Pre & Post Treatment Instructions

Pre & Post Treatment Instructions

Thank you for choosing Purple Lily Aesthetics.  In our efforts to provide you with the best possible service, we ask that you carefully review these Pre and Post Treatment instructions. If you have any questions about these instructions or require any clarification, please let us know. To obtain the maximum benefit from your skin rejuvenation treatment, it is crucial that you understand and adhere to these instructions. Failure to comply with these instructions may affect your treatment outcome and increase the likelihood or severity of complications.

Pre-treatment: 

  • It is recommended to stop all anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve 1 week prior to your procedure. This will help minimize bleeding and bruising. Please notify us if you are taking prescription blood thinners.
  • DO NOT discontinue any prescription medications without consulting with your physician.

Post-treatment:

  • DO NOT massage the treated areas, gentle washing of the face and use of mineral make-up following treatment is acceptable.

Post-peel instructions:

  • Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be AVOIDED for the first 48 hours.
  • Direct sunlight exposure is to be completely AVOIDED immediately following the treatment (including any strong UV light exposure and tanning beds). If some sun exposure cannot be avoided, first apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater.  Sunscreen should become a part of your daily skin care regimen as your skin will become more sensitive to the sun as a result of the treatment.
  • If the peel has been left on the skin to self-neutralize, wait up to 24 hours to cleanse your face, using a safe, post peel cleanser: PCA Facial Wash, SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser, or Cleanse It.  The peel is more effective if left on the skin overnight to absorb deep into the dermis due to the skin rejuvenation process that occurs at night, during sleep.
  • DISCONTINUE THE USE OF: retinol, vitamin C and all other anti-aging serums and/or acne products.
  • DO NOT APPLY any type of glycolic acid or exfoliation products as this can severely damage or irritate the skin during the entire healing process.
  • DO NOT peel, rub, or scratch your skin at any time whatsoever. This WILL cause damage and compromise your results as well as possibly cause severe scarring.
  • If you experience painful areas of the face, contact your skin care therapist immediately, especially if you are prone to cold sores / fever blisters. Any blisters need to be reported immediately.
  • In the event you have additional questions or concerns regarding your treatment or suggested home product/post treatment care, consult your therapist immediately.

AM and PM care instructions:

  1. Cleanse with the appropriate post peel cleanser: PCA Facial Wash, SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser, or Cleanse-It.
  2. Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub in the shower with steam for approximately 5 minutes (ONLY after visible sloughing of the skin has started, usually on the 2nd day post procedure).
  3. Gently moisturize using either: B5 Hydration Serum, Epidermal Repair, Clini-calm, and/or TNS Ceramide Cream or SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid.
  4. Silkcoat Balm may be used on areas that are irritated or raw.
  5. Medical grade sunscreen SPF of at least 30, morning only.

Pre-treatment: 

  • You will need to stop all anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve 1 week prior to your procedure. Please notify us if you are taking prescription blood thinners. DO NOT discontinue any prescription medications without consulting with your physician.
  • In addition, it is recommended to stop Vitamin E (high dose: 400 mg/day) 10-14 days prior to treatment.
  • If you have a history of fever blisters you will need a prescription for anti-viral medication to begin the night before your treatment and the morning of your treatment.
  • Optional to minimize bruising: Arnica Montana Blister 5 day blister pack, begin 2 days before procedure and begin Arnica+K Cream following your treatment. These supplements may be purchased in our office or similar over-the-counter supplements at your drugstore.

 Post-treatment: 

  • Continue to avoid all anti-inflammatory medications for one more week. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is all right to use.
  • You will be given an ice pack to use for the next 12-24 hours to minimize bruising, swelling and aid in discomfort. Using moistened washcloths placed into Baggies and stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) to keep cool. These work well as compresses and are light weight and provide conform to your face.
  • If you are taking anti-viral medication then complete by taking the last dose the evening of your treatment.
  • Optional: Continue the Arnica blister pack and begin the Arnica+K cream.
  • Make-up may be applied 24 hours following your treatment. Although the possibility of infection is low, it is recommended to use new make-up and new applicator, or no make-up to reduce the chance of infection.

