Before we get into your post-care instructions, here’s a few things you can expect: Immediately after your treatment, you may experience mild to moderate redness, swelling, and a sun burn sensation. These side effects typically resolve over the next few days. Over the course of the next 6 months, collagen production will be stimulated in the treated area, progressively resulting in tighter, firmer skin.
REMEMBER TO MOISTURIZE
After your treatment, moisturize the treated area with Vaseline® or Aquaphor® at least three times daily for three to four days. This will reduce any irritation and promote healing.
STAY OUT OF THE SUN
We recommend you avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds three days after your treatment, and always apply sunblock with SPF 50+ to the treated area any time you are outside. We also recommend barrier protection such as wide-brimmed hats, large sunglasses and protective clothing.
Time to reschedule your beach, spa & trainer sessions...you should avoid steam rooms, saunas and exercise/sweating for 24 hours.
CHILL OUT IN THE SHOWER
Hold the hot baths & showers and take short, cool or lukewarm showers and avoid scrubbing or shaving the area for a minimum of three days. After showering, gently pat the area dry with a clean towel.
These include harsh soaps, medicated washes, scrubs, peels, and topical prescription products, such as retinoids for at least three days. We recommend applying only Vaseline, Aquaphor, hydrocortisone 1%, or sunscreen as needed, as well as same-day makeup if you need to! Reminder: refrain from scrubbing the area!
What To Do If You Experience These Common Side Effects….
FOR REDNESS, SWELLING OR DISCOMFORT
Apply cool ice packs to the affected area, taking them on and off every three to five minutes for one to two hours (do not apply ice pack for more than five minutes at a time). Also, apply hydrocortisone 1% and Vaseline® or Aquaphor® to the affected area up to three times a day until it goes away.
We recommend taking oral liquid Benadryl®, Allegra® or Clartin® (antihistamines available over-the-counter) as needed, as well as applying hydrocortisone 1%, and Vaseline® or Aquaphor® to the affected area up to three times per day until it resolves. Also, avoid scratching the area.
Questions? Experiencing anything not covered here? Come in to any LaserAway or give us a call at 1-888-261-8393. Also, don’t forget to book your follow-up assessment in six months, so we can plan your next Thermage treatment!