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IPL/ Laser hair removal / Frax laser

Pre & Post Care

Before porcedure

We cannot treat during pregnancy, nursing, or patients trying to get pregnant.
Please let us know if you have history of herpes infection, you will need to be pre-medicated.
Use sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 daily. Sunburned skin cannot be treated.
Avoid any irritants to your face, such as any products containing Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, or chemical peels for at least two (2) weeks. If you are using hydroquinone, Tri-luma, retinoids, adapalene, or tretinoin please let us know in advance.
If you have a history of hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) with laser treatments or other trauma, please let us know, so we may prescribe a lightening agent prior to the procedure to reduce this reaction.
Do not use self-tanning agents for at least two (2) weeks prior to treatment. If you have used these products, thoroughly cleanse the area with an abrasive/exfoliating scrub to remove all products two (2 ) weeks prior to any treatment.
We have to wait 4 weeks after the fillers.
Avoid smoking for 4 weeks before treatment.
Do not pluck or wax for at least one (1) month prior to your first treatment, continuing through the course of your treatments. Plucking/waxing removes the target hair.
Do not bleach or use “Nair hair removal”- type products for two (2) weeks prior to treatment, as this can irritate the skin.
Please do not wear any makeup, perfume, or lotions in the treatment area prior to your treatment.
Before each treatment, please inform us if you are taking any new antibiotics or medications, as they may make your skin sensitive to light treatments, and therefore, we may not be able to treat you for one (1) or two (2) weeks after completion of the antibiotic.
Shave the area to be treated one (1) day prior to your appointment.

Post-Treatment Instructions:

If treating the face, please continue using sun protectants with SPF 30+ daily for the entire treatment period.
Do not pick, as scabbing could lead to scarring.
Makeup may be used after the treatment if there is no extended redness, blistering, or scabbing. Make sure that you have moisturizer on under your makeup; use it frequently on the treated area.
Avoid sun exposure for four (4) to six (6) weeks after the treatment to reduce the chance of dark and light spots. Use sun protectant SPF 30 or greater with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide at all times throughout the course of treatment. Even a waterproof sunblock is good for only 80 minutes, so reapply hourly.
Do not use any other forms of hair removal methods (tweezing, waxing, depilatories) or products on the treated area during the course of the laser treatment, as it will prevent you from achieving your best results. You may shave the area if needed. For hair removal: anywhere from five (5) to fourteen (14) days after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur and this may appear as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth, but dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help the hairs exfoliate by taking a hot shower and rubbing with a washcloth or loofah sponge.
Until initial skin irritation subsides, avoid hot water and anything irritating to the skin.
If after treatment you feel too much heat under your skin you can apply cold compresses. Avoid direct contact with ice on your skin.

Expected reactions

Immediately after the Intense Pulsed Light treatment, there may be redness and bumps at the treatment site, which will last up to two (2) hours up to a few days. It is normal for the treated area to feel like sunburn for a few hours. You may use a cold compress, aloe vera gel, or 1% hydrocortisone if needed. These are temporary and will resolve. However, please call the office at 305-308-6966 to notify us if you experience any additional side effects.
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