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Pre/Post treatment instructions

Treatment Instructions

See our recommended Pre/Post Treatment instructions to best prepare for your upcoming aesthetics treatment. Always be prepared to plan your treatments accordingly so you can minimize downtime, and enjoy the longest-lasting results. Some treatments require you to prepare at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment, so please keep this in mind when booking!

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Botox, Jueveau, Xeomin Neuromodulators

Timing is everything. It is best to schedule Botox, Xeomin, and Jeaveau treatments at least two weeks before a big event. Since these cosmetic treatments require little to no downtime, many clients choose to have them done on their lunch break — Botox can be administered in as little as 10–15 minutes!

Eat fresh pineapple or bromelin tablets 2 x daily at least 4 days before treatment.

Ask questions. Many first-time Botox clients are curious about the cost, how many units of product are needed and the areas of the face that can be treated with Botox and dermal fillers.

Avoid blood thinning medication. One week prior, avoid NSAID’s, Plavix, Asprin, Ibuprofen, fish oil and vitamin E. If using Warfarin, Coumadin, Eliquis or Heparin, please obtain consent from your doctor before stopping.

Avoid red wine. Four days prior to treatment stop drinking red wine and avoid other NSAID’s listed above.

Skip the gym. Avoide working out for 24 hours following your procedure.

Don’t skip breakfast. The morning of, consume plenty of food and drink as this will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during the treatment.

Wait 24 hours before getting other facial treatments. Wait at least a day before getting back into that normal skincare routine. This allows the body time to adjust to the medical aesthetics treatment.

Sit up. Do not lie down after a Botox treatment. This is to avoid the risk of pressure on the treated areas and to avoid the risk of having the area rubbed accidentally.

Go back for touch-ups if needed. Schedule a follow-up appointment if more Botox injections are needed two weeks after the first Botox treatment.

Avoid painkillers. Painkillers should be used sparingly for headaches or facial pain. Strong painkillers such as Aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided.

Chemical Peel

Stop using retinoids/retiniods, alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy 7 days. Please avoid wearing makeup to appointment. Avoid excessive amounts of direct sunlight, bleaching,laser hair removal, waxing and heavy scrubs one week before.

You will not be treated if a sunburn is present.

If you have a history of cold sores, please let the physician know.

DO wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser and liberally apply a bland moisturizer after cleansing and throughout the day as needed to prevent dryness and formation of crust (Aquaphor, Cetaphil, CeraVe, Alastin Restorative Nectar).

DO wait 7 days before resuming the use of Retin-a (tretinoin), Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Ziana, Veltin, Atralin, glycolic acids or any other exfoliating agents such as a Clarisonic Brush.

Do NOT vigorously rub the skin and DO NOT pick at the flaking skin as this may cause scarring.

Sun protection is critical. You should NOT have any sun exposure; wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30. This includes driving to work. Obviously, do not use a tanning salon.

AVOID laser treatments, waxing, the use of depilatories, or microdermabrasion for 3 weeks.

AVOID swimming, sauna, or whirlpool use for at least 7 days after the peel.

If you were instructed to take an antiviral medication, DO complete the prescribed course.

The procedure may cause swelling, redness, crusting, dryness, skin sensitivity, itching, and peeling of the site which could last for 1-2 weeks. In the days after the peel, the skin may feel and look tight, with parchment-paper like changes or darkening. These are expected reactions.

Dermal Filler

Eat fresh pineapple or bromelin tablets 2 x daily at least 4 days before treatment.

Avoid blood thinning medication. One week prior, avoid NSAID’s, Plavix, Asprin, Ibuprofen, fish oil and vitamin E. If using Warfarin, Coumadin, Eliquis or Heparin, please obtain consent from your doctor before stopping.

Avoid red wine. Four days prior to treatment stop drinking red wine and avoid other NSAID’s listed above.

Drink lots of water. 1 day before treatment, drink 5 – 6 glasses of water.

Don’t skip breakfast. The morning of, consume plenty of food and drink as this will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during the treatment.

Do NOT, touch, press, rub, or manipulate the implanted areas for 6 hours after treatment. This can cause irritation, sores or possible scarring.

Avoid vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure for 3 days after treatment.

Avoid submerging head under water for a full 24 hours after Voluma® XC treatment; this includes pools, beach, bathtub, hot tub, etc.