Pre-treatment:

  • Avoid use of NSAID’s: including aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen or Voltaren for 7 days PRIOR to your procedure. Please notify us if you are taking prescription blood thinners.  DO NOT discontinue any prescription medications without consulting with your physician.
  • Avoid herbal and/or vitamin supplements: Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Omega, and Ginkgo for 2 weeks before your treatment.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours before your procedure.
  • Wash your hair the day of the procedure and DO NOT use any styling products (gels, mousse, hair spray, etc.)
  • If you color your hair, do so at least 1 week before the procedure.

 Post-treatment:

  • DO NOT wash your hair immediately after the procedure. You may wash your hair the following day.
  • Following PRP Hair Restoration treatment, you might experience mild discomfort. You may take Tylenol (acetaminophen) 350mg – 500mg 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed, NOT to exceed 4000 mg in 24 hours
  • Avoid use of NSAID’s: including aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, Voltaren or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID’S) for 2 weeks post injection, as it will interfere with the beneficial effects of the PRP treatment and potentially compromise your results.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and activity the same day as your procedure. Reduce physical activity and exercise. Avoid strenuous lifting or high-level exercises at least 48 hours after injection.
  • Light exercises and normal daily activities are permitted.
  • Occasionally, mild facial swelling can develop.
    • If swelling occurs, use warm compresses to the area for 10-20 minutes out of every hour while awake.
    • The swelling will usually resolve in 3-5 days.
    • Arnica Montana, an herbal supplement may also help to resolve the swelling quicker.
    • The swelling will resolve.
  • You will be scheduled a follow-up appointment 6 weeks after your treatment.
  • Wait one week to color your hair.

Pre-treatment: 

  • You will need to stop all anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve 1 week prior to your procedure. Please notify us if you are taking prescription blood thinners. DO NOT discontinue any prescription medications without consulting with your physician.
  • On the day of your will be given an ice pack to use for the next 12-24 hours to minimize bruising, swelling and aid in discomfort. Prepare several (2-3) cold compresses to use following your treatment by using moistened washcloths placed into Baggies and stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) to keep cool. These work well as compresses and are light weight and provide conform to your face.

 Post-treatment:

  • Continue to avoid all anti-inflammatory medications for one more week. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is all right to use.
  • DO NOT massage the treated areas and gently wash your neck.
  • DO NOT wrap your neck or place heavy pressure on your neck as this may cause the medication to migrate outside the intended area of treatment.
  • Use the cool compresses for the next 12-24 hours to minimize bruising, swelling and aid in discomfort.

Pre-treatment:

  • Must avoid tweezing, waxing, electrolysis and bleaching for 6 weeks before
  • Avoid sun/intense light exposure (sunlight or tanning booth exposure) and self-tanning agents for 2 weeks before and after.
  • If there is a history of perioral herpes or genital herpes in the area to be treated, then prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed, starting the day before the treatment and continue for the day of treatment.
  • Skin must be clean and shaved (no stubble), absolutely no lotions, creams, make-up or deodorant in the area of treatment.

 Post-treatment:

  • Immediately after treatment there may be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site, which may last 2 hours or longer. The erythema may last up to 2 to 3 days. The treated area may feel like sunburn for a few hours after treatment.  The use of cool cloths or ice packs during the first few hours after treatment will reduce the discomfort and swelling that may be experienced.
  • Ice packs, cool gel packs, cool aloe vera gel are all-acceptable to be used following treatment.
  • If a blister or break in the skin develops, then an antibiotic ointment may be used twice a day until healed.
  • Make-up may be used the following day unless there is blistering or a break in the skin.
  • Although the possibility of infection is low, it is recommended to use new make-up or no make-up to reduce the chance of infection.
  • AVOID intense light/sun exposure and self-tanning agents at all times throughout the course of treatment. This is to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin).  A sunblock with SPF 30 or greater should be used.
  • AVOID picking or scratching the treated skin.
  • DO NOT use any other hair removal treatment products or similar treatments (waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis) that will disturb the hair follicle on the treatment area for 4 to 6 weeks after the laser treatment is performed. Shaving or depilatories may be used.
  • Following treatment to the axilla (underarms), use a powder instead of a deodorant for 24 hours after treatment to reduce skin irritation.
  • AVOID creams or lotions which contain alpha hydroxyl or glycolic acid for 3 days after treatment. Many anti-aging and acne products contain these acids.  Please check the ingredients of your products.
  • 5 to 14 days following treatment, shedding of the treated hair may occur and this appears as new hair, but it is not new growth. You may clean and remove these hair remnants by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth or loofa sponge.

