How do I prepare for a photorejuvenation treatment?
Your surgeon will provide thorough pretreatment instructions, answer any questions you may have, and take a detailed medical history before your treatment.
In advance of your photo facial treatment, your surgeon may ask you to:
- Stop smoking before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- Moisturize regularly.
- Avoid too much exposure to the sun, and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
- Refrain from taking certain antibiotics and topical creams such as retinoids (Retin-A) that affect skin sensitivity.
- If you have a history of cold-sores or the herpes virus, your surgeon may ask you to take antiviral medication to reduce the chance of an outbreak on the day of the procedure.
Photorejuvenation is usually an outpatient procedure. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your treatment and stay with you the first night following surgery.
What can I expect the day of my photorejuvenation treatment?
Be sure to consult with your surgeon before your treatment so you have the most accurate expectations.
- On the day of your procedure, you should come with a clean face without makeup or products.
- Most photorejuvenation procedures take at least twenty to thirty minutes but may take longer, depending on the number and types of blemishes being treated.
- Your surgeon may thoroughly cleanse your face before beginning the treatment and apply a topical anesthetic. Your surgeon may also use a topical gel or forced cool air to keep your skin from feeling too much heat.
- Your surgeon will follow the treatment plan discussed with you.
You likely can go home immediately after the treatment.