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Embrace RF Pre/Post-Treatment Instructions

Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Fill prescriptions given to you by Dr. Parsa.
  • Do not take vitamins, herbal supplements, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, NSAIDs or products containing aspirin for two weeks prior to or following your treatment. You may use Tylenol or acetaminophen.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for five days prior to the procedure, as it may create complications and increase bruising.
  • Start taking the antibiotic Dr. Parsa prescribed 24 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid skin irritation or intentional skin tanning. Sunscreen is advisable when outdoors during daylight hours.
  • Discontinue any irritant topical agents for two to three days prior to treatment.
  • Anticipate a social “downtime” of five to seven days.

On the Day of Your Procedure

  • Shower and arrive for treatment with clean skin. There should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, powder, or bath/shower oil present on the skin in the area to be treated.
  • Eat a light breakfast such as cereal, oatmeal, a bagel, or toast with jelly or peanut butter.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • Take the medications as prescribed.
  • Bring the medications prescribed by Dr. Parsa with you.
  • Please arrange for someone to drive you home from your procedure. You should not drive for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

Post-Treatment Instructions

First 24-48 hours:

*Sleep elevated on your back with at least two pillows for one full week!

  • Compression garment: Keep the garment in place for the first 72 hours after the procedure to prevent bleeding from incision sites. You may remove the garment for laundering, sponge bathing and bandage changing. After 72 hours, you must wear the garment (other than bathing/showering) at night for another two weeks.
  • Massage: Massage all treated areas using your hand, applying light pressure slowly and deeply in an upward motion. Do this three to four times per day, approximately 10 minutes at a time. Do not use heat or ice on the treated areas.
  • Incision care: Your incisions will continue to ooze for 24-48 hours. This is normal and may last several days. You may place gauze inside your compression garment to absorb any drainage. Keep the incisions clean. Once the drainage has stopped, apply an antibiotic ointment to the incision sites. After 48 hours, cleanse the incisions gently with mild soap such as Cetaphil or Cerave and water. Tiny scabs may appear during the healing process. Please do not pick at the scabs.
  • Nausea: If you experience any post-procedure nausea, try carbonated soda and dry crackers to help settle your stomach. Drink plenty of clear fluids.
  • For facial and neck procedures:
    • Sleep on several pillows or in a recliner to keep your head elevated for at least 48-72 hours to help minimize swelling. Sleep elevated for one full week. Minimize talking and chewing for 48 hours. We recommend following a soft diet for the first 48 hours. Make-up may be applied (recommended Oxygenetix) as soon as 72 hours after the procedure to cover any redness or bruising. Avoid the incision points that may still be healing.
    • Avoid drying or irritating facial products including retinol and acids (Salicylic, Glycolic, etc.) for three weeks after the procedure. Do not rub or irritate the area.

48 hours – 4 weeks:

  • Continue wearing your compression garment for two weeks, at night.
  • A topical ointment may be applied to the face (Avene Kit SOS).
    • AM:
      • 1st: Cleansing Lotion
      • 2nd: Thermal Spray Water
      • 3rd: Tolerance Extreme Cream – moisturizer
      • 4th: Restorative Skin Cream – cream to speed recovery
      • 5th: SPF
    • PM:
      • 1st: Cleansing Lotion
      • 2nd: Thermal Spray Water
      • (Facial Compress and Tolerance Extreme Mask can be used on Day 1 and Day 2 after cleansing the face, then resume the next steps. Face Compress and Mask are used to calm and hydrate the skin.)

      • 3rd: Tolerance Extreme Cream – moisturizer
      • 4th: Restorative Skin Cream- cream to speed recover
  • Avoid incision sites and avoid direct product application to the sites.
  • If sutures are placed, they will be removed a week after surgery.
    • Please do not pick at the scabs.
    • Do not immerse the incisions in any kind of water (e.g., bathtub, whirlpools, hot tubs, swimming pool, ocean/lake/river) until four weeks after the procedure.
  • Light activity is encouraged. Do not engage in vigorous exercise or sports for at least two weeks or until approved by your physician. A decrease in activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add a raw fruit to your diet and be sure to increase fluid intake. Metamucil will also help.
  • Do NOT drink alcohol for several days as instructed by the doctor after this procedure. Drinking alcohol can negatively affect healing and can cause thinning of the blood, bleeding, crusting and/or bruising.
  • Do NOT smoke. Smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
  • Remember, although the skin has initially healed, it takes three to six months before any changes in skin tightening can be perceived AND 12 months before final results in skin tightening can be appreciated.
  • Call Dr. Kami Parsa immediately at 310-777-8880 if you experience any of the following: severe or increased pain not relieved by medications, increased fullness or redness in the procedure areas, temperature over 100.4 degrees, yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions, or you notice a foul odor.
  • For your maximum healing and optimal long-term results, it is very important that you follow the schedule of appointments we establish after your procedure.

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Dr. Parsa is not only an amazing surgeon! He is also very caring and meticulous! His expertise shows in his wonderful bedside manner overall knowledge of his field. I appreciate his knowledge, advice and professionalism for over 6 years. I trust him with my eyes and refers him to my family and friends! His staff is trusting and caring and I love seeing them!

Erica D.

Words cannot express how thankful and appreciative I am to have found you. I am deeply grateful for you, for your generosity and caring nature as pertaining to my medical condition. As you know, I was apprehensive about having further surgery, but you are and have been reassuring and confident in the type of procedure you would perform in order to fix my eyelid from the beginning. The fact that you are not pushy and gave me the time and space to make the decision on my own allowed me to prepare myself mentally and emotionally, that really made a difference. Besides from that, your continuous generosity made me confident that you were the right doctor for the task at hand. You will never know how appreciative I am of that. I would also like to let you know how pleased I am with the results of the surgery. I have not felt this comfortable in years. My parents are also very grateful since this was my 14th surgery. You have a true gift. Thank you again for your patience, time, concern, and overall care. I pray that God continues to give you strength to help people who truly need life-changing medical procedures.

Sophia P.

Dr. Parsa is an amazing doctor. Warm and very caring. I had my eyes done a couple years ago and I couldn't be happier. Dr. Parsa likes to take the conservative approach which I greatly appreciate in a doctor when it comes to cosmetic surgery. I also go to Dr. Parsa for Botox and he always knows just the right amount. The staff in Dr. Parsa's office are all terrific!

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