Avoid Aspirin, Motrin, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E or any other essential fatty acids at least 3 days to 1 week after treatment. These items may increase bleeding and bruising.

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, Niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, spicy foods and cigarettes 24-48 hours after your treatment. These items may contribute to increased swelling or irritation.

Avoid the use of Retin-A or similar products (ex. Kinerase, Tazarac) 2 days after treatment to avoid increased irritation or redness.

Avoid cosmetic treatments such as laser, ultrasound, peels, facials or micro-dermabrasion for 2 weeks after treatment.

4 days prior to treatment, start eating fresh pineapple or bromelain tablets 2 x daily.

Try to avoid wearing makeup or lipstick until the day after treatment. Earlier use may cause pustules. If you must wear makeup, we recommend a good quality mineral makeup for the face or Aquaphor ointment for the lips.

Please report to your provider immediately if you have increased pain, swelling, redness, blisters or itching following your treatment.

Ice the treated areas for the next 24 hours. Place the icepack on the area for 20 minutes and remove the ice pack for 20 minutes. Continue this pattern for 24 hours.

Please remember one side may heal faster than the other side.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

It is imperative that you avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 4 weeks prior to your
treatment. This is a must and no exceptions will be made.

Avoid applying self-tanner for 2 weeks prior to treatment.

Avoid aspirin and Ibuprofen for one week prior to your treatment. Inform the doctor if you are taking blood thinners (NSAIDs) or regularly take aspirin or ibuprofen.

Avoid irritants to area, such as bleaching creams,retinoids/retinoids,glycolic/salicylic acids or chemical peels 2 weeks prior to appointment.

Avoid alcohol for 2 days prior to treatment.

Inform the doctor if have taken Accutane (oral acne medication), or any other medication which makes you photosensitive in the past year.

Store ice packs in your freezer for use after your procedure.

Please arrive without creams or make-up on the treatment area the day-of your appointment.

Use mild cleansers and moisturizers.

Avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen, alcohol, heavy exertion and activities which may cause flushing for 2 days after treatment.

Avoid harsh topical products such as retinols and glycolic acid products for one week after.

Avoid direct sunlight on the treated area and use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater for 4 -6 weeks after your treatment.

Anticipate some social down-time following your treatment.

Kybella

Eat fresh pineapple. Or take bromelain tablets 2 x daily at least 4 days before treatment.

Avoid blood thinning medication. One week prior, avoid NSAID’s, Plavix, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil and vitamin E. If using Warfarin, Coumadin, Eliquis or Heparin, please obtain consent from your doctor before stopping.

Avoid red wine. Four days prior to treatment stop drinking red wine and avoid other NSAID’s listed above.

Drink lots of water. 1 day before treatment, drink 5 – 6 glasses of water.

Don’t skip breakfast. The morning of, consume plenty of food and drink as this will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during the treatment.

For better results, achieve your desired weight prior to treatment. Expect swelling and possible bruising in neck area which may last several weeks.

PLEASE TRY TO LIMIT YOUR SMOKING and ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES BEFORE AND
AFTER THE TREATMENT AS SMOKING INTERFERES WITH HEALING.

For most patients, downtime with Kybella is minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session.

The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

Call your doctor if you develop an asymmetric smile, facial muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, or if any existing symptom worsens.

Apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes as needed.

Laser Hair Removal

The area to be treated must be clean-shaven. Unshaven clients will be rescheduled.

Avoid UV exposure 7 days prior to your treatment.

Clients who are sunburned or tanned must wait 2 weeks before being treated to avoid additional skin damage.

Avoid sunless tanning products 7 days prior to your treatment. It is recommended that you exfoliate the area to remove any residual color.

If applicable, apply numbing cream 30 to 40 minutes prior to your treatment. All products must be completely removed prior to treatment.

Clients should come to appointments with clean skin in the area to be treated. All clients who are treating any part of their face or neck will be required to cleanse their entire face in the clinic.

Avoid chemical peels and other laser procedures in the area to be treated for 2 weeks prior and two weeks after your laser treatment.

Avoid all alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl products (AHA/BHA), hydroquinone, retinols/retinoid, Tazorac, and Differin for 7 days before treatment.

Clients with any abnormal lesions, moles or spots on the area to be treated must be cleared by a medical practitioner prior to treatment.

Clients must stop waxing, tweezing and chemical epilation 3 weeks prior to treatment.

