Something that is incredibly important to me is client education. I hope you find the information below helpful. I will be updating this page periodically, as I do investigations and research. I want you to be in the know, and choose the best care for you that is possible, even if I, myself, am unable to treat you. Knowledge is power!
What does the MediDerm Laser feel like?
Everybody is different. And I mean EVERYBODY is different! But lasers are ALWAYS hot. You may feel a snapping sensation when the laser fires, accompanied by heat. As I move around your face, it will get warmer and warmer. It will feel very much like a sun-burn. The good news is, that any discomfort level you feel, will usually go down by half as soon as 10 minutes after the procedure. Within 1-3 hours, you'll either feel very warm on your face, or not much at all. And the results are worth it!
Important things to keep in mind as you experience the healing and rejuvenation process:
- During the treatment, the skin experienced a controlled and safe burn. Now the skin has begun the healing process. It is important to allow this process to work.
- You will not experience a big peel. The skin will slough through flaking.
- Peeling/sloughing/flaking may begin as early as the day after treatment, or as late as the 4th day.
- You may gently exfoliate by buffing your skin with a towel or cloth.
- No abrasive cleansers or abrasive cleansing surfaces, for the first 3 days please.
- You don’t want to damage the tender, new skin which is beginning to surface.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure for the first month following the initial procedure. Minimal sun exposure is fine, but try and stay in the shade for at least a couple of weeks.
- Do not scratch
- Do not pick - this can lead to scarring
- Do not take or apply any skin bleaching agents or supplements.
Experiences You May Have:
General discomfort or burning
Tightness around treatment area
It is completely normal to experience one or more of these symptoms. Especially during the first 3 days after treatment. They WILL subside and disappear.
As you experience your healing process...
- There can be burning or warmth, even tingling. This usually disappears a few hours after treatment.
- Tenderness should disappear by the 2nd or 3rd day, however it is not unusual to still experience sensativity during the peeling process.
- Some redness and discoloration can continue for 5-7 days after treatment.
- Swelling may come and go during this same 5-7 days.
- By days 5-10 discoloration should be minimal or gone.
- By days 10-14, the healing process should be complete.
- Melasma, a temporary form of pink to brown coloration that can occur in small areas on the new skin, is common and very mild, and usually clears up completely in 4-8 weeks.
- During that time, these areas can easily be covered with make up. This does not interfere with the results of the resurfacing or rejuvenation.
REMEMBER: EVERY PERSON IS UNIQUE
How you and your skin manage this incredible rejuvenation process can depend on age, heredity, skin color, skin tone, hormones, and any other factors that are unique to you. The information provided here is based on average responses and response times. If you feel you are experiencing complications or any extreme response, call your facial expert immediately.
Are you a candidate for a laser facial? Counter-indicators, and
Are you taking any blood thinners?
Cormadin, Warfarin, Heparin, Lovenox - You cannot have a laser facial until you have completed these prescreptions. If you will be on them indefinately, then you are not a candidate for a laser facial. Also, the regular ingestion of Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aspirin, are normally ok, however, its best to stop taking these medications a week before your laser facial. As long, of course, as it doesn't endanger you in any way.
This commonly used medication for acne has worked wonders for many people. However, you must have been off of this medication for at least 6 MONTHS before a laser facial is in your future. Accutain can make your dermis (skin) thinner, and there is an increased risk of bruising, scarring, and discoloration.
Tretinoin - found in: Retin-A, Atralin, Renova, Avita, Altinac, and ROC - Tretinoin irritates the skin, and causes the skin cells to grow more rapidly, which causes faster cell division, and a faster cell life cycle, (aka, they grow up and die very quickly for a quick turn-over rate). While this can be very effective for makeing pimples clear up and wrinkles to reduce, or stop forming.
it does cause your skin to become thinner. Fewer layers of skin exist at one time. So, a laser facial may do more harm than good.
- You must be off of this medication for at least 2 - 4 weeks before your laser facial treatment. This will make sure that you have plenty of good skin cells to treat without adverse effects, which could include, scarring, brusing, burning, and discoloration.
Are you prone to cold soars? Lasers are hot. Really hot. So, if you are prone to cold soars, the heat may stimulate a reaction around your mouth. They do heal, and its nothing to be alarmed about, just something you should know. Also, if you are seaking a laser facial, its best if any current cold soar break outs are healed up before your treatment.
Yes, the laser only treats your face. Yes, I will onely fire the laser on your face. However, as most of us know, pregnancy hormones are funny things! Melasma, or a hormonal hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) can occur. Its best to wait until after your darling love bundle is born, and your hormones simmer.
Hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin
Are you prone to dark patches? Hyperpigmentation is very common. Some of us develop it because we worshiped the sun for too long. Some of us develop it because our hormones decided spots are cool! And sometimes, its our bodies' way of handling wounds. Hyperpigmentation due to acne scarring is something many of us have to deal with, including myself. The MediDerm Laser is fabulous for treating this! However, if you are concerned that you may develop dark spots because of the heat of the laser, you may want to hold off. Do some research. Or, we can do a free test spot to see what your skin will do.
Secondarily, hyperpigmentation can sometimes occur because the heat of the laser stimulates a toxin dump. Things that have been laying dorment decide to surface. A dark spot may occur, but it will heal and fade. This can take anywhear from 2 - 8 weeks.
~ Everything Heals ~
Thermo-Lo Post Treatment Instructions
- You may apply to the treated area:
- Benadryl Lotion
- Ice, Ice Pack
- Do not cover, let dry naturally and then leave alone
- Scabbing is very common and perfectly fine. Scabs are our bodies' band-aids. Their purpose is to heal a wounded area. Let them do their thing!
- Do NOT PICK area
- Leave alone for 24 hours with only the above options applied to skin
- The goal is to have treated area dry up
- Makeup okay after 8-24 hours
Best to avoid pictures or big events for about 30 days as area may look bad for a few days and the second day is the worst.
Most treatment areas heal up in 5-10 days
Some treatment areas heal up in 2-4 weeks
Please call Jennifer of Divine Skin with any questions or problems.
Remember, it looks worse before it looks better.