Just as important as the treatment, is the care for your skin post-treatment.
- CLEANSING: Cleanse the area(s) as normal, avoiding vigorous scrubbing or rubbing in the areas treated. Use gentle circular motions with your fingertips to cleanse. Do not use a Clarisonic or any exfoliating scrubs while your skin is healing.
- MOISTURIZER: Moisturizer such as Cicalfate, ZO Hydrating Crème or Aquaphor should be applied generously to the area(s) treated. Depending on the sites that were treated, you may be able to resume your regular skincare regimen right away, avoiding just the spots that were treated. Your provider will discuss this with you following your treatment.
- SUNSCREEN: 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.
- If the treatment site becomes open due to accidental scratching, etc. Apply an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, etc.) 2x/day until healed.
TIPS & TRICKS:
- Avoid clothing that may rub/irritate the treatment site: bra straps, waist bands, etc.
- DO NOT pick, scratch, or rub the treatment site. This may cause scarring or hyperpigmentation of the treatment site if the “scab” comes off prematurely.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR TREATMENT:
- Redness and swelling at the treatment site are common for 24 hours post treatment, and may persist up to 72 hours.
- Typically, the treatment sites may appear to be raised, calloused, or “scab like” following treatment.
- This can take 10-14 days on average to “slough” off.
- Residual redness at the treatment site is common, and may take 4-8 weeks to subside
- Avoid excessive sun exposure outdoors or tanning beds 2 weeks after treatment. Tanning should be discontinued due to the increased risk of skin cancer and signs of premature aging.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at 608.836.4044