Pre-treatment:

  • DO NOT tan, do not use self-tanning products or expose the area to be treated to extreme light or sun for 2 weeks prior to each treatment.
  • Shave the area of any hair prior to treatment
  • AVOID the use of any medications known to increase photosensitivity for 2 weeks before treatment (see list).
  • AVOID taking medication such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve to minimize bruising 2 weeks before treatment.
  • Remove all topical products such as lotions and make-up before treatment.

 Post-treatment:

  • AVOID exposure to intense light/sun and avoid sun-tanning product for 2 weeks.
  • AVOID Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve for at least 1 week.
  • Use 30 SPF sun block (or higher) if sun exposure is unavoidable.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS WASH HANDS THROUGHLY AND USE CLEAN WASH CLOTHS, TOWELS, AND PILLOW CASE TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF INFECTION

DO NOT PUT ANY OTHER CREAMS, OINTMENTS, OR PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND ON YOUR FACE UNTIL YOU ARE DIRECTED TO DO SO BY DR. LILI OR NURSE WENDY PARR.

Pre-treatment instructions:

3-4 Weeks before your treatment:

  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater daily.
  • Must avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning creams for 4 weeks prior to your treatment. If you are tanned, your treatment may need to be rescheduled. Sun exposure increases the chance of post-treatment complications.
  • Refrain from tobacco products 4 weeks before and after your treatment as this will delay wound healing and increase the likelihood of persistent skin redness and other complications.
  • Stop high dose Vitamin E (400mg) and ginkgo biloba, melatonin and omega-3 fish oils 3-4 weeks before
  • DO NOT undergo aesthetic procedure such as deep chemical peels, fillers, microneedling, eyebrow microblading or dermaplaning

3 weeks before and after treatment.

  • If you are on a prescription blood-thinner (Coumadin, Plavix, Xarelto), DO NOT discontinue but notify us immediately.

1-2 Weeks before your treatment:

  • Stop using tretinoin cream (Retin A), retinols, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, astringents and harsh chemicals including any topical prescriptions to the treatment area for 2 weeks before your procedure. These medications and products increase your skin’s sensitivity, which can significantly increase the likelihood of complications.
  • Stop any aspirin, aspirin-containing products and all non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen, Voltaren) 1 week before and 2 weeks afterwards, as these will increase the likelihood of bruising.
  • Refrain from alcohol for 1 week before and after your treatment, to minimize persistent redness and complications.
  • If you are prone to cystic acne or are a known Staph carrier, please notify the office so an antibiotic can be ordered for you. Failure to do so may lead to increased risk of complications.
  • If you color your hair, do so at least 1 week before your treatment and no sooner than 2 weeks after your treatment.

1 Week before your treatment:

  • IF YOU HAVE any open sores or skin infections in the treatment area, NOTIFY US IMMEDIATELY.
  • Fill any prescriptions you have been given.
  • Refrain from waxing, sugaring (scrubs), threading or other epilation (hair removal treatments). Shaving is permitted.
  • Purchase Aquaphor Ointment (10-14 oz.) or you may purchase Skinceuticals Hydrabalm from our office to use following your treatment. We have found the Hydrabalm is easier to apply.
  • Have or purchase washcloths to use with the white vinegar solution and to dry your face. If washcloths are new, wash before using, consider using a baby detergent.
  • Have clean towels / pillow cases / sheets are advised, as the ointment will be somewhat messy and stain the fabric.
  • Stock up on groceries, movies and books for when you are recuperating.

Store purchases

  • Aquaphor Ointment tube (10-12 oz.)
  • White vinegar (to make vinegar solution)
  • Rubbing alcohol (to disinfect eyeglasses)
  • Tylenol (for discomfort)
  • Benadryl (for mild itching or moderate swelling)
  • Q-tips (for scratching small isolated areas)
  • Washcloths, towels, pillowcases, sheet
  • Cotton t-shirts
  • Visor or hat with large brim (to protect face from sun)
  • Headbands to keep hair off your face (plastic or elastic), you will be given one.

