- Avoid skin irritation or intentional skin tanning.
- Sun-screen SPF 30+ is advisable when outdoors two weeks prior and after treatment. Discontinue any irritant topical agents for 4-5 days prior to treatment. Ex: retinols, salicylic acid, and glycolics.
- May continue using one week after treatment. If using Hydroquinone, stop using it 7 days prior to treatment. If using Lytera (or other non-hydroquinone brightening products) you do not need to stop using product prior to treatment.
- Arrive for treatment with clean skin. There should be NO LOTION, OIL, MAKE-UP or SELF-TANNING PRODUCTS present on the skin in the area to be treated. Discontinue use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS, e.g., ibuprofen-containing agents) one week before and after each treatment session, as per the medical condition allows. Consult your physician.
- Patients with a history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex (history of cold sores), may be treated only following a prophylactic regime. Please let provider know.
- Immediately after treatment, YOU will experience erythema (redness) or edema (local inflammation) around pigmented areas for 2 hours up to 2 days.
- Darkening of pigmented lesions in 10-15 minutes, which might darken the next day also known as “coffee ground” effects. This effect occurs about 24-48 hours from the time of your treatment, depending on how much pigmentation you had.
- May experience light crusting of pigmented lesions that flake off after 7-10 days.
- Darkening of targeted blood vessels due to coagulation.
- SPF and makeup can be applied same day.
- There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently, avoid scrubbing/exfoliating or trauma to the treated area.
- Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation.
- The use of a zinc oxide sun block SPF 30+ at all times is important with avoiding sun exposure for one week after treatment. In addition, the use of SPF should be maintained daily.
- Make-up and moisturizer maybe applied 48 hours after treatment.
- Can resume daily exercise in 2 days.
- Multiple treatments over a period of several months may be required to achieve the desired response.
The side effects may include:
- Discomfort Excessive skin redness (erythema) and/or swelling (edema)
- Damage to natural skin texture (crust, blister, burn)
- Change of pigmentation (hyper- or hypo-pigmentation) Scarring Infection