Avoid sun tanning for at least 2 weeks prior to treatments and self-tanning creams for at least 1 week prior to treatments. Sun exposure must also be avoided post-treatments until the skin has sufficiently healed.
Do not use any medication that causes photosensitivity for at least 72 hours prior to treatment. If you are taking a prescription medication that causes photosensitivity, please contact your prescribing physician to discuss your options and whether you can discontinue medication for a period of time to accommodate treatment. Do not discontinue prescribed medications without the prescribing physician’s approval.
Do not use Accutane (or products containing isotretinoin) for at least 6 months prior to treatments. Use of Retin-A (or products containing tretinoin) is acceptable up to 5 days before treatment, provided there is no skin reaction present.
We recommend that you avoid the use of aspirin, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medications at least 1 week prior to treatments, as these will increase the likelihood of bruising.
The treatment area must be free of any open sores, lesions, or skin infections. For treatment of pigmented skin lesions, you should consult a specialist if there is a family or personal history of skin cancer or if you have these concerns.
Shave any hair present in the area to be treated. Men should shave the beard area twice in succession in order to ensure as close a shave as possible. If men do not wish to treat the bearded area, we can treat around it. If the bearded area is treated, some permanent hair reduction can occur.