Aftercare

Post Treatment Instructions

Laser Hair Removal Aftercare

Immediately after the treatment, there should be redness and bumps at the treatment area, which may last up to 2 hours or longer. It is normal for the treated area to feel like sunburn for a few hours. You should use a cold compress if needed. If any crusting, apply antibiotic cream. We recommend aloe vera gel or some other after sunburn treatment such as Desitin if you . Darker pigmented people may have more discomfort than lighter skin people and may require the aloe vera gel or an antibiotic ointment longer.

Makeup may be used after the treatment, unless there is epidermal blistering. If there is blistering, it is recommended to use new makeup to reduce the possibility of infection. Just make sure that you have moisturizer on under your makeup.

Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of dark or light spots for 2 months. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or higher at all times throughout the treatment and for 1-2 months following.

Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. DO NOT USE any other hair removal methods or products on the treated area during the course of your laser treatments, as it will prevent you from achieving your best results. Shaving is permitted.

You may shower after the laser treatments, and use soap, deodorant, etc. The treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap. You may apply deodorant immediately after treatment.

Anywhere from 2-14 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 hair exfoliate by washing or wiping with a washcloth. Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body.

Please note: Stubbles, representing dead hair being shed from the hair follicle, will appear within 10-20 days from the treatment date. This is normal and will fall out quickly.

Call Denver Laser Solutions with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment.

Photofacial or IPL Sun Spot Reduction Aftercare

Following treatment your skin may feel like it has slight sunburn. You may experience erythema (redness), edema (swelling), and some discomfort of the treated areas for several hours or up to 3 days post-treatment. You may experience some purpura (purpleish spots or patches) in treated areas, which would be expected to resolve within several days. If you experience itching after treatment, you may use over the counter topical hydrocortisone cream.

After treatment, your skin may appear slightly reddened which subsides rather quickly. Mild swelling may occur. You may use cold or ice packs, 10-minute intervals, as needed for comfort and to relieve swelling. Should swelling occur, application of an ice pack (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) multiple times in the first 24 hours will help minimize the swelling.

Apply a gentle moisturizer immediately after treatment. Use a mild cleanser and a mild moisturizer after the treatment for a few days before resuming your normal skin routine.

If desired, you may use makeup on the treated area, as long as the skin is not broken, blistered, or irritated.

Avoid hot baths or showers, aerobic exercise, massage, harsh cleansers, or chemicals on the treated area for 48 hours following treatment.

We recommend you avoid air travel for 24 hours after your treatment. Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first four or five days following treatment.

Avoid sun exposure to the treated area for 1 to 2 months following the treatment. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 25 or higher at all times. Tanning after treatment sessions may enhance melanin regeneration, which may result in hyper-pigmentation or other side effects.

Rarely, a small blister or scab may form. If this occurs, call Denver Laser Solutions immediately. While waiting for our reply, perform gentle washing and apply antibiotic ointment (Bactracin, Polysporin, ect.) to the area unless you are allergic to these medications. Avoid sun exposure. Allow healing naturally, without irritation. Do not try to remove any scabbing.

Please discuss with your technician when you should resume any prescribed medications such as Hydroquinone or Retin-A.

Ultherapy Aftercare

Immediately after treatment, it is common to have slight tenderness or mild redness in the area. Most patients can resume daily activities immediately after treatment, as there tends to be far less redness and irritation compared to other laser treatments. There is also a risk of minor bruising, tingling, or numbness that resolves in several days to one month.

In the early days following face and neck treatment, patients commonly report some lifting, toning, and plumping of fine lines. While this immediate “plumping effect” can be temporary, it signals the beneficial process of new collagen production has begun. Skin lifting on the brow, neck, and under the chin is reported to continue to build over the next 2-3 months following the procedure. After the first couple months, the skin can take on a smoother texture, with more even tone and feel tighter. Brow elevation (overall or outer portion) is reported after 3-4 months after the treatment, which gives a more “open” look to the eye. Full results from Ultherapy are reported around the 6-month mark.

Responsiveness varies from patient to patient, and, occasionally, the results are “subclinical”. That is, the collagen rebuilding on the inside of the skin that helps counter the effects of gravity does not have a visible effect on the outside. Some patients may benefit from more than one treatment.

Neurotoxin Aftercare

The guidelines to follow post treatment have been followed for years and are still employed today to prevent the possible side effect of ptosis (drooping of the eyelids). These measures should minimize the possibility of ptosis:

No straining, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise for 3-4 hours following treatment. It is now known that it takes the toxin approximately 2 hours to bind itself to the nerve to start its work and because we do not want to increase circulation to that area to wash away the Botox from where it was injected.Avoid manipulation of the area for 3-4 hours following treatment. (For the same reasons listed above.) This includes not doing a facial, peel or microdermabrasion after treatment with Botox. A facial, peel or micro-dermabrasion can be done in the same appointment only if they are done before the Botox.Facial exercises in the injected areas are recommended for one (1) hour following treatment. This is to stimulate the binding of the toxin only to the localized area.

