Aftercare Tips.

Aftercare Tips.

Aftercare Tips.

Tattoo Removal Aftercare

The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which last for several minutes. Many clients then developed blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8 to 72 hours, which may last for 1 to 2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur, and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within four weeks, although this may vary.

  1. Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic appointment up to three times a day for three days while the area is healing and you should keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for those three days.
  2. Blistering is common and is likely to occur eight hours after your treatment. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. Blisters indicate your body's immune system is healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your tattoo. It is natural for blisters to pop, and this helps the skin to heal faster in many cases. Continue to put antibiotic ointment over the blisters once they have popped for at least 24 hours. We do not recommend lancing or self-popping the blister(s). Allow this to happen naturally.
  3. 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).
  4. Do not pick up 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.
  5. Feel free to shower two hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools and any form of soaking aren't recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed. Noncompliance may increase the risk of infection.
  6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other aftercare instructions provided herein.
  7. Wear a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 or higher over the area for three months following the treatment do not wear make up or any cream or medication on or near the treated area unless recommended by our office for 48 hours. Keep in mind that any significant lightning of the skin (hypopigmentation) will return to over time up to six months.
  8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating affect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortizone cream on and immediately around the treated in area to help with the side effect.
  9. 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 our office immediately.
  10. Of course, if you have any extreme reactions not clearly listed here in, call 911 and go to the emergency department if our office is not immediately reachable.
Hair Removal Pre / Post Care

Pre-Care

  1. You must shave the hair of the body part to be treated. If you cannot shave yourself, then advise the technician and our staff prior to treatment in order to schedule extra time in the appointment and we can do it for you for a fee of $50 per area per occurrence.
  2. Do you not wax, pluck or use depilatories during your series of laser hair reduction.
  3. Avoid sun exposure for 1 to 2 weeks prior to treatment and use SPF 30 daily to ensure coverage against UVB and UVA rays.
  4. Do not use self tanning products for 1 to 2 weeks prior to and/or post treatment.
  5. Discontinue use of Tretinoin type products (Renova, Tretinoin, Retin A, Retin A Micro, Tri-Luma, Solage, etc.) or Hydroquinone at least 2 or 3 days prior to treatment.
  6. Any medications that are sun sensitive will also make you more sensitive to the laser. Please disclose any medications that you may be taking.
  7. If you have a history of cold sores, begin prophylactic treatment no later than the day prior to your laser hair treatment.
  8. Notified the center if you develop a cold sore, acne, open lesions in the area being treated, or experience any type of illness prior to your treatment.
  9. Longevity of Botox and filler's done anytime within six months prior to face treatment may be affected. Botox done within two weeks prior to treatment is not recommended.
  10. Remember, laser hair reduction is never 100%. Industry standard is 75 to 90% reduction. Not all hair follicles will be destroyed; hormones can cause hair to grow back.

Post-Care

  1. You may experience small red bumps around the hair follicle. This is normal and expected. Do not pick, rub or scratch these until they have cleared. Your skin overall may be sensitive for several days following your laser hair removal treatment.
  2. If your skin scabs or crusts, or you experience a burn, do not pick, rub or scratch these areas. Doing so can result in infection, permanent pigment changes in your skin or even scarring. Gently cleanse the area and apply hydrocortizone cream several times a day for one week. If the area is open, also apply a layer of antibiotic ointment over the hydrocortizone cream. Please contact us immediately if you experience any burns.
  3. Do not sunbathe or use a tanning bed for at least two weeks following your treatment. If you need to be out in the sun, wear an SPF 30 minimum.
  4. Avoid swimming, hot tubs and saunas for several days following your treatment.
  5. It can take several weeks for the hair in the treated area to "fall out" (Push up and out of the follicle). This timeframe is normal.
  6. Do not expect your hair to "not grow back" after a single session. Laser hair removal is a process.
  7. Subsequent treatment sessions should be 6 to 8 weeks if done on the face and 8 to 12 weeks if done on the body.
  8. Although rare, infection of the treated area is possible. Signs of infection may include redness and tenderness in the infected area and fever. Should you develop an infection, antibiotics may be necessary. Please contact us should you have any concerns.
Spider Vein Removal Aftercare
  1. You may experience redness in the treatment area which is normal and expected. Do not pick, scratch, or rub these areas until they have cleared. Your skin overall may be sensitive for several days following your laser spider veins treatment.
  2. If your skin scabs or crusts, or you experience a burn, do not pick, rub or scratch these areas. Doing so can result in infection, permanent pigment changes in your skin or even scarring. Gently cleanse the area and apply hydrocortizone cream several times a day for one week.
  3. Do not sunbathe or use a tanning bed for at least two weeks following your treatment. If you need to be out in the sun, wear an SPF 30 minimum.
  4. Avoid swimming, hot tubs and saunas for several days following your treatment.
  5. The results of laser treatment for spider veins are not immediate and very from client to client. After laser therapy the vessels underneath the skin will gradually change from a dark blue to light red color then eventually disappear in 2 to 6 weeks. This is a normal time frame.
  6. Do not expect your veins to disappear with one treatment. Spider vein treatment varies from client to client and some may need 1 to 3 or more treatments.
  7. Subsequent treatment sessions should be spaced apart every 30 days.
  8. Women who develop spider veins do so because they are prone to getting them. So, when we get rid of the veins using laser treatment, that underlying propensity for the veins to develop is still there.
  9. Although rare, infection in the treated area is possible. Signs of infection may include redness and tenderness in the infection area and fever. Should you develop an infection, antibiotics might be necessary. Please contact us should you have any concerns.
Photo Facial Aftercare

