Pre- and POST-PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS
Post treatment care
It works by creating an area of frostbite over the lesion.
The treatment feels like holding onto an ice cube and will cause stinging and moderate pain for several seconds during the procedure.
This pain will significantly decrease after 10 or 15 minutes.
Over several hours the skin will get red and begin to swell. A blister or scab will then form.
Leave the blister intact. A band-aid may be applied to protect the area but is not required. If the blister opens, you make apply Bacitracin or Polysporin ointment.
No special care to the area is required. You may bathe the area normally and apply makeup if desired.
The scab will fall off on its own in a week or two. Scabs on the face tend to resolve more quickly than other areas of the body. The new skin is typically a little pink. This in normal.
Several treatments of a particular lesion may be needed. Your doctor will advise you on when a follow-up appointment should be scheduled.
Avoid waxing, electrolysis, or other forms of hair removal for 48 hours prior to the procedure.
Please advise your physician if you have symptoms of a cold sore on your face (burning, stinging) prior to your peel. A peel should be avoided if this is the case.
A moisturizing cream (Cetaphil, Cerave) may be applied to the affected skin.
If scabbing should develop, please contact your physician.
You may cleanse the skin normally.
Make up may be applied as desired.
Avoid Retin-A and glycolic acid containing products until the day after your peel.
Flaking over the days following your peel reflects the exfoliation caused by the procedure and is normal although it need not occur for the peel to be effective.
Keep the bandage in place until the day following your procedure.
At that point you may remove the dressing and shower normally.
A small amount of blood on the bandage is normal.
Wash the area with soap and water twice daily.
Apply a thin layer of Bacitracin, Polysporin or Aquaphor to the area and replace the bandage.
Neosporin has been know to cause allergic reactions and is not recommended.
What to expect
Minimal discomfort following your procedure is not uncommon.
You make take two extra strength Tylenol every four hours as needed to manage the pain.
Avoid products containing aspirin or ibuprofen as these my increase bleeding and/or bruising.
If the area around the wound becomes hot and tender, or pus is evident, please contact your physician.
A small amount of swelling or bruising is common and should resolve slowly over several days.
Especially in wounds that have been sutured, refrain from activities that put strain on the area. If it feels like it’s pulling, don’t do it.
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Treatment of spider veins is a highly successful procedure with almost no side effects. In most cases, legs remain clear for two to four years after treatment is completed. Some patients may never need additional treatment.