4 WEEKS BEFORE TREATMENT
If you are treating brown spots or melasma begin using a topical prescription hydroquinone cream (available in our Advanced SkinCare Center).
3 WEEKS BEFORE TREATMENT
Avoid excessive sun exposure and wear SPF30-50 sunscreens daily.
1 WEEK BEFORE TREATMENT
Stop using Retin-A and all other retinoid and/or anti-aging products.
Obtain DCA’s LASER AFTER-CARE KIT which includes essential products & instructions to optimize your recovery.
You should also obtain:
-Cetaphil or Cerave moisturizing lotion or cream for routine moisturizing (available over the counter).
-Oral antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec for daytime AND oral Benadryl for nighttime. Start your daytime antihistamine THE DAY BEFORE your treatment.
-Antiviral prescription (if you have a history of cold sores) and begin taking THE DAY BEFORE your treatment.
Optional purchases: Oxygenetics Oxygenating Foundation (this is the only makeup we approve if you wish to wear makeup during the healing process;) and Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream for additional, more intense moisturizing. These are both available in the DCA Advanced SkinCare Center.
The most intense feeling of heat typically lasts 1-3 hours post-treatment, and these areas may continue to feel quite warm for the next 12-24 hours.
Redness is normal and will increase in intensity over the first 1-3 days after treatment. Redness usually subsides by the seventh day but can persist longer.
Pinpoint bleeding may occur immediately after treatment and can last up to 24 hours. Dab with clean, damp gauze.
Swelling typically begins immediately after treatment and can last several days. Peak swelling occurs approximately 48-72 hours after treatment. Oral antihistamines, cold compresses, and sleeping with your head elevated can help.
MENDs (Microscopic Epidermal Necrotic Debris)
MENDs are tiny dark spots that typically appear by the second or third day after treatment. Do NOT pick them. These spots are bits of tissue working their way out while fresh, new skin is being regenerated.
As your skin heals it will feel very dry, tight, and sandpapery before flaking and sloughing/exfoliating off. The skin on your face usually goes through this healing process faster than skin below your face. It is important to not scrub, scratch, rub, or pick the treated area during this time. Keep your skin well moisturized to support healing.
FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS
Use the Avéne Thermal Spring Water spray as needed for cooling – and nothing else. Do not shake the can.
Continue to take your oral antihistamines for the next 2 days (or longer, if needed).
Continue to take your antiviral medication, if prescribed.
For general discomfort you may take Extra Strength Tylenol, as directed.
Sleep with your head elevated and drink lots of water.
Avoid any sun exposure.
AFTER 24 HOURS
Cleanse with Elta Foaming Cleanser twice a day with lukewarm water and use just your hands to make gentle, patting motions and carefully pat dry with a soft towel.
Begin applying Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair twice a day. You may use a heavier moisturizer such as Cetaphil or Cerave moisturizing cream as well, if needed.
Continue to avoid sun exposure.
AFTER 48 HOURS
Begin daily application of Revision Intellishade TruPhysical Sunscreen. Reapply this sunscreen throughout the day and wear a protective hat if you go outside.
Avoid excessive sun exposure for the next three weeks.
Do not apply ice directly to skin.
Do not scrub, scratch, rub, or pick at your skin as it heals.
Do not drink alcohol for at least 48 hours.
Do not use shampoo for the first 48 hours.
Do not strenuously exercise (i.e. get overheated and/or sweaty) until your skin has fully healed.
Do not shave the treated skin for at least 7 days and until it is fully healed.
Avoid excessive sun exposure for 3 weeks after your treatment.
Do not use Retin-A or any other anti-aging products for 4-5 weeks.