Skin Health & Rejuvination for Council Bluffs, Iowa & Omaha, Nebraska
BBL Pre and Post Treatment Care
During treatment, you will feel a snap with each pulse of light. If you feel pain, burning or building discomfort, you MUST tell me so that I can make adjustments in settings to help avoid burns or discoloration. Cold packs, aloe vera or other cooling preparations may be used to ease temporary discomfort. Quick warm to cool showers are advised; avoid hot baths or excess heat. Occasionally, even without problems noted during the procedure, swelling or patchy bruising can occur. Reduce this risk by avoiding aspirin, NSAIDs, fish oil or other agents which promote blood thinning/bruising 7-10 days prior to treatment if ok’d by your prescribing doctor.
Smoking may prevent effectiveness or shorten duration of results. Differences in responses can be noted between different patients and different treatment sessions.
If the skin is broken or a blister appears (this is VERY RARE), apply an antibiotic ointment and notify me. The area should be kept covered to prevent crusting or scabbing or excess drying of the tissue. Do NOT pick or scratch even at loose flakes of skin.
Prolonged sun exposure is to be avoided for 2-3 weeks before and after treatment. A total sun block and hat should be used if it is impossible to comply. For best results and duration, a commitment to avoid sun damage is necessary. Sun exposure may cause certain complications (possibility of blistering, scarring and/or hyper/hypo-pigmentation).
Makeup/moisturizers can be used as long as the skin is not broken/sore and the products are non irritating. Obagi skincare is the optimal choice before and after (and for everyday!) but you should hold retinol, tretinoin, and acids or exfoliators for 2-3 days before and after especially if you have very sensitive or fragile skin.
You may look freckled or peppered a few days after treatment. The dark spots will flake off over the next several days and you should NOT pick or rub at the area. If you don’t see these changes you ARE still getting anti-aging and other benefits.
If you have EVER had a cold sore, take 1000mg L-lysine 2-3 times a day starting the day before treatment and continue through 3 days after. If you feel or see a cold sore or fever blister forming, contact me if you need a prescription and use half water half vinegar soaks and along with your normal means of treatment. Be sure to avoid contact, contamination or spread of the virus.
When undergoing treatments for permanent hair reduction, you may shave or clip hair between treatments but should NOT pluck or use depilatories ideally for about 6 weeks prior to treatment. Let a bit of stubble remain when you come in for consultation and treatments so that the distribution and character of the hair can be evaluated.
Only hair with adequate pigment may be treated effectively. White, blonde, red or gray hair will not respond. 75-80% reduction is the expectation with a complete series. It is normal and expected for some new hair to grow months to years later with ANY type of permanent hair reduction so don’t be surprised or disappointed if maintenance treatments are occasionally needed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a message or text Dr. Stacey E. Whitehead at CB Skin Secrets 402-915-2756 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacts made will be returned as I am able but if there is an urgent need, call your primary care provider or 911 if emergent, or go to Urgent Care or to your local ER.