Purple Lily Purchases

  • Skinceuticals “Hydrabalm” (optional), less greasy than Aquaphor
  • Skinceuticals “Gentle Cleanser” (daily use, days 1-14)
  • Skinceuticals “Epidermal Repair”, (daily use, days 1-14)
  • Skinceuticals Sunscreen “ Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50” (daily use for the first 2 weeks.)
  • Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque (optional), calming, cooling and reduces redness
  • Skinceuticals “Biocellulose Restorative Masque” (optional), cooling and soothing, reduces heat sensation

The day before your treatment:

  • Prepare the vinegar solution in advance (to be used following treatment): 1 teaspoon white vinegar in 2 cups water and refrigerate.
  • Take any prescription antibiotics and / or anti-viral medication as directed.

Day of your treatment:

  • Take your antibiotic and / or antiviral medication if directed to do so.
  • Wash face and hair; DO NOT apply any type of hair styling products (many of these are flammable!)
  • DO NOT apply any make-up: creams, lotions, eye make-up such as mascara or eyeliner.
  • DO NOT wear contact lens.
  • DO NOT wear earrings or necklaces.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, zip-up / button-up shirt.
  • Bring a hat / visor
  • Bring Tylenol

First 4 days following treatment. The first 48 hours are to optimize wound healing and to minimize complications.

  • Apply Skinceuticals “Hydrabalm” or Aquaphor to treated areas 3-4 times a day or more if needed to maintain a continuous layer on your skin. This prevents direct contact between the treated tissue and the air during the healing process. This use of an occlusive ointment improves patient comfort, and reduces the sensation of pain and burning. 
  • Prior to cleansing your skin, moisten a soft cloth with the vinegar solution and dab onto skin to remove the ointment (Aquaphor or Hydrabalm). Follow with the Gentle Cleanser. The vinegar solution can be used as a cooling solution for comfort also. 
  • Cleanse area at least three times a day with “Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser”. Apply cleanser to dry skin, and gently remove with moist soft cloth.
  • Then reapply Skinceuticals Hydrabalm / Aquaphor.
  • Showering and bathing is fine, but be careful not to get shampoo or hair products on the face. Do a vinegar soak after the shower or bath and then follow with Hydra Balm / Aquaphor.
  • You may use Tylenol to help alleviate any discomfort.
  • Sleeping with head elevated on pillows (head above heart) the first few nights post treatment can help minimize swelling.

Days 2-10 or once the skin has peeled (timing depends on how fast you peel)

  • Skinceuticals Biocellulose Mask as needed for comfort (optional).
  • Continue cleansing with Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser. Apply cleanser to dry skin, with clean hands, and remove with CLEAN soft damp cloth. AM/PM.
  • If dry peeling skin is still present, then continue with vinegar soaks 2-3 times/day, Gentle Cleanser and ointment.
  • Apply C E Ferulic Serum AM/PM, ONLY TO HEALED SKIN.
  • Apply thin layer of Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair cream AM/PM, ONLY TO HEALED SKIN.
  • Apply Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50, AM only, ONLY TO HEALED SKIN.

Normal sequence of healing:

  • Edema (swelling) typically occurs. Sleeping with your head elevated on two pillows may help reduce swelling.
  • If you experience any significant swelling or itching, an over the counter anti-histamine such as Benadryl may be helpful. Make sure there are no contraindications to taking the Benadryl.
  • It is normal for your skin to feel sunburned and/or tight.
  • Skin may be red for the first 3-7 days or longer and then turn darker as the skin begins to peel.
  • The skin will usually start peeling on day 3 or 4. DO NOT pick, scrub or force skin off. Allow the skin to peel off on its own. Forcing the skin off prematurely may lead to complications such as delayed healing and pigment changes.

Additional instructions and information:

  • Makeup may be worn after the majority of the skin has peeled off, usually by days 5-8. Be sure to use clean makeup brushes or applicators when applying. The tinted Physical Matte sunscreen will provide some coverage.
  • DO NOT expose your skin to the sun. Remember UVA light passes through house and car windows.
  • The use of a physical sunscreen of is mandatory for 8 weeks after peeling is complete to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darker areas).
  • Wear a protective hat or visor the first 2 weeks while outdoors or until redness/pinkness is gone.
  • An increased sensitivity or irritation to anything that comes in contact with your skin is rare, but may occur. Such as detergents, fabric softeners, or dryer sheets from pillow cases, sheets, towels, etc.
  • Avoid dirty, dusty environments, painting, hairsprays, and perfumes while skin is healing.
  • Avoid mechanical exfoliation for 4 weeks: scrubs, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning or devises such as the Clarisonic.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise (that which results in sweating) for 10 days following treatment.
  • Wait 2 weeks from the date of your treatment before coloring your hair.

