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Pre-Treatment Instructions
  • Discontinue medications or supplements that may thin your blood one week prior to vein treatments to minimize bruising and improve the success of your treatment. This includes fish oil, flax seed oil, Vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve), and red wine. If you are taking aspirin electively and not upon the advice of your physician, then you may stop it for 48 hours prior to your treatment. Do not stop aspirin or blood thinners if recommended by your physician.

  • You may wish to bring a pair of shorts to wear during your treatment if you are having your legs treated.

  • If facial veins are being treated, there may be minor bruising and/or swelling following treatment. This can typically be covered using make-up. Plan accordingly since your face may show slight evidence of the laser treatment for a week or more.

  • If leg veins are being treated, there may be minor bruising, discoloration, and welting over treatment sites. Larger leg veins may appear bruised for a a period of time after treatments accordingly, allowing for healing time and time for your treatment results to evolve to completion. The best time to treat leg veins are in fall, winter and spring when you are less inclined to wear shorts or be exposed to sun.

  • Plan treatments allowing for a period of no sun exposure, vigorous activity or use of hot tubs, saunas or spas for 48 hours after treatment.

Post-Treatment Instructions
  • Immediately after treatment, there may be mild redness and swelling at the treatment site, which may last up to 2 hours or longer. The redness may last up to 2-3 days. The treated area may feel like sunburn. Apply ice packs or gel packs (do not apply direct ice) for first few hours after treatment to reduce any discomfort or swelling. If redness or swelling persists, ice packs can be continued.

  • Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment unless there is blistering.

  • Avoid sun exposure until skin has returned to its normal baseline (no redness or swelling).

  • Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any other hair removal treatment products or services (waxing, electrolysis or tweezing) that will disturb the hair follicle in the treatment area.

  • Wash the treated area and pat dry for 3 days after treatment. Do not scrub. Start gently scrubbing treated area on the 4th day (ex-foliate).

  • Anywhere from 5-10 days after the treatment, shedding of the surface hair may occur and this appears as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth, it is the shaft that was below the skin and is being expelled. It may take 7-10 days for the shafts to be fully expelled.

  • There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently, as if you had sunburn, for the first 24 hours.

  • At the next visit, it is important for the patient to let the practitioner know how long the redness lasted after treatment and when significant hair growth was noticed in the area. This info will allow the practitioner to individualize treatments to achieve the desired results.

  • DO NOT waxed, plucked or use NAIR like products during your laser hair removal treatments. Patient is only allowed to SHAVE while getting laser hair removal treatments. THIS IS IMPORTANT.

Contraindications
  • Immune system disorder

  • Hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation.

  • Patients that are pregnant, may be pregnant or breast feeding

  • Persons with unhealthy psychology

  • Persons taking aspirin or antioxidant.

  • Abnormal blood coagulation

  • Light sensitive skin

  • Diabetes mellitus, skin cancer, psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis

  • Active infection or history of herpes simplex Coagulation disorders. Will need to be pre-medicated.

  • Patients with unrealistic expectations

  • Patients unwilling or unable to follow post treatment care instructions.

  • Allergic to topical anesthetics, antibiotics or similar medications

  • Use of Accutane within previous 12 months.