It is recommended that the patient shave the treatment area within 24 – 48 hours prior to treatment.
The patient must not tweeze, wax, or pluck the treatment area for six weeks prior to treatment.
The treatment area must be free of make-up, lotion, deodorant, and ointments. It must be “squeaky clean”. Ensure that the skin is dry prior to the treatment
Any topical anesthetic must be used with care, especially over large body parts.
POSTOPERATIVE TREATMENT CARE
The patient must wear a sunblock with at least SPF 30 after treatment and during the course of treatments. Remind the patient to re-apply the sunblock during the da.
Hair will start to shed at around two to three weeks post treatment. The patient must do NO tweezing, plucking or waxing of the treatment area during the course of treatments. However, the patient can shave or use a washcloth to exfoliate the hairs.
The patient can re-apply deodorant or make-up after treatment if the skin does not feel too irritated.
Depending on the wavelength used, the patient must avoid direct sun exposure and
tanning for at least two to four weeks prior to and two weeks after treatment. The patient can use a cool compress post treatment for comfort. Never apply ice directly to the skin.
Redness may last from 2-5 hours up to several days following treatment.
The patient may have some swelling (edema) or itching post treatment. The patient can use topical hydrocortisone or Benadryl to alleviate this. An oral antihistamine can also be used. Non-drowsy antihistamine (such as Claritin) can be taken during the day to avoid the drowsiness associated with Benadryl.
The patient should avoid exercise for 24 hours post treatment.