Post-Treatment Skin Care Instructions
Immediately following treatment, the area may show redness with some swelling. This usually resolves in 1 to 2 hours, but may persist for 1 to 2 days. If this occurs, apply a cold compress for ten minutes every 1 to 2 hours. Discomfort or stinging may be relieved with Aquaphor Healing Agent, Polysporin, Aloe Vera or a Cold Rag. If the area treated has become itchy you can use a calamine lotion to relieve this symptom. Acetaminophen, (e.g. Tylenol) can be taken as well to relieve any discomfort.
Potential Risks and Side Effects
• Hyper- pigmentation & Hypopigmentation is rare & hereditary. If the color of the skin changes use a skin brightening toner for darkening of the skin & this should return to normal but take up to 6 months.
• To minimize the risk of side effects is the best to avoid sun exposure 7 days before and after your treatment
• It is important to avoid sunless tanning methods 7 days prior to your appointment
• Side effects are possible and rare but, can include Hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin), Hypo-pigmentation (whitening of the skin), mild or moderate burns and/or blisters, temporary redness, small red bumps, swelling, itching, bruising, hives and in some cases lack of desired hair loss.
During the Next 24 Hours:
• Do not take a hot bath, you can shower as usual be aware the area treated may be a little temperature sensitive
• Do not put make-up on if you had the hair removal on the face
• Wear comfortable clothes you can move properly in and that won’t irritate the treated area.
• Use a hydrating product within 24 hours (not a product that is new for you or that contains perfume or cologne)
• Exfoliate the area treated using a loofa to minimize the risk of ingrown hairs
During the Next 48 Hours:
• Do not go into a swimming pool, hot tub or spa or do other activities that may put you in contact with irritating substances such as chlorine
• If the feeling of heat persists, apply a cold compress
• Do not scratch the surface, you may cause infection. To avoid scratching, apply an antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin.
• Avoid extended sun exposure especially for any facial treatments. This may cause complications.
• It is important that any discomfort to the treated area must be treated with care to avoid scarring and other discomfort.
During the Whole Period of Treatment:
• No sun (natural or artificial) on treated area. Use sun block protection with at least SPF 30 so if you expose treated area to the sun. This especially important for a week after your appointment.
• Avoid any and all laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks or until the area has returned to normal
• Any discomfort you experience post treatment may be relieved with an ice pack.
If a Crust or Blistering Develops:
• Do not rub, scratch or pick if a crust develops, let it fall off on its own. Irritation may increase the chance of scarring.
• In the case of crusting or blistering, avoid make-up until the skin has healed completely and do not shave the area. If make-up is used. It must be applied and removed delicately.
• Apply Aquaphor, Polysporin, Bactroban or Fucidin ointment to keep the area moist and help healing. Apply until side effects resolve.
• If a blister occurs do not pop the blister. If the blisters punctures on its own apply an antibiotic until the area is completely healed.