It is imperative to protect the treated skin from the sun for a full 4 weeks prior to the Fraxel®. This is best accomplished by the use of spf 30 sunscreen daily (preferably containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) and a hat worn during times of greater exposure to the sun’s rays. Any tan or “color” from the sun can cause side effects. You should also stop all glycolic, retinoid and lightening creams one week prior to treatment.
Seventy-five minutes before your appointment, our office staff will apply topical numbing gel to the area to be treated. Your physician will also give you a prescription for Valacyclovir (Valtrex) which you should take prior to and after your office visit. Because we are using a very potent numbing cream, make sure you do not have any other lidocaine injected or applied the day of the procedure (such as with dental work or laser hair removal).
To avoid bruising, discontinue aspirin and ibuprofen for 1 week prior to a Fraxel® treatment. You should wait 2 weeks after any other cosmetic procedure (ie. Botox® or fillers) or waxing to be treated with the Fraxel® Dual.