Non Ablative Post Treatment



  • Beginning 2 weeks prior to treatment:
  • Avoid sun-exposure or tanning beds.
  • Discontinue use of topical exfoliating agents (Glycolics/ Alpha or Beta-hydroxy acids)
  • Discontinue retinoid medications e.g. Retinol, Tretinoin (Retin-A/ Atralin), Adapalene (Differin), Tazarotene (Tazorac), etc. and OTC anti-aging products contain retinol or retinaldehyde.
    • Day of treatment: Thoroughly washing and dry skin to remove any make-up, sunblock, lotions, etc.  Our office will provide / recommend sun-protection and/or mineral make-ups that are ok to use post treatment.
    • After treatment, you may return to work or usual activities as long as you follow post-treatment guidelines provided below.



  • Avoid heat and cool the skin during first day or treatment. Application of cool gel packs and appropriate topical creams (if directed) immediately following treatment can help alleviate post treatment itchiness and tingling that may occur.
    • As healing occurs, avoid injury, heat, and sun exposure for at least two weeks.
    • Use covered or wrapped icepack and use only 10-15 minutes intervals.
    • Edema (swelling), and sometimes blanching (white appearance), is expected immediately post treatment and generally resolves within 24-48 hours. It may last up to 3-5 days in some clients.
    • Sleeping with you head slightly elevated will help reduce likelihood of puffiness.
  • SPF 30 or higher containing UVA/UVB protection with sun blockers such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are recommended up to 6 months following last treatment.
  • Gentle cleansing and use of non-irritating cosmetics are permitted after treatment (as directed by physician).
  • Those prone to acne outbreaks should avoid heavy makeup or moisturizers for 24 hours post treatment.
  • Following a more aggressive treatment, it may be helpful to use some topical moisturizer or therapy (if directed) on the skin during the healing process to help minimize trans-epidermal water loss to reduce dryness or crusting.
  • Recommended Products: _Skin Medica Post Treatment Kit ($135.00) _for two weeks after each treatment (sunscreen, cleanser, treatment cream and moisturizer included)
  • To help remove debris and bronzing of skin that can appear 1 to 4 days after treatment, soak treated areas for 5 – 15 minutes with wet wash cloth, and then gently remove debris. Do not pick at or scrub the treated areas as this can result in scarring.
  • It is suggested that retinoids (Retinol, Retin-A, Atralin, etc.) be discontinued 1-2 weeks prior to the initial treatment and throughout the course of treatment. The use of retinoids during the treatment course may result in undesirable side effects and prolonged healing.
  • Stretch-marks & Scar Treatments: Avoid tight-fitting clothes around the treated areas for three (3) months after the last laser treatment.
  • Those being treated may experience significant redness, broken capillaries and bronzing in the treatment area for approximately 3-5 days after treatment. This may persist in a mild form for several weeks particularly in areas other than the face.
  • Once the treatment area has healed, some itching or dryness may occur. This will gradually clear. The use of non-irritating moisturizers may provide some relief.


  • A low risk of prolonged itching, redness, and blistering.
  • A risk of hyperpigmentation (dark pigment), hypopigmentation (light pigment), burns, bruising, or blistering may occur, some of which may result in scarring.
  • Transient erythema (redness) or edema (swelling) immediately after treatment.
  • Bronzing, which is brown debris on the surface of the skin, may develop a few days post treatment. This is a desirable clinical end-point and will naturally exfoliate off over the next 14 days.
  • Risk of infection following treatment, potentially resulting in side effects mentioned above.
  • Acne breakouts. (Avoid heavy make-ups and using recommended products will reduce this risk).
  • Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • Social downtime.