Avoid sun exposure or tanning for one month prior to treatment. Tanned skin can shade blood vessels from the laser light, making treatment less effective and increasing the chance of discoloration.
Avoid taking aspirin for 10 days prior to the procedure. Do not take ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil or related products like Aleve, Naprosyn) for 5 days prior to the procedure. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 2 days prior. You may take Tylenol, which will not affect your laser results.
Do not scrub or traumatize the skin to be treated. Do not use Retin A, Renova or glycolic acid products for 2 days before treatment.
A topical numbing cream called Topicaine will decrease any discomfort associated with the procedure. If you are not able to obtain Topicaine from our office, an alternative cream called LMX (4 or 5%) may be ordered from your pharmacy without a prescription. Apply a generous amount of Topicaine or LMX 1 hour before your appointment and rub into the skin. Repeat this application after you check in for your appointment.