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  • Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment

  • Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should be cleanly shaved

  • No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment

    • Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.

  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.)

  • Notify clinic with any changes to  your health history or medications since your last appointment

  • History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment

  • History of a histamine flare response may necessitate antihistamine dosage prior to treatment. 


  • Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen  to prevent further sun damage

  • Cold compresses or chilled gel packs may be applied post treatment

  • Bruising, redness, petechiae and swelling may occur and resolve with time

  • Treated pigment will turn darker (brown to black) within 24-48 hours.

    • Do not pick at treated areas.

    • Treated pigment will exfoliate off the face in approximately 1 week.

    • Treated pigment will exfoliate off the body in approximately 2-3 weeks.

  • Avoid heat – hot tubs, saunas, etc. for 1-2 days

  • Avoid skin irritants (examples below) a few days post-treatment

    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc. 

  • Multiple treatments are required

  • Notify clinic of any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling, localized rash with or without redness, itching, etc.)

  • Consult with clinic about when to resume skin care regime.

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