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GentleMax Pro Laser Skin Treatments


Pretreatment For Laser Hair Removal:

  • Recently tanned skin CANNOT be treated! Treating within 2 weeks of active tanning (natural or tanning booth), you may develop hypopigmentation (white spots) after treatment. Hypopigmentation may not clear for 2-3 months or more.
  • Avoid sun for 4-6 weeks before and after treatment. Wear SPF 30 or higher if needing to go out.
  • You may be asked to stop topical medications or skin care products 3-5 days prior to treatment.
  • Self-tanning products must be discontinued at least one week before treatment. Any residual self-tanner must be removed prior to treatment.
  • Avoid any bleaching, plucking, or waxing of hair for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment.
  • If you have a tan or have a darker skin type, a bleaching regimen may be recommended 4-6 weeks before treatment.
  • If you have a history of peri-oral or genital herpes simplex virus, your provider may recommend a prophylactic antiviral therapy. Follow the directions for your particular antiviral medication.
  • Be sure to shave the intended treatment area the night or morning before your treatment.
  • If necessary, a topical anesthetic can be used as directed if approved by physician

Postreatment For Laser Hair Removal:

  • After treatment there will be redness and swelling of each hair follicle in the treatment site. This can last up to 2 hours or longer and will feel like a sunburn. Redness may last up to 2-3 days.
  • A cooling method after treatment may be provided for comfort.
  • A topical soothing skin care product such as aloe vera gel may be applied following treatment if desired
  • Makeup may be used following treatment as long as there is no skin irritation.
  • Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation.
  • Use broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher at all times throughout recovery.
  • No picking or scratching of the treatment area.
  • Do not do or use any similar hair reduction treatments or treatments that remove the root or disrupt the hair follicle such as: waxing, electrolysis, or tweezing on the treatment area for 4-6 weeks. You are allowed to shave.
  • 5-14 days after treatment, shedding may occur of the treated area. Remove the hair by washing or wiping with a wet cloth or loofah sponge.
  • After treatment for underarm (axilla) hair reduction, you can use a powder instead of a deodorant for 24 hours after treatment to reduce skin irritation.
  • Bathing is allowed but treat skin gently, as if you had a sunburn at least for 24 hours. Avoid high temperature water on skin to avoid irritation.
  • Return to office or call for an appointment at the first sign of the return of hair growth. This may occur within 4-6 weeks for the upper body and possibly as long as 2-3 months for the lower body. Hair regrowth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after treatment.
  • 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 for any questions or concerns you may have.

Pretreatment For Skin And Vein Treatments:

  • Recently tanned skin CANNOT be treated! Treating within 2 weeks of active tanning (natural or tanning booth), you may develop blistering or hypopigmentation (white spots) after treatment. Hypopigmentation may not clear for 2-3 months or more.
  • Avoid sun for 4-6 weeks before and after treatment. Wear broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher if needing to go out.
  • You may be asked to stop topical medications or skin care products 3-5 days prior to treatment.
  • Self-tanning products must be discontinued at least one week before treatment. Any residual self-tanner must be removed prior to treatment.
  • If you have a tan or have a darker skin type, a bleaching regimen may be recommended 4-6 weeks before treatment.
  • Arrive with clean freshly washed skin before procedure. There should be NO lotion, make-up, perfume, powder, or bath/shower oil present on skin that is in the treatment area.
  • If necessary, a topical anesthetic can be used as directed if approved by physician.
  • Areas of dental crown, caps, braces, or other metal implants may be more sensitive to treatment. Gauze, dental rolls, or a tongue depressor may be used in sensitive areas to make treatment more comfortable.
  • If you have a history of peri-oral or genital herpes simplex virus, your provider may recommend a prophylactic antiviral therapy. Follow the directions for your particular antiviral medication.
  • Patients for Face, Leg, and/or Spider Vein removal, using topical anesthetic such as EMLA / LMX-.4 may constrict blood vessels and is NOT recommended or ideal for treatment.
  • Patients who are taking high doses of iron may have an increased risk of hyperpigmentation.
  • Patients with a history of the following conditions may not be good candidates for laser treatment and should consult their primary care provider when considering treatment:
    • Diabetic patients or patients with poor circulation
    • Patients who have a history of poor healing
    • Patients who take a blood thinner, such as coumadin or aspirin

Postreatment For Skin And Vein Treatments:

  • After treatment there will be redness and swelling. Treated area will feel like a sunburn and may last a few hours after treatment. Redness may last up to 2-3 days.
  • A cooling method after treatment may be provided for comfort.
  • A topical soothing skin care product such as aloe vera gel may be applied following treatment if desired.
  • Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation.
  • Use a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher at all times throughout recovery.
  • Any treated pigment will appear darker immediately and within first few days following treatment. Darkened pigment will flake off within 7-10 days. Avoid picking or scratching treated area.
  • Bathing is allowed but treat skin gently, as if you had a sunburn at least for 24 hours. Avoid high temperature water on skin to avoid irritation.
  • 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 for any questions or concerns you may have.

Additional Postreatment For Face, Leg, And Spider Veins:

  • You may apply ice and elevate legs to decrease discomfort.
  • Tylenol is recommended for any pain, as needed.
  • Check with your provider about the possibility of using a daily moisturizer.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours after treatment. Consult with your provider.
  • Compression stockings may or may not be recommended by your provider.
  • Veins may appear bruised or dark red following treatment. This discoloration will fade over the next few weeks. Brown discoloration may take several months to fade.
  • Your provider may recommend the application of a topical antibiotic ointment if blistering occurs.

Additional Postreatment For Face, Leg, And Spider Veins:

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)

Anticancer:
Chlorambucil Cyclophosphamide Dacarbazine Fluorouacil Flutamide Mercaptopurine Methotrexate Procarbazine Thioguanine Vinblastine

Antidepressants:
Amitriptyline Amoxapine Clomipramine Doxepin Imipramine Isocarboxazid Maprotiline Phenelzine Protriptyline Trazadone Trimipramine

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

Antihistamines:
Azatadine Clemastine Diphenhydramine Terfenadine Tripelennamine

Antihypertensives:
Captopril Dilitiazem Methyldopa Minoxidil Nifedipine

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

Antiparasitics:
Bithionol Chloroquine Pyruvinium pamoate Quinine Thiabendazole

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

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

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

Hypoglycemics:
Acetohexamide Chlorpropamide Glipizide Tolazamide Tolbutamide

NSAIDS:
Diclofenac Fenoprofen Flurbiprofen Indomethacin Ketoprofen Meclofenamate Naproxen Phenylbutazone Piroxicam Sulindac

Others:
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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