CO2 Laser Care Instructions

Before Your Treatment

  • Hydrate well by drinking plenty of fluids beginning 3 days before treatment.
  • If you get fever blisters, start your preventive medication the day before treatment.
  • Discontinue Tretinoin, Retin-A, and similar products 4 days before treatment.
  • No tanning, tanning beds, or tanning creams for 2 weeks before treatment.
  • No aspirin, Advil, Aleve, or similar medications for 7 days before treatment (Tylenol is OK).
  • If you are on a prescribed anticoagulant, discuss with your doctor in advance.
  • Bring a list of all your medications with you.
  • Arrive with clean skin. No lotion, make-up, perfume, powder, oils or other products on the area to be treated.
  • If you’ve been prescribed medications, wait to take them after you arrive and sign your consent forms.


After Your Treatment

  • Expect redness, swelling, and a sunburn sensation.
  • Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser twice a day and pat dry (do not scrub).
  • You will be provided Stratacel to protect your skin and promote healing. Apply a thin layer to the treated area 2 times per day after cleansing.
  • Keep your stratacel in the refrigerator, this helps cool your skin when applied!
  • You may apply Aquaphor as often as needed for comfort.
  • You may apply cool compresses as needed for comfort.
  • You may take Tylenol as usual for discomfort.
  • Sleep with your head elevated or in a recliner for 1 week.
  • Do not peel or pull loose skin.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated.
  • Avoid all sun exposure!
  • If you go outdoors, wear sunscreen with 30 to 50 SPF at all times.
  • No heavy exercise for 1 week.
  • Do not apply make-up for 1 week.
  • You may also cleanse and soothe your skin with vinegar soaks. Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar in 1 cop of water (refrigerate for even more soothing). Apply to your skin by soaking for 15 minutes with clean gauze or a washcloth every four hours as needed.

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