Please call the office 812-282-3060 if you experience any increased pain, drainage, severe redness or fever, increased itching, the appearance or onset of a cold sore, blister or similar tingling sensation to a cold sore, or if at any time that you feel you are not healing normally.

Pre-treatment:

  • DO NOT tan, do not use self-tanning products or expose the area to be treated to extreme light or sun for 2 weeks prior to each treatment.
  • Shave the area of any hair prior to treatment
  • AVOID the use of any medications known to increase photosensitivity for 2 weeks before treatment (see list).
  • AVOID taking medication such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve to minimize bruising 2 weeks before treatment.
  • Remove all topical products such as lotions and make-up before treatment.

 Post-treatment:

  • AVOID exposure to intense light/sun and avoid sun-tanning product for 2 weeks.
  • AVOID Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve for at least 1 week.
  • Use 30 SPF (or greater) sun block if sun exposure is unavoidable.
  • AVOID strenuous exercise/activities and hot tubs for at least 48 hours after treatment to allow vessels to remain closed.
  • For leg veins, the short-term use of support hose is recommended to optimize results.

Post-care:

In order to obtain the best results following application of the lash extensions, the following care and maintenance is recommended. If you do any of the following, it may result in damage to your lashes or may cause your lashes to fall out prematurely.

  • Avoid oil based eye products, as these will loosen the bond of your lashes.
  • Avoid getting the lashes wet within the first 24 hours after application.
  • During the first two days after application it is best to avoid swimming, saunas or steam rooms.
  • If I should experience any itching or irritation, contact your Purple Lily Aesthetics Professional immediately to have the lash extensions removed.
  • Avoid using waterproof mascara and do not use an eyelash curler, perm, or tint your Lashes.
  • DO NOT pick, pull or rub your Lashes.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove your lash extensions on your own or with any product, the lash extensions MUST be professionally removed.

READ THOROUGHLY!

It is essential that you follow these instructions after your microblading session:

Day 1 (day of treatment): 2-3 hours after treatment, gently wipe the area with a small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad, just barely damp, NOT wet. Do this 2 to 4 times today to avoid build-up of blood/lymph on the area.

Days 2 & 3: When you wake up, gently wipe the area with a small amount of sterile water on a cotton pad. Be extra careful not to rub the brows hard, tug or scrub the brows.

Do this 2 to 4 more times each day, to avoid any build-up of blood/lymph.

Using a cotton swab, you may apply a very small amount of barrier to brows (very small amount-like half the size of a grain of rice for both brows). This is just to add a small amount of moisture – brows should not appear greasy, glossy or shiny, if they do, you used too much. Do not use aggressive movement/manipulation of the skin – be gentle. Make sure your hands are clean before touching your brows.

Days 4-14: gently clean the brow area with a damp cotton pad, to clean the brows 2-4 times a day. If your brows feel tight or dry, you may apply an extremely thin layer of barrier after cleansing (brows should not be greasy, glossy, or shiny – if so you used too much).

The following must be avoided for 10 days post-microblading procedure:

  • Allowing any water to touch the brows! No shower steam over brows. Wash face CAREFULLY with a washcloth or cleansing wipes, avoid brow area.
  • Sweating
  • Exercising
  • Practicing sports
  • Swimming
  • Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
  • Sun tanning or salon tanning
  • Any laser or chemical treatments or peeling, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic Acid on the face or neck
  • Picking, peeling, or scratching of the brow area. You will cause scarring if the area or removal of the pigment if you pick or peel scabs prematurely.
  • Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris- now is not the time!
  • Spicy foods
  • Do not sleep on face or brows
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds
  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles
  • Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care with a cotton swab
  • Do not use any cleansers or facial products of any kind, over the brow area-it will draw out the pigment

*Before showering apply a thick layer of barrier to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower keep your face away from the showerhead and remove the barrier gently after the shower.

