane in prior 12 months), affect wound healing or affect coagulation.
Arrive at your appointment with a clean, makeup-free canvas. (Please no products on your face at all.)
Cleanse the skin two times a day with plain, lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser, beginning the morning after the treatment. Use your hands and gentle patting motions. DO NOT rub, scrub, use an exfoliant or skin care brush on the treated area.
Moisturizer should be applied generously with clean hands over treated area and reapplied whenever your skin feels dry. DO NOT apply any other products that were not instructed by your provider - eg. essential oils, coconut oil, etc. You can resume your normal product regimen after 7 days—resume retinol at 14 days.
Sunscreen is a MUST and should be used daily beginning the day after treatment and used consistently for up to 3 months post procedure. Use a physical sunscreen with Broadband UVA and UVB protection and a SPF of 30. Ensure to reapply during sun exposure.
• Make-up can typically be worn once the peeling process is complete
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat or protective clothing for 2 months post treatment to avoid blistering, scarring, hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation
• When showering, avoid getting shampoo directly on the treated area
• Avoid strenuous exercise and sweating until after skin has healed
What to expect & what you should so.
Feeling of warmth.
What to expect. The treated area may be extremely warm for 1-2 hours after the treatment. Warmth may continue for 12-24 hours after the treatment.
What to do. Cold compresses may provide comfort during this time. Also, a mineral water spray might provide some relief and much needed moisture to the skin.
What to expect. Redness is normal and expected. Redness generally increases in intensity for the first few days after treatment with day 3 usually being the most intense. Redness can persist for up to 7 days depending on the intensity treatment.
What to do. Use gentle cleansers and keep your skin moisturized and out of the sun which will allow your skin time to heal and limit further stress on your skin.
What to expect. MENDs (microscopic epidermal necrotic debris) will appear on the 2nd or 3rd day after treatment as tiny dark spots and bronzed appearance to the treated skin.
What to do. MENDs are part of the healing process where treated tissue is working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated. During this time, your skin will be very dry and feel like sandpaper before flaking and peeling off. Keep your skin well moisturized to support the healing process. Do not pick at your skin.
Possible side effects.
What to expect. Swelling is common and expected immediately after treatment.
What to do. Use of a cold compress will help to relieve the swelling. To avoid further swelling, you may choose to sleep in an upright position the first 2-3 nights after the treatment. The first morning post treatment is when swelling is more prevalent, especially under the eyes. Swelling may last 2-4 days.