The Skin Lab Medical Spa

Pre + Post Care

BOTOX - Pre + Post Care Instructions

Botox Pre-Instructions:

  • Avoid the use of Aspirin, NSAIDS, Ginko Biloba, Garlic Supplements, Green Tea, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids for up to 1-week pre- and post-injection as they will increase your risk of bruising.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
  • Take Arnica tablets 2–3 days prior to your injection to reduce the risk of bruising
  • Do not apply products that are potentially irritating for 2 -3 days before and after treatment (examples- tretinoin/retin-a, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone)
  • Do not use the above-stated if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any of its ingredients, or have a history of neurologic disorders.

* Please do not pursue this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Botox Post-Care:

  • Stay in a vertical position for 4 hours following injection. Do not rest your head or lie down; sit upright.
  • Ice (but avoid firm pressure) for 15 minutes 3 times the day of treatment
  • You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol if you experience any mild tenderness/discomfort
  • Do not massage treated areas after treatment
  • After treatment, there will be moderate swelling and redness with the possibility of bruising. You may apply or take Arnica tablets to help decrease the amount of bruising
  • Avoid extended UV exposure until any redness/swelling has subsided. Apply SPF.
  • Avoid aerobic and strenuous exercise for 24 hours to reduce bruising. You may resume other normal activities/routines immediately

PROTENZA - Pre + Post Care Instructions

Potenza Pre-Instructions:

  • Please plan 1–2 weeks of no major events.
  • Please keep any travel plans in mind when booking this treatment.
  • Please do NOT wear any jewelry to your appointment.
  • Keep Hydrated-drink lots of water 24 hrs before (at least 8 cups), or hydrating fluids.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hrs
  • 7 days prior avoid all exfoliating treatments retinol, and exfoliating acid preparations.
  • Shave visible