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  • Tell your technician if you have a history of hyperpigmentation. Depending on your skin type, a pigmentation treatment may be started 2-6 weeks prior to treatment.

  • This procedure may not be performed on an active break

  • Avoid sun exposure for 1 to 3 weeks prior to treatment and use SPF 30 daily to ensure coverage against UVB and UBA rays.

  • Do not use self-tanning products for 1 to 3 weeks prior to or post-treatment.

  • Always inform your doctor of all medications and your medical history, including supplements you may be taking.

  • If you have any history of Herpes Simplex (cold sores) on your face, inform the doctor one week before your appointment; this will allow adequate time to prescribe a medication to prevent an outbreak. Cancel your appointment if you have an active infection.

  • Avoid, if possible, aspirin for 10 days, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), other non-steroidal medications (Aleve) and Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, and fish oil supplements for 5 days before the procedure

  • Avoid anti-histamine and inflammatory drugs 1 week prior to treatment. These negate the effects of the procedure. The body's histamine and inflammatory response are needed post-procedure.

  • Discontinue use of Tretinoin-type products (Renova, Tretinoin, Retin A, Retin A Micro, Tri-Luma, Solage, etc.) at least 2 or 3 days prior to treatment.

  • Discontinue the use of Hydroquinone 1 week prior to treatment.

  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.)


  • Immediately After Treatment.

    • Expect your skin to appear pink for a few hours after treatment

    • Your skin may be temperature sensitive for a few days after treatment

    • Apply ice packs if needed after treatment. You may also cleanse your face with a mild cleanser.

    • Increase or decrease skin pigmentation at the site of the treated areas: which usually resolves in one to three days.

  • First Few Days.

    • Continue cleansing and moisturizing over the next few days. DO NOT scrub, rub, or use exfoliants.

    • Moisturizer. Remember that peeling and/or flaking is normal during the healing process. Therefore, the moisturizer you use should be non-irritating and non-clogging, or else you could develop breakouts.

    • Avoid Heat - hot tubes, saunas, etc.

  • First Week of Healing.

    • Avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive exercise, perspiring, swimming, 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 or so after treatment.

    • Do not use abrasive scrubs, toners, or products that contain tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.

  • DAILY SUNSCREEN should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Your diligent sunscreen use may lower the risk of laser-induced hyperpigmentation (darkening).

  • Resume your normal skin care regimen after about a week when your skin has fully healed