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Pico Laser Before and Aftercare

Pre-Treatment Recommendations

Before the treatment, it is important to avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and certain skin care products (such as retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids) for at least one week prior to treatment. You should also inform your provider of any medications or supplements you are taking, as some can affect the skin's sensitivity to laser energy. 

​Cleanse your skin before your appointment. Your doctor needs your skin to be free of any dirt, moisturizers, or cosmetics before your treatment.

 

Aftercare Instructions

 

Cleanse the treated area at least daily with water and mild soap, and then pat the area dry. 

 

Do not rub or scratch the treated area.  Depending on the strength of the treatment there may be some blistering, or scabbing present. 

 

You must wait four to six weeks between treatments on the same area of skin

 

Cold pack: You can apply a cold pack to the treated area if you want to after your treatment to ease any swelling. You can also take an anti-inflammatory as long as you are not allergic to it. Avoid aspirin-based pain relief because it could increase unnecessary bruising at the treated area.

 

Itching & Moisturizing: Itching is very common because the laser tends to dry out your skin.  Use Biafine / CeraVe / or a moisturizer of your choice twice each day to keep the treatment area hydrated.

 

Makeup & fragrance:  Do not apply makeup or anything directly on the healing area that may irritate the skin.

 

Shaving: Avoid shaving the treated area until it is completely healed.

 

Sunblock: The treated area will be particularly sensitive to sunlight.  It is essential you wear sunblock minimum SPF 50 over the area for at least 3 months after each session.

 

Working out: Exercise is generally safe after treatment – taking into account the other aftercare instructions provided here.

 

Anything else: If the area looks infected / you experience unusual discomfort or bleeding / any other complications develop / or if you have any questions or concerns – contact our office immediately.  Of course if you have any extreme reaction – seek immediate medical attention.

Follow these recommendations to prepare for your Pico Laser treatment and for your aftercare

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