AcuPulse CO2 Laser Treatment
PRE-PROCEDURE PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS
In preparation for your AcuPulse Laser procedure, please follow these instructions. If you have any questions, please contact the office at (908) 654-6030.
Review the consent form thoroughly and make sure all your questions are answered.
Day of Treatment
- You will be here for approximately 2 hours
- For face/neck procedures: arrive without make up, do not wear contact lenses and wear a lower-cut, buttoned shirt
- For non-facial/neck procedures, wear clothing that does not constrict the treatment area
- Please arrange for someone to pick you up at the end of the treatment
Please review and ensure you are taking all medications as prescribed.
Before Your Treatment Day
Have the following items ready for after your treatment:
- Hairbands or ties. Keeps hair off your face and neck. They should be soft and not too tight, as you may need to keep them on for 48 hours.
- Bags of frozen peas work well as ice packs.
- Home environment. Your recovery room needs to be free from direct sunlight. Blinds and drapes are sufficient. Vacuum the room and launder linens to cut down risk of infection. Do not allow pets to interact with the treatment area.
- Sunblocks with SPF 30+. Once the skin is healed, you will be instructed to apply sunscreen liberally for 3 months.
- Arrange for backup during the week after the procedure in case you need help.
For problems or questions, call: 908-654-6030
What to Expect After Treatment
The AcuPulse Laser Treatment produces expected side effects. The intensity and duration of your side effects depends on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics. Generally, patients who are treated more aggressively experience more intense and longer lasting side effects; however, some patients who receive a less aggressive treatment may experience side effects of greater-than-expected magnitude, while others receiving more aggressive treatments may experience side effects of less-than-expected magnitude. Notify your physician if the severity of your side effects becomes a problem for you.
What you might experience after the procedure:
- Redness is common and should subside significantly during the first 7 days after treatment. While prolonged redness may last up to 3 months, a small degree of redness may last longer.
- Swelling may appear after treatment and generally resolves within 1-2 weeks.
- Exudates/bleeding/crusting. Because the laser beam penetrates into the deep dermal layer, clear fluid (exudates) or blood may ooze onto the skin. Crusting or scabbing may form if the exudates or blood dries. Keeping the treated area moist helps prevent crusting and subsequent scarring.
- Pain may linger after the procedure is complete. Discomfort from swelling (tightness) is more likely to occur than acute pain.
- Pigmentary changes. After treatment, skin may appear darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation) than before. Although most are transient, it could be permanent.
- Itching and dry skin are common while the skin is healing. Flaking, sloughing and dry crusting will gradually clear. Itching can be quite intense at times. Avoid picking and rubbing as this could cause scarring.
- Flare-up of acne or formation of milia due to use of semi-occlusive dressing.
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