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Fraxel® Pre and Post Care Instructions

Fraxel® Pre-Care Instructions

  • Avoid direct sun exposure for a week prior to treatment.
  • Avoid any ablative lasers four weeks prior to treatment.
  •  Please arrive with no makeup, including eyeliner, mascara, or lipstick.
  • If the skin is irritated from the use of exfoliants like Tretinoin, discontinue use one week prior to treatment.
  • If prone to fever blisters or acne, laser treatment can produce a flare-up. Please inform your physician prior to treatment if this occurs. Valtrex is recommended before treatment as a preventative measure.
  • You must arrive at least ONE HOUR prior to your scheduled appointment time to allow time to numb.
  • The treatment area will be numbed with a topical anesthetic for at least an hour before treatment; the option of oral pain medication is also available and should be discussed with your doctor before treatment.

Fraxel® Post-Care Instructions

  • Generally, a “sunburned” feeling on treatment area is experienced for up to 24-48 hours.
  • Heat sensation can be intense in the two to three hours post-treatment. Occasionally, oozing can occur in isolated areas for a few days as well.
  • To minimize swelling, apply cold compresses to the treatment area for 10 minutes of every hour on the day of the treatment.
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated on the first night post-treatment
  • A few days post-treatment, redness may worsen and swelling may be significant. Itching can also occur.
  • A gradual, rough darkening of the treatment area is common and will resemble a small scab. Patients are advised not to rub the treatment area or try to scrub the rough area away. This is part of the healing process and should start to slough off in three to four days.
  • In extreme cases, blistering, burns, or bleeding may occur; Please call your physician if this occurs.
  • Avoid vigorous activity while your skin is still reacting to treatment.
  • STRICT adherence to sun protection/sunscreen. Direct sunlight should be avoided for three months during/post-treatment series.
  • Resume a regular skin regimen once the treatment area is back to “normal.”
  • Fraxel® treatments should be scheduled every four to six weeks (depending on treatment reaction) and can be done for a series of three to five treatments. A package of four is recommended.
  • Fraxel® Thulium targets pigmentation concerns. This laser should be scheduled every eight to 10 weeks for two to three treatments for the treatment of melasma, and every four to six weeks for two to three treatments for other pigmentation concerns.
We are grateful to be back in the office serving our patients. We continue offering the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and sanitation including: Prescreening phone calls prior to appointments, temperature checks and screening upon arrival, and seeing patients on a limited basis only to minimize occupancy.

The safety of our patients and staff continues to be a top priority. Please call us at 504-895-3376 to schedule an appointment today.
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