Non-Invasive Post Treatment Instructions
These are instructions pertaining to non-invasive, in-office treatments.
The following instructions are your obligation. Included are normal experiences and observations of various treatments. Once your procedure is completed, you must follow all the instructions given to you in order to heal properly and have a positive outcome.
Following Your Treatment
Whether this is your first non-invasive treatment or a subsequent treatment, follow these instructions. Instructions vary by treatment.
- Do not bend over or lay flat following treatment. This may increase any swelling you may experience. Sleep with your head elevated for the first few days following treatment for optimal circulation.
- Do not rub or apply pressure to the treated area. In some cases, you may be instructed to massage the treatment area. In other cases, you will be instructed not to massage the area at all. Follow directions for massage explicitly. Call our office if you have any questions.
- Do not wear a hat, headband or any other garment or accessory that may put pressure on the treatment region in the first few hours after treatment.
- If your lips have been injected, avoid pursing your lips for the first few days after injection. This means sipping from a cup rather than a straw, and no pursing a cigarette.
- Maintain hydration. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, caffeine-free and sodium free beverages, and keep skin well hydrated as directed.
- Cleanse and treat your skin as prescribed. Follow the directions you are given for your skin conditions and goals. Proper skincare is essential to support the effects of your resurfacing treatment.
- No sun exposure. Sun exposure must be completely avoided for a minimum of 3 days post treatment. After this time good sun protection is essential. If you are outdoors, apply SPF 30 at least thirty minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every 1 to 2 hours. Wear protective clothing. Following laser, light or energy based treatment of any kind, your skin is highly susceptible to sunburn or the formation of irregular, darkened pigmentation. Therefore, sun protection is required for life to maintain the results you have achieved.
The following are normal experiences that can occur following treatment:
- Tenderness or bruising in the affected area.
- Swelling. Most often due to anesthetic blocks, swelling will resolve within the first few days after injections.
- Asymmetry is possible. Opposite sides of your face, or different treatment regions may react differently including swelling and bruising. This is normal. If asymmetry is severe, is accompanied by acute localized pain, or is not corrected with 7-10 days following your injection, contact our office immediately.
- Red, raw, tight skin, seeping of pink or yellow fluid from the resurfacing wounds and a numb or tingling feeling in the treated region. These are normal experiences as the skin, tissues and sensory nerves heal. Pain medication will help you cope with any discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to our office immediately.
- Your skin may be irritated or red, and feel as though you have a mild sunburn. To alleviate any redness or discomfort, you may apply cool, not cold compresses to the treatment site.
- Flaking and crusting may occur. Do not exfoliate aggressively or attempt to remove any crusting. If you experience any open wounds, contact our office immediately.
Post-treatment experiences vary based on treatment received.
Call the office immediately if you are experiencing one or more of the following:
- A high fever, severe nausea and vomiting, continued dizziness or incoherent behavior, such as hallucinations.
- Any pain that cannot be controlled by your pain medication.
- Excessive bleeding or fluid seeping through your wounds, pustules or a cold sore.
- A severe cloudy drainage seeping from underneath any dressings.
- If you develop any nodules, lumps or uneven appearance in the skin.
To Alleviate Discomfort
- Gently, and without pressure, apply cool, not cold compresses to the treatment site.
- Crushed ice or ice packs must be wrapped in a towel before being applied to the skin.
- Do not apply ice or anything frozen directly to the skin.
- Apply cool compresses for no longer than 20-minute intervals.
- You may also take over the counter pain medication if you experience any discomfort such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Non-Invasive Treatment Follow-Up
- Follow-up treatment varies based on the non-invasive treatment.
- The results of any injectable filler will need to be repeated as defined by the type of filler if you wish to maintain your results.
Follow-Up Office Visits:
Follow-up as directed.
- Your treatment may require several treatments over many weeks to achieve your results.
- Results may not be visible after each treatment, but may gradually develop in the weeks that follow.
- Therefore, it is essential that your progress be monitored throughout your treatment cycle.
- Keep your appointments as directed.
- Call our office at least 3 business days in advance if you must reschedule.
Your facial appearance will change with age . You may be concerned about additional signs of aging or changes in your appearance that result with age. Contact our office with any of your questions or concerns, at any time.