If you are prone to cold sores, it is highly recommended to take an anti-viral medication (such as Valtrex) prior to your treatment. Clients with active cold sores will not be treated.

Clients who have used Accutane or similar products within the last 6 months CANNOT have laser hair removal treatments.

Client should not perform any physical activity that increases body temperature or blood pressure within 2 hours before and after treatments.

If you have Botox or dermal fillers in the area to be treated, wait 14 days both before and after injection to receive treatments.

Antibiotics may increase photosensitivity. We recommend that you check with your personal physician prior to receiving laser treatments if you are taking a long-term antibiotic. If you become ill and begin taking an antibiotic, you will need to be off the medication for 7 days before laser treatment.

Boots may not be worn immediately after leg treatments.

Avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post-treatment.

If blisters occur, do not puncture. If skin is broken, apply an antibiotic ointment until healed.

Tylenol is recommended for post-treatment discomfort.

Over the counter medication is recommended for post treatment discomfort. You may also apply Restorative Gel (highest recommended), cool towels, ice packs or aloe vera to alleviate discomfort due to heat.

Avoid using seat warmers immediately after treatment.

Avoid any additional laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks post-treatment or until healing has occurred.

Using a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or higher is critical when receiving laser treatments and is recommended ongoing for maintenance.

If you experience any side effects, such as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation, prolonged redness or swelling, a histamine reaction, or blistering, call or come in for instructions on treatment.

To achieve the best results, complete the full treatment schedule at the intervals recommended by your technician.

Exfoliate treated areas to minimize risk of ingrown hairs.

Microneedling

No Retin-A products or applications 24 hours prior to your treatment.

No auto-immune therapies or products 24 hours prior to your treatment.

No prolonged sun exposure to the face 24 hours prior to your treatment. A Microneedling treatment will not be administered on sunburned skin.

On the day of the treatment, please keep your face clean and do not apply makeup.

If you are taking a blood thinner, aspirin or any other medication that you have the
propensity to bleed easily while on, please tell your technician. If you are under a
physician’s care and need to discontinue your medication for a few days, always ask your
physician prior to each SkinPen Microneedling appointment.

If you are planning to receive Botox, make sure that you give yourself at least 2 weeks
post Botox injections before receiving your Microneedling procedure.

If an active or extreme breakout occurs before treatment, please consult your
practitioner.

Wait 6 months following oral isotretinoin use.

Use tepid water for the initial 24 hours to rinse the treated area. After 24 hours, use a
gentle cleanser to cleanse the face for the following 72 hours and gently dry the treated
skin. Always make sure that your hands are clean when touching the treated area.

Apply the SkinPen® lubricant provided for moisture over the next 24 hours.

Do not take any inflammatory medicines for at least 2 weeks post treatment.

It is recommended that makeup or sunscreen hould not be applied for 24 hours after
the procedure. Do not apply any makeup with a makeup brush, especially if it is not clean.

After the initial 24 hours, apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 for two weeks. A chemical-free sunscreen is highly recommended.

What to Avoid:
For at least 3 days post treatment, do NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in a low pH formula) or anything perceived as ‘active’ skincare.

Avoid intentional and direct sunlight for 48 hours. No tanning beds.

Do not go swimming for at least 24 hours post-treatment.

No exercising or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post-treatment. Sweating and
gym environments must be avoided during the first 72 hours post-treatment.

Non-Surgical Nose


Eat fresh pineapple or bromelain tablets 2 x daily at least 4 days before treatment.

Avoid blood thinning medication. One week prior, avoid NSAIDs, Plavix, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil and vitamin E. If using Warfarin, Coumadin, Eliquis or Heparin, please obtain consent from your doctor before stopping.

Avoid red wine. Four days prior to treatment stop drinking red wine and avoid other NSAIDs listed above.

Don’t skip breakfast. The morning of, consume plenty of food and drink as this will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during the treatment.

Do NOT, touch, press, rub, or manipulate the implanted areas for 6 hours after treatment. This can cause irritation, sores or possible scarring.

Avoid vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure for 3 days after treatment.

Avoid submerging head under water for a full 24 hours after Voluma® XC treatment; this includes pools, beach, bathtub, hot tub, etc.

Avoid Aspirin, Motrin, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E or any other essential fatty acids at least 3 days to 1 week after treatment. These items may increase bleeding and bruising.

