We have compiled a list of treatment tips and frequently asked questions to help you get the absolute best results possible from your cosmetic procedure(s). This pre- and post-treatment tips will be explained to you during your consultation and/or on the day of your procedure and all of your questions answered with respect to the specific procedure(s) you are having done.
What can I do to reduce my chance of bruising?
Almost all injectable, surgical, and laser procedures carry a risk of bruising. To reduce your chance of bruising, avoid the following for 7 days prior to your treatment:
- Alcohol (24 hours before and after)
- Aspirin (do not discontinue this if it has been prescribed by your doctor)
- Pain relievers including Motrin, Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofen (Tylenol is okay)
- Herbal supplements: glucosamine, gingko biloba, ginger, vitamin E, fish oil, other
Try taking Arnica Montana and/or Bromelain supplements (which can be found at your local health food store) at least 1 day prior to your procedure. (There are a few clinical studies which show improvement, but admittedly others show no difference over placebo).
If bruising does occur, this is only temporary, and will usually resolve within one week.
Have you ever had a cold sore?
Chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and dermal filler treatments can cause reactivation of the herpes virus that leads to cold sores. If you’ve had cold sores, please let us know, and we will prescribe an anti-viral medication (Valtrex) for you to take prior to your procedure. Prevention is the key because if you do have an outbreak following a procedure, there is a risk of scarring.
Do I need to avoid the sun?
Tanned skin increases the risk of getting a burn with many procedures including chemical peels, IPL photofacials, laser hair removal, vascular laser, and fractional laser resurfacing. We recommend limiting sun exposure and carefully protecting your skin from the sun with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher for at least one month before your treatment. In addition, we often perform “test spots” prior to your procedure to ensure safety and limit your risk of adverse effects.
Please don’t forget to drink water and have something to eat before arriving. You will feel better during your procedure. Also, for dermal filler treatments in lips and around the mouth – you’ll want to avoid eating or drinking anything for a few hours as the product needs time to “settle” for the best results.
How can I best protect my skin from the sun?
You’ll want to avoid sun (and heat) until any post-procedural redness and swelling has resolved (usually 1-2 days at most). For the next 1-2 weeks, limit your sun exposure as much as possible. If you have to be in the sun, try to avoid the “high” sun (between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM), wear a wide-brimmed hat, UPF (UV protection factor) clothing, and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen liberally and frequently. There are two types of sunscreens: chemical blockers and physical blockers. Chemical blockers work by absorbing the sun’s rays. At Skinstyle, we favor “physical blockers” (commonly referred to as “mineral” or “natural” sunscreens) which protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. These include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and iron oxide. Historically, physical blockers were less cosmetically elegant as they were thicker (more difficult to spread) and often left a white tint. Newer products are formulated with transparent zinc oxide, for example, and are non-comedogenic (does not clog pores), fragrance-free, paraben-free, and safe for sensitive skin (including post-procedure skin and babies 6 months of age and older). Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside and every 2 hours while in the sun (or sooner if sweating excessively or swimming). These sun protection tips should be followed no only after your procedure but ALWAYS to prevent sunburns, premature signs of aging, and decrease the risk of skin cancer.
What skin care products should be avoided?
All skin care products should be non-irritating, non-comedogenic, and safe for sensitive skin for at least 1-2 weeks following any procedure. We recommend avoiding scrubs, exfoliating brushes (ex. Clarisonic©), toners, glycolic/salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, bleaching creams. Makeup can be applied 1 hour following treatment with injectables like Botox© and dermal fillers; for chemical peels, microneedling and fractional laser resurfacing, it is advised to wait until the next day to apply makeup.