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.