How to care for your skin post-treatment 

After-treatment expectations:

  1. Erythema: (redness) typically resolves in less than an hour, but in some cases may linger for 24 hours.
  2. Frosting: usually fades in 30 minutes.
  3. Unwanted Pigment: will continue to darken and may turn 2-3 shades darker than the original colour, then shed over time. Most unwanted pigment will significantly lighten or clear within 3-6 sessions. 
  4. Hypo-pigmentation: may occur when treatment epidermal pigmented lesions. It is usually transient and resolved over a period of 4-6 months. 
  5. Post inflammatory hypo/hyper-pigmentation: may occur with any laser treatment. Typically both resolve spontaneously without intervention in 6-12 months

AFTER TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS 

After each treatment session, proper care of the treated area following post treatment instructions can decrease the risk of adverse effects. 

  • Warmth/heat is expected in the treated area for up to 1 hour post-treatment, 
  • Slight swelling (oedema) and erythema (redness) of the treated area may occur after treatment, 
  • Cool the skin post treatment as needed with cold gel packs, cool gel, or cool air, 
  • Wash the treatment area gently with soap and water, 
  • Do not soak the treated area, 
  • There may be slight darkening (bronzing) of the skin noticeable 3-10 days post treatment which resolves without intervention, 
  • Do not shave the treated area if crusting is evident, 
  • Avoid sun exposure between treatments. If sun exposure is unavoidable, apply SPF 50+ to protect exposed, treated areas,
  • Apply moisturisers for sensitive skin as needed,  
  • For patients who are prone to breakouts or have sebaceous skin, consider waiting 24 hours before applying any topical products.