What to Expect Before your procedure
Your first step to a successful treatment outcome is a pre-treatment consultation. A consultation will provide you with the information you need to make the treatment choices for your needs. It also provides your clinician with the information needed to determine the best course of laser treatment for your desired outcomes. During your consultation, be prepared to provide information about your medical history and your goals for the procedure. This is also a good time to get answers to your treatment questions and to discuss treatment costs. Treatment costs can vary widely and are based upon:
- Medical history
- Degree of the condition to be treated
- Laser treatment type
- Size of treatment area
- Number of treatments needed
During your procedure
Before your treatment, your provider may measure the melanin in your skin to adjust laser power to your specific needs. This can be done by a visual exam using the Fitzpatrick Skin Type evaluation. Or, it can be done using a hand-held melanin reading device to guide your treatment plan. Assessing the condition of your skin is essential to avoid over-treatment or under-treatment-and helps ensure the best aesthetic outcomes. Your provider will work with you to help ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. During treatment, your clinician will move a hand piece over your skin, which will pulse as it emits the laser light. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the hand piece is being pulsed. This sensation produces little to no discomfort.
After your procedure
Post-treatment recovery varies depending on your type of laser treatment and your medical history. Your clinician will provide you with specific follow-up care instructions. Below are some general guidelines for what you can expect after the treatments.
For non-ablative and IPL treatments
After your treatment, expect to be able to resume your normal daily activities. You will notice redness at the treatment site, which should resolve in a day or two. You can manage any discomfort that you have with wrapped ice packs or gel packs (do not apply ice directly to skin). Your doctor may also recommend an oral, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen) or analgesic (acetaminophen) to reduce discomfort. Use the medicine according to your doctor’s recommendations. You may bath and shower as usual, but keep in mind that the treated area may be temperature sensitive. Until redness has resolved, avoid the following: Sun exposure and tanning on the treated area. Apply an SPF 30+ or greater sunscreen to prevent injury to the treatment area and to prevent changes in pigmentation. Applying cosmetics to the treated area. Mineral make-up can be accepted swimming, especially in pools with chemicals such as chlorine. Hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and saunas. Activities that cause excess perspiration or any activity that may raise your core body temperature. Aggressive scrubbing and use of exfoliates on the treated area.
For pigmented lesions
You may notice that the treated pigmented lesion looks raised and/or darker with a reddened perimeter. This is normal and the lesion will gradually turn darker over the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours. It may turn dark brown or even black. The lesion will progress to darkening and/or crusting and will start flaking off in an average of seven to twenty-one days. The lesion will usually heal in twenty-one to thirty days. It will continue to fade over the next six to eight weeks. Do not to pick, remove, or pull at any darkened lesions, as scarring may occur.
For vascular lesions
The vessels may undergo immediate greying or blanching, or they may exhibit a slight purple or red color change. The vessels will fully or partially fade in about ten to fourteen days. Schedule a follow-up appointment for evaluation. Repeat treatments may be performed every seven to fourteen days if skin has fully recovered. One to four treatments may be necessary seven to fourteen days apart. Do not pick, remove, or pull at any darkened lesions, as scarring may occur. Until redness has resolved, avoid the following:
- Sun exposure and tanning on the treated area. Apply an SPF 45 or greater sunscreen to prevent injury to the treatment area and to prevent changes in pigmentation.
- Applying cosmetics to the treated area for at least 10 days.
- Swimming, especially in pools with chemicals such as chlorine.
- Hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and saunas.
- Activities that cause excess perspiration or any activity that may raise your core body temperature.
- Aggressive scrubbing and use of exfoliates on the treated area.
Diana has been is qualified in all laser safety for from class 3 to class 4 lasers. She has been practicing successfully in Laser & IPL for approximately 20 years . She has been working also for some well renowned Cosmetic Dermatologists in Melbourne and has excellent references from all. Diana is also qualified in the Palomar Systems and continues to go to all updates.
- Diploma of Beauty Therapy with Electrolysis
- Low Level laser Therapy. (multilase)
- N.D Yag
- IPL laser SIPL- Palomar
- Qualified cert 4 work place trainer and assessor
- AMCLA MEMBERSHIP Australasian Medical and Clinical Association
- WALT World Association of Laser Therapy