It can take 2-10 days to take full effect. It is recommended that the patient contact the office no later than 2 weeks after treatment if the desired effect was not achieved and no sooner to give the toxin time to work.

Makeup may be applied before leaving the office.

Injectable Filler Aftercare

Do not touch, press, rub, or manipulate the injected areas for the rest of the day after treatment. Additionally, avoid kissing, puckering, and sucking movements as any of these could undesirably displace the material resulting in a poor outcome.

Avoid any anti-coagulant substances or medications such as alcohol, NSAIDs like ibuprofen, aspirin, ginko biloba, garlic, flax seed oil, St. John’s wort, and vitamin E for 24 hours, as these may increase the incidence of bruising.

Avoid vigorous exercise, sun, heat, or sauna exposure for the next 48 hours. Discontinue Retin-A for two days afterwards.

Expect bruising, redness, and mild discomfort around the injected areas for several days.

There may be slight asymmetries, lumps, bumps, and irregularities immediately following treatment that may last for several days. These should even out and reduce with time.

Apply ice for 10 minutes on and off the injected areas for the next hour. Arnica Montana cream can be purchased at the health food store to apply for faster resolution of bruising. Makeup may be gently reapplied, however it should be new to prevent infection from bacteria-contaminated makeup.

Do not love or hate the results for two weeks. It is recommended that you return after that time for post-operative reevaluation, and possible filler enhancement of any areas that are deficient.

Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns. If you have severe pain, blanching or darkening of the area beyond simple bruising, or anything else you feel is unusual, please call the office.

Dermal Needling Aftercare

Immediately after treatment, you skin will feel warm and tight, almost akin to a sunburn. This feeling is temporary and usually subsides within a couple hours. We recommend not using any makeup for the rest of the day. Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for two weeks after treatment. If outside, apply broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or higher, making sure to reapply every two hours.

A warm, flushed appearance is common and can last up to a week. Avoid exfoliating scrubs, alpha hydroxy acids, and any prescription retinoids in the area for at least three days. Avoid hot showers and saunas until sensitivity has subsided. The collagen remodeling process takes time but most clients will start to see results 2-4 weeks following treatment.

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Scar Removal, or Stretch Mark Removal Aftercare

Immediately after the treatment, you should apply an ice pack to the area, as there may be mild swelling. It is normal for the treated area to feel like sunburn for a few hours. You should use a cold compress if needed. Avoid any trauma to the skin for up to 2-5 days, such as bathing with very hot water, strenuous exercise, or massage.

Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin to achieve your best results. If any crusting appears, apply an OTC antibiotic cream like Neosporin. We recommend using anti-inflammatories such as aloe vera gel on the affected area. Darker pigmented people may have more discomfort than lighter skin people and may require the aloe vera gel or an antibiotic ointment longer. Follow instructions as specified by your laser professional.

Makeup may be used once swelling has subsided, unless there is epidermal bleeding. It is recommended to use new makeup to reduce the possibility of infection. Keep the area moist. Any moisturizer without alpha-hydroxy acids will work.

You may shower after the laser treatments in tepid water. The treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap or cleanser. Skin should be patted dry and NOT rubbed.

You will experience redness for two to three days after treatment, but may last up to five days. Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for 1-2 months and throughout the course of the treatment so as to reduce the chance of adverse reactions like hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or higher at all times throughout the treatment when going outside.Avoid waxing, bleaching, or chemical peels during the course of the treatment. Do not use any irritants such as Retin-A (OTC retinol is okay after 1 week) or other prescription topicals.

Call Denver Laser Solutions with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment.

Level II or TCA Chemical Peel Aftercare

Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be avoided for the first 48 hours.

Direct sunlight exposure is to be completely avoided immediately following the treatment (including any strong UV light exposure and tanning beds). If some sun exposure cannot be avoided, first apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater. Sunscreen (with at least a SPF of 15) should become a part of your daily skin care regimen as your skin will become more sensitive to the sun as a result of this treatment.

Gently moisturize your face multiple times a day. Do not apply any type of alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid or exfoliation products as this can severely damage or irritate the skin during the entire healing process. Do not peel, rub, or scratch your skin during the peeling process, as this can cause damage and compromise your results as well as possibly cause scarring.

If you experience painful areas of the face, contact your skin care therapist immediately, especially if you are prone to cold sores. Any blisters that form will need to be reported immediately. In the event that you may have additional questions or concerns regarding your treatment or suggested home product/post-treatment care, contact us at 303-807-4333.