Primary healing is usually complete within a week or so. Multiple treatments may be required and can typically be done as frequent as once a week. Abiding by these instructions will reduce the risks of side effects, and improve results. A few things to keep in mind to ensure the best possible results:

  1. Use and reapply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher in between treatments. Doing so will reduce the likelihood of pigmentation issues resulting from UV exposure.
  2. Stop using exfoliant cream such as Retin-A and α-hydroxy acids at least three weeks prior to treatment and one week post treatment.
  3. No tanning or skin-tone modifying methods (i.e. spray tan, lotions) for two weeks prior and post treatment.
  4. For the first week, please avoid sun exposure (apply sunscreen immediately after treatment to help), exfoliation, aggressive scrubbing, shaving, waxing, swimming/hot tubs, and excessive exercise.
  5. Use a soothing lotion and cool compress if sensation is uncomfortable after the procedure. Avoid aggressive rubbing.
  6. Although unlikely, scabbing can occur. Don't pick or expose the scabbed area, as it may result in infection, scarring, or permanent pigment change. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
  7. Showering is fine after the treatment. Avoid hot, high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any form of soaking are not recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed as they may increase the risk of infection.
  8. Exercise is generally safe after treatment taking into account the other after care instructions provided here. Some bruising may be experienced if muscles underneath the treated area are exercised.
  9. Itching or irritation is possible due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area.
  10. If you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the office immediately.
Pigmented Lesion Aftercare

Laser treatments may create a superficial burn wound, or cause increased sensitivity to touch and sun exposure. An immediate welt can occur which will be raised and red. This usually lasts for the first couple of hours. The treated areas may scab or crust, which can then become pink or pale after the scab separates. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling, which usually fades over the first week of treatment. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or keloid in nature, my occur but are very rare. Pigmentation abnormalities can occur, but is temporary except in very rare cases. Primary healing is usually complete within a week or so. Multiple treatments may be required and scheduled with some regularity, typically every 3 to 4 weeks. Abiding by these instructions will reduce the risk of side effects, and improve treatment outcome. A few things to keep in mind to ensure the best possible treatment and removal outcome:

  1. Use and reapply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher in between treatments. Doing so will reduce the likelihood of pigmentation issues resulting from UV exposure.
  2. Stop using exfoliant cream such as Retin-A and α-hydroxy acids at least three weeks prior to treatment and one week post treatment.
  3. No tanning or skin-tone modifying methods (i.e. spray tan) for two weeks prior and two weeks post treatment.
  4. For the first week, please avoid sun exposure (apply sunscreen immediately after treatment to help), exfoliation, aggressive scrubbing, shaving, waxing, swimming/hot tubs, and excessive exercise.
  5. Use a soothing lotion and cool compress if sensation is uncomfortable after the procedure. Avoid aggressive rubbing.
  6. Should you scab, do not pick or expose the area. This may result in infection, scarring, or permanent pigment change. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
  7. Showering is fine after the treatment. Avoid hot, high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any form of soaking are not recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed as they may increase the risk of infection.
  8. Exercise is generally safe after treatment taking into account the other after care instructions provided here. Some bruising may be experienced if muscles underneath the treated area are exercised.
  9. If the area looks infected (honey colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience any unusual discomfort or bleeding, other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the office immediately.