SKINCARE: Day of treatment, apply either nothing, Defenage 8-in-1 BioSerum or TNS+ Advanced Serum or a serum provided at the office. These contain active growth factors and signals to help the skin hydrate itself and look young. We also recommend a bland moisturizer like Vanicream, CLn, Cerave, or Cetaphil. After the first day, gently wash and pat the skin gently dry for two days. Do not scrub the treated area. Moisturize frequently.
NEXT DAY: YOU MUST reapply sunscreen with minimum 30 SPF, and physical blocker only (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide) for the first few days. It is OK to apply makeup the next day. Keep in mind that the sun gets through the windows of your house and car. Use a gentle face wash like Vanicream, Avene Clean AC, Avene AntiRougeurs, Dove or Cetaphil. You may need to moisturize more than usual, and a thick, gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer is recommended like Vanicream Cream, Cetaphil, or Cerave. Some people may need to moisturize 5-6 times per day, especially if you are pink. Revision Vitamin C is OK to use because it has a neutral pH but other Vitamin C products should be avoided until skin is completely back to normal.
DOWNTIME: Typically, the face will burn like a bad sunburn for a few hours. You may use an ice pack to help with this but do not let it drip directly on the skin, protect skin with a clean, dry gauze. You will look like you have a sunburn for a few hours after and then turn slightly pink the remainder of your treatment day. Depending on the level of treatment you are undergoing, you may have what looks like small flecks of dirt on the skin for up to 7 days, but you can increase your moisturizer use to help reduce downtime. 1 in 100 patients may have severe swelling. Call the office at 504-226-7873 if this happens.
HEAT: Please no hot tubs, saunas, facials, or waxing for at least 1 week after your 1927 treatment. Increased redness may result from any activity that increases blood flow or body temperature (e.g., alcohol consumption, exercise, and sauna). We recommend limiting high intensity workouts for 2-3 days after treatment.
SHAVING: You may shave 3 days after 1927 treatment. Make sure your blade is new or cleaned first.
AVOID AFTER TREATMENT: Retinols, Retin-A, Tazorac, acid-based washes, face scrubs and Vitamin C products that you are not sure of the pH of, for at least 5 days and until skin is back to normal. Avoid SkinMedica HA5 for 3-5 days after your procedure because you will be wasting it. These do not need to be stopped before treatment. DO NOT use any toners or makeup that contains alcohol for at least 7 days after treatment.
DO NOT PICK AT DRY SKIN: Usually, any crust will separate naturally within 5-7 days after the treatment.
COLD SORES: If you have a history of herpes or cold sores occurring anywhere on the face, please let us know before your appointment. Continue your prevention medication until skin is back to normal. Prevention dose of valacyclovir is 500-1000 mg daily for 3-5 days. If you get an outbreak, your dose needs to be increased and it depends on the location: lips, take 2000 mg 2 times per day for 1 day. For outbreaks in other locations on the face, please call the office for guidance.
INFECTION AND DERMATITIS: 1927 laser at Pure Dermatology is performed in a sterile environment. The risk of infection and allergic dermatitis is extremely low. PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE REDNESS THAT IS NOT IMPROVING EACH DAY, OR IF YOU DEVELOP BLISTERS, A RASH, OR HAVE PAIN OR PUSTULES. IF YOU CAN, PHOTOGRAPH IT BEFORE APPLYING MAKE-UP, WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU WITHOUT HAVING TO COME TO THE OFFICE. EMAIL THE PHOTO TO DRHOLCOMB@PUREDERMNOLA.COM OR DRHASELTINE@PUREDERMNOLA.COM AND CALL THE OFFICE AT 504-226-7873
IMMEDIATELY. TANNING: Please no tan of any type for at least 4 weeks before or after treatment. Tanning beds and lying in the sun increase aging and lessen your chance of success with this procedure.
RE-TREATMENT: Patients typically need a series of 3 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart to achieve optimal results. Most patients report seeing improvement after the second treatment, but optimal results appear 3 months after the last treatment
PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS AT (504) 226-