Please note: itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post- microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these aftercare instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR MICROBLADING SESSION:

Your eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.

Days 1-4: The pigment will appear very sharp and dark. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely.  The color of the pigment will soften gradually. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as the excess pigment and/or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin. Your brows may swell and appear larger also.

Days 5-7: Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the pigment is fading too quickly; however, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows.

Days 8-12: Your brows may look as though the pigment has completely faded- do not panic- take a deep breath and trust the process.

Days 14-28: Your brows may still look a little patchy or uneven, but the pigment will start to “reappear” as the pigment settles and the healing continues.

Touch-ups are recommended only after 6 weeks, NO SOONER.  If you have any concerns regarding the healing of the skin, please contact the office at (812) 282-3060.

Pro-tip: once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade quickly.

  • Do not use any products other than POST-PROCEDURE PRODUCTS
  • Keep skin clean
  • Avoid washcloth or abrasive towel
  • Use clean pillow case
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Do not expose skin to extreme heat
  • Do not exercise and avoid any activity, which would cause you to sweat for 48 hours.
  • Avoid wearing makeup for 12 hours. After 12 hours, mineral makeup only
  • Tylenol for pain control

Following the procedure:

  1. Apply Dr. Lilly”s Phaz liberally to the treated area every hour until bedtime as needed.

Evening of procedure:

  1. Apply the following products liberally to the treated area as needed: Phaz, SkinCeuticals B5 Serum, Epidermal Repair, Dr. Lily’s Dewet or Triple Lipid Restore as needed for comfort.
  2. If applicable, take last dose of fever blister medication as directed.

Morning after procedure and the next 3 days:

  1. Cleanse skin with Cleanse-It, SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser or PCA Facial Wash.
  2. Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.
  3. If using Growth Factor then apply following cleansing.
  4. Continue to apply Phaz, SkinCeuticals B5 gel as needed for comfort.
  5. Apply Dewet, Epidermal Repair, Triple Lipid or PCA Rebalance as moisturizer, or CliniCalm.
  6. Apply Dr. Lily VP22 or Skinceuticals Physical Matte sunscreen if outdoors for any reason (includes driving). These tinted sunscreens will substitute as your foundation.

4 Days following the procedure:

  • Resume your normal skin care regimen
  • The skin may scab or flake.
  • DO NOT rub or pick at skin.

1-3 days before treatment:

  • Begin hydration – 8 glasses of water (64 oz.) starting the day before, the day of treatment and the day after treatment
  • Discontinue all retinol products 3 nights before treatment.
  • Also, ideally reduce or avoid coffee, tea, alcohol and other diuretics (except prescription medication) starting the day before Protégé treatment.

Day of treatment:

  • Void before treatment as the treatment may last 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Wear comfortable clothing (no metal such as under-wire bra or metal on a camisole). We will need access to your upper back (most common), buttocks or thigh for placement of the grounding pad.
  • No mak-up, creams or lotion on skin, including the area of grounding pad, such as upper back.
  • No jewelry. Please remove prior to your appointment.
  • Men undergoing facial treatments must shave the morning of the treatment.

Post treatment information and instructions:

  • You may experience transient redness that will last from a few minutes to an hour or possibly longer, in the area of treatment.
  • Your skin may feel warm immediately after the treatment, but this will dissipate quickly.
  • If you had your lower face, chin, neck or décolleté treated, you may have some tenderness in the area for a few hours or a day after.
  • Treatment of the eyelids may yield some swelling and you are encouraged to sleep on two pillows for 24-48 hours.
  • Continue to hydrate.

Pre-treatment:

  • You will need to stop all anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve 1 week prior to your procedure.
  • Please notify us if you are taking prescription blood thinners. DO NOT discontinue any prescription medications without consulting with your physician.

Post-treatment:

  • Continue to avoid all anti-inflammatory medications for one more week.
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) is all right to use.
  • May shower that evening. Allow Band-Aids to get wet so they will come off easier. Apply a triple antibiotic ointment 1-2 times/day until healed.
  • Continue use of Band-Aids until healed, typically 5-7 days. If on the face, DO NOT use make-up on the treated area until healed.
  • Once healed use of sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more will help to minimized hyperpigmentation (dark spots).

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