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How to care for your skin post-treatment

After-treatment expectations:

Erythema: (redness) typically resolves in less than an hour, but in some cases may linger for 24 hours.

Frosting: usually fades in 30 minutes.

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. 

Hypo-pigmentation: may occur when treatment epidermal pigmented lesions. It is usually transient and resolved over a period of 4-6 months.  

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. 

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