Laser Treatment

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Post-Laser Treatment Of Vascular, Scars Or Hyperpigmented Lesions

You have been treated with one either an IPL, NG-YAG or Q-Switch Laser. The treated area is very delicate and should be treated gently. The treated area may be bruised, depending on the laser used, and a crust may form. Each treated spot will darken and over a period of a week (face) to two or three weeks (chest, hands, legs), the darkness will fade. It is common to experience immediate swelling and discomfort at the treatment site, and a crust may form. A small amount of bleeding may also occur. This may last for 1 to 2 weeks. Please read and follow these instructions.

General Instructions

  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight during the first 6-8 weeks following your laser treatment. A sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater should be used whenever exposed to the sun. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, sun-protective clothing or bandages may also be used for sun protection.
  • Avoid any trauma, such as scratching, picking or rubbing, to the treated area.
  • Showers are permitted, but gently pat the area to dry.
  • You may apply make-up to conceal treated areas after 24 hours. Be careful not to rub or abrade your skin when removing make-up. A green base concealer works best to camouflage the purple or red discoloration that may have been induced by your treatment.
  • If a tattoo has been treated, do not apply makeup until the area is fully healed.

Post Care Instructions

  • Wash the treated area with a mild soap (CeraVe, Purpose or Cetaphil) daily. Do not use abrasive cleansers or Clarisonic brushes.
  • You may want to apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment daily for any crust that may form.
  • If crusts or scabs develop, allow them to fall off on their own
  • The area does not need to be covered, but a band-aid or non-stick (Telfa) gauze should be applied to protect the treated area from irritation by clothing, jewelry, eyeglasses, etc.
  • If your face has been treated, keep your head elevated by sleepir.g on 3-4 pillows for 2-3 days to help prevent swelling. Ice compresses applied during the first 1-2 days also minimize swelling.
  • Should you experience any pain, discomfort or stinging, which usually lasts no longer than 6 hours you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol).

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 919-676-5052