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CO2RE Fractional Resurfacing

(Wrinkles, Sun-Damaged Skin, Scars, Fine Lines, Discoloration, Rough Skin Texture)


  • Make sure to hydrate. At least 7 days before treatment, ensure that you moisturize skin morning and night, as well as drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to optimize results.
  • You may be provided an antiviral prophylaxis 3-4 days prior to the procedure if you are undergoing a deeper peel, or have a history of herpes simplex to avoid outbreak.
  • Topical retinoid therapy should be discontinued 3-4 days prior to treatment.
  • Avoid sun for 4-6 weeks before and after treatment. Wear broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher if needing to go outdoors.
  • Arrive with clean, freshly washed skin before procedure. There should be NO substances used beforehand including: topical anesthetics (can be provided in facility before treatment), hairspray, gel, makeup, lotions, deodorants, self-tanning products and ointments. Do not use flammable products in the vicinity of the equipment.
  • Do not use an alcohol based cleanser as this removes moisture from skin.

  • Post-treatment

    • Immediately after treatment, most patients will experience a clinical endpoint of redness for 1-3 days; however, for more aggressive treatments this may last longer. Slight to moderate swelling and a mild to moderate sunburn sensation are also common post-treatment and may last 1-3 days. After the second day, skin will appear as an exaggerated tan. Skin will begin to flake at 5-7 days on the face and neck; 7-10 days for the chest; and 10-14 days for the hands.
    • Your provider may opt to use additional cooling methods such as cool compresses, gel packs or facial mask for up to 10 minutes after treatment.
    • Before discharge, a topical petrolatum-based ointment (like Aquaphor or Vaseline) may be applied to the face; no bandages or wraps are necessary.
    • For more aggressive treatments, your provider may prescribe the use of vinegar soaks to be applied multiple times a day.
    • Your provider will inform you when you may resume the use of your usual skin care products. This will range between 5 to 10 days depending on how aggressive the treatment is.
    • There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently. Avoid scrubbing or trauma to the treated area, as if you had sunburn.
    • Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darker pigmentation). The use of broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher at all times throughout the course of treatment is recommended.
    • Multiple treatments (3 or more) over a period of several months may be required to achieve the desired response. You may notice immediate as well as longer term improvements in your skin.
    • Make a plan with your provider on an appropriate skin care regimen to keep up your results and have long-lasting success.
    • Call Find A Better You at (636) 205-4070 with any questions or concerns you may have.

    Potentially Photosensitizing Medications:

    This is not an exhaustive list of all potentially photosensitizing drugs. The clinician should ultimately determine if a medication photosensitizes a patient to the spectrum of light emitted from our equipment.

    Acne Meds:
    Isotretinoin (Accutane) Tretinoin (Retin-A)

    Chlorambucil Cyclophosphamide Dacarbazine Fluorouacil Flutamide Mercaptopurine Methotrexate Procarbazine Thioguanine Vinblastine

    Amitriptyline Amoxapine Clomipramine Doxepin Imipramine Isocarboxazid Maprotiline Phenelzine Protriptyline Trazadone Trimipramine

    Antiepileptics, Sedative, Muscle Relaxants:
    Carbamazepine Cyclobenzaprine Diazepam Meprobamate Phenobarbitol Phenytoin

    Azatadine Clemastine Diphenhydramine Terfenadine Tripelennamine

    Captopril Dilitiazem Methyldopa Minoxidil Nifedipine

    Ciprofloxacin Clofazimine Dapsone Demeclocycline Doxycycline Enoxacine Flucytosine Griseafulvin Ketoconazole Lomefloxacine Methacycline Minocycline Nalidixic acid Narfloxacin Ofloxacin Oxytetracycline Pyrazinamide Sulfa drugs (Bactrim, Septra, Tetracycline)

    Bithionol Chloroquine Pyruvinium pamoate Quinine Thiabendazole

    Chlorpromazine Chlorprothixene Fluphenazine Haloperidol Perphenazine Prochlorperazine Promethazine Thioridazine Thiothixane Trifluoperazine Thioflupromazine Trimeprazine

    Amiodarone Atenolol Captopril Diltiazem Disopyramide Nifedipine Propranolol Quinidine gluconate Quinidine sulfate Verapamil

    Acetazolaminde Amiloride Bendroflumethiazide Benzthiazide Chlorothiazide Furosemide Hydrochlorothiazide Hydro flumethiazide Methyclothiazide Metalazone Polythiazide Quinethazone Trichlormethia-zide

    Acetohexamide Chlorpropamide Glipizide Tolazamide Tolbutamide

    Diclofenac Fenoprofen Flurbiprofen Indomethacin Ketoprofen Meclofenamate Naproxen Phenylbutazone Piroxicam Sulindac

    Bergamot oil Oils of citron, lavender, lime, sandalwood Benzocaine Clofibrate Oral contraceptive Etretinate Gold salts Hexachlorophene Lovastatin St John’s Wort Gmethylcoumarin (used in perfumes, lotions, etc)

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