Laser Treatment of Vascular Lesions Treatment Guidelines

Pre Treatment Guidelines

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
    • Use SPF 1 hour before sun exposure and every 2 hours when in the sun.
  • If treating legs – acquire medium compression leg sleeves to wear immediately after treatment and all day for two weeks.

Day of Treatment Instructions

  • Avoid lotion, creams, make-up in the area to be treated.
  • Arrive with clean, washed skin without make-up or topicals.
  • Arrive to your appointment hydrated to improve results.
  • Update your provider on any changes in skin condition, medical history, supplements, and over the counter medications.
  • You cannot be treated if you have active cold sores, herpes simplex open sores, or sunburns within the treatment area.

Post Treatment Guidelines

  • The treatment area may feel dry or chapped; this can last up to two weeks but managed with proper moisturization and hydration.
    • Rough, dry skin may persist for two weeks – NO PICKING.
  • Results may present as early as 4 weeks post-treatment.
  • Light walking is okay after 48 hours.
  • Maintain proper hydration.
  • Wear compression sleeves if applicable to treatment area for two weeks post-treatment.
    • Wear them to sleep if it is comfortable.
  • If the treatment area is on the face, wait at least 24 hours to apply makeup of any kind.

Avoid the Following for 2 Weeks Post Treatment

  • Sun exposure of any kind – wear a hat and SPF when driving or in the sun.
  • Sweating.
    • Sweating may increase the treatment area’s potential for puffiness.
  • Shaving.
    • If crusting/scabbing occurs, do not shave, pick, or allow the scab to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring.
  • Pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, ocean water, or swimming/soaking of any kind.
  • Topical lotions or heavy creams unless advised by our office, tanning lotions, or spray tans.
  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or anticoagulants of any kind.
  • DO NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in low pH formula) or anything perceived as “active” skincare.