Benign Pigmented Lesion Patient Instructions

Pre-Treatment Care Instructions:

 ---Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after laser treatment. If you are in the sun during this time you should defer treatment until a later time
---Stop any topical medications, oral medications that may cause photosensitivity, (blood thinning medications, antibiotics, Retin-A  or skin care products  1 week prior to treatment.  If you start a course of antibiotic you cannot have a laser treatment while on antibiotics, wait 1 week afterwards. Do not take Accutane at minimum 6 months prior laser treatment
---If you are tanned or have a darker skin type, a bleaching regimen may be started4-6 weeks before the treatment.
 Recently Tanned skin cannot be treated! Tanned skin is more sensitive to heat without you knowing it, client is at risk of burning, pigmentation, scarring, and serious damage of the skin, and a less effective treatment. White spots may also developed after the treatment and this may not clear for 2-3 months or longer. NO TANNING/SELF TANNING of the skin before, immediately, or before treatments. Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and 2-4 weeks after the treatment.  Discontinue the use of self tanning skin care products 1 week prior to treatment. Any residual self tanner should be removed prior to treatment.
---No Laser treatment: if you are pregnant or if you think you may be pregnant. Patients who have impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS, Lupus, Scleroderma, or use of immunosuppressive medications.…Patients with current or history of Skin cancer or premalignant moles. …Patients with current condition of any type of cancer …Patients who have pacemaker or internal defibrillator…Patients with any surgical procedure in the treatment area within the last three months or before complete healing … Any active skin condition in the treatment area, such as sores. Psoriasis, Eczema and rash
---Use of a topical numbing cream is optional.  Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment if you wish to apply numbing cream, available for purchase
---Wet / moist white gauze will apply to protect the teeth  and to support the lip during the treatment when treating upper lip. Protective eyewear will be worn by the client and technician.

Post-Treatment Instructions:

--- Immediate (tan/brown) darkening of the lesion , slight peri -lesional redness and swelling is expected, immediately post treatment. which may last up to 2 hours or longer, Redness may last up to 3 days. You’ll feel like sunburn on the treated area. Use cold gel packs  chilled  aloe vera gel to alleviate the discomfort. 
---The treated pigment will appear darker within the first few days, the darkened pigment will flake off like dry skin within 7-10 days. 
We  recommend to use  Recovery Regenerative solution, Repair Balm post any laser treatment.
---Avoid Sun exposure to reduce the chance of  hyperpigmentation (darker pigmentation). Use Sunblock SPF 30 and above at all times, apply several times daily. 
---Make up may be applied after the redness/irritation is cleared. Resume all topical agents when irritation resolves
---Avoid strenuous sports activities / saunas/ Jacuzzi for 2-3  days
--- Avoid picking or scratching the treated area. Do not use any scrub loofahs or abrasive scrubs for 5 days 
--- If you will accidentally scratch the treated area and got swollen like infected, apply antibiotic ointment, such reactions will slowly heal and returns to normal.
---Laser Treatment often perform 4-5 times at monthly intervals for best results. You may notice immediate as well as longer term improvement in your skin.
---Consult the office immediately at 818.619.6381 if your experience increased pain, redness, swelling or blistering