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, Niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, spicy foods and cigarettes 24-48 hours after your treatment. These items may contribute to increased swelling or irritation.

Avoid the use of Retin-A or similar products (ex. Kinerase, Tazarac) 2 days after treatment to avoid increased irritation or redness.

Avoid cosmetic treatments such as laser, ultrasound, peels, facials or micro-dermabrasion for 2 weeks after treatment.

4 days prior to treatment, start eating fresh pineapple or bromelain tablets 2 x daily.

Try to avoid wearing makeup or lipstick until the day after treatment. Earlier use may cause pustules. If you must wear makeup, we recommend a good quality mineral makeup for the face or Aquaphor ointment for the lips.

Please report to your provider immediately if you have increased pain, swelling, redness, blisters or itching following your treatment.

Ice the treated areas for the next 24 hours. Place the icepack on the area for 20 minutes and remove the ice pack for 20 minutes. Continue this pattern for 24 hours.

Please remember one side may heal faster than the other side.

Oxygeneo

Stop using retinoids/retiniods, alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy 7 days. Please avoid wearing makeup to appointment. Avoid excessive amounts of direct sunlight, bleaching,laser hair removal, waxing and heavy scrubs one week before.

You will not be treated if a sunburn is present.

If you have a history of cold sores, please let the physician know.

DO wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser and liberally apply a bland moisturizer after cleansing and throughout the day as needed to prevent dryness and formation of crust (Aquaphor, Cetaphil, CeraVe, Alastin Restorative Nectar).

DO wait 7 days before resuming the use of Retin-a (tretinoin), Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Ziana, Veltin, Atralin, glycolic acids or any other exfoliating agents such as a Clarisonic Brush.

Do NOT vigorously rub the skin and DO NOT pick at the flaking skin as this may cause scarring.

Sun protection is critical. You should NOT have any sun exposure; wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30. This includes driving to work. Obviously, do not use a tanning salon.

AVOID laser treatments, waxing, the use of depilatories, or microdermabrasion for 3 weeks.

AVOID swimming, sauna, or whirlpool use for at least 7 days after the peel.

If you were instructed to take an antiviral medication, DO complete the prescribed course.

The procedure may cause swelling, redness, crusting, dryness, skin sensitivity, itching, and peeling of the site which could last for 1-2 weeks. In the days after the peel, the skin may feel and look tight, with parchment-paper like changes or darkening. These are expected reactions.

PDO


Eat fresh pineapple or bromelain tablets 2 x daily at least 4 days before treatment.

Ask questions. Many first-time Botox clients are curious about the cost, how many units of product are needed and the areas of the face that can be treated with Botox and dermal fillers.

Avoid blood thinning medication. One week prior, avoid NSAID’s, Plavix, Asprin, Ibuprofen, fish oil and vitamin E. If using Warfarin, Coumadin, Eliquis or Heparin, please obtain consent from your doctor before stopping.

Avoid red wine. Four days prior to treatment stop drinking red wine and avoid other NSAID’s listed above.

Drink lots of water. 1 day before treatment, drink 5 – 6 glasses of water.

Don’t skip breakfast. The morning of, consume plenty of food and drink as this will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during the treatment.

RESULTS:
• Effects should be noticeable immediately after treatment. However, maximum effect will occur in 4-6
weeks.
• Bruising and swelling is normal and expected. If bruising is visible you can take oral Arnica or apply
topical Arnica gel or Cearna Arnica patch to areas that are discolored.
• Asymmetry and irregularity of the tissue is common and will typically resolve in one to two weeks
• Pain at the insertion points is normal and may last several days after treatment. Please consult your
provider for any pain beyond 2 weeks.

AVOID:
• Excessive movement or animation of the area injected for 2 weeks.
• Massage or manipulation of the tissue for 2 weeks.
• Aesthetic treatments including RF, IPL, Laser, or Microneedling for 4 weeks.
• Strenuous exercise for 1 week after facial treatments and 2 weeks after body treatments. No deep
squats for one month if you have had any threads injected into the buttocks area.
• Steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, or any water source that could be unclean or excessive in
temperature for two weeks.
• Taking Ibuprofen for 2 weeks. Acetaminophen may be taken instead, if needed.

WHEN TO CALL:
• If any of the threads are exposed or start to extrude.
• If you develop a reddened, hard, painful nodule over one or more of the threads.
• If you experience increased redness, swelling, or pain at the insertion site.
• Irregularity or visible ridges (buckling) of threads 2 weeks post-treatment.
• If you have any questions regarding your treatment.

Platelet-rich Fibrin (PRF)

Avoid the following for at least 1 week prior to your procedure to decrease the risk of bruising or swelling: – NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, Naprosyn, Aspirin)—Tylenol is allowed -Certain nutritional supplements (Gingko, Garlic, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Flax Oil, Curcumin and other anti-inflammatory nutrients) -Systemic Steroids (prednisone, dexamethasone) -Alcohol and Cigarettes

Hydrate well the day before and the day of the procedure for ease of blood draw.

You may start Arnica 5 pellets, 3 times a day starting 2 days before and continuing for 2 days after the procedure to decrease the risk of bruising.

Expect mild inflammation, redness, swelling for a few days.

Bruising may last several weeks. You may apply arnica gel, cream to the area to help. You can continue to take Arnica, 5 pellets 3 times a day until bruising clears.

Avoid the sun & use a physical sun block daily to prevent permanent discoloration.

Avoid manipulating or pressing on the treated area(s) for 48 hours (including having other treatments done and avoid washing hair if PRP is being injected into the scalp for hair loss). If you are concerned with any lumps felt, please call the office.

Avoid any massages to the areas treated.

Eat healthy and hydrate very well (at least 64 ounces of water daily).

For the first 4 hours after your treatment, only apply Alastin Nectar; 4 hours post treatment, it is okay to apply physical sunblock; 48 hours post treatment it is okay to apply makeup; 5-7 days after treatment, it is okay to resume normal product use.

Resurfx Non-Ablative

You must have had no sun exposure 1 month prior to treatment (nor 1 month post treatment.)

Discontinue any retinoid products 5 days prior to treatment (also 5 days post treatment.)

Have your Valtrex prescription filled and take starting 1 day before the treatment.

Arrive to your appointment 45 minutes prior for numbing of the area.

Shave the area if there is hair. If you have a beard, trim to what would be equivalent to a “2 day shadow.”

Arrive clean faced without make-up, moisturizers or lotions.

Wear or bring a button-down shirt so as not to pull anything over the face or across the body after treatment.

Immediately After Treatment. Use a bland moisturizer like Aquaphor or Cetaphil cream. Use of cold compresses or cold (not frozen) gel packs helps alleviate the heat sensation.

First Few Days. Do not wear make-up for 2 days after treatment. Continue gentle cleansing and moisturizing over the next few days. Once dry skin starts to flake off, please allow your skin to heal and DO NOT scrub, rub, or use exfoliants.

First Week of Healing. Keep treated area clean; avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive exercise, perspiring, swimming, yoga or exposing skin to heat and sun.

Skin Care Products. All of your skin care products should be non-irritating and non-clogging for the first week. Aveeno, Dove, Neutrogena, and Cetaphil are easily accessible brands.

Scrubs, Toners, Bleaching Creams, Glycolic Acid, and retinoids (Retin A, Tazorac, tretinoin). Your skin will be sensitive for the first week or so after treatment. Do not use products that will cause irritation for a minimum of 5 days after treatment. Do not use bleaching creams, abrasive scrubs, toners, or products that contain glycolyic acids or retinoids. Read the product labels. Retinoids may be resumed 5 full days after treatment as long as treatment area is free of flaking, redness, irritation.

Normal Skin Care Regimen. Once all dry skin has flaked off and your skin is fully healed, you may resume your routine skin care and make-up products, as long as they are tolerable to you. We recommend a mineral based make-up.

Sunscreen. Use sunscreen immediately after treatment. Continue to use to prevent sun damage to the skin. Sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have an SPF of 30 or more. Use sunscreen immediately after treatment and apply daily for at least 3 months after your last treatment. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. If direct sun exposure is necessary, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area. Diligent sunscreen use may lower the risk of laser-induced hyperpigmentation (darker skin color).

Moisturizer. Remember that peeling and/or flaking is normal. Therefore, the moisturizer you use should be non-irritating and non-clogging, or else you could develop breakouts. Instead of using 2 separate products, you may use moisturizers that contain SPF30+. Reapply whenever your skin feels dry.

QuestionS?

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the instructions listed above, or if you experience any sort of adverse reaction, give our office a call at (520) 790-1234

We look forward to helping you create a customized treatment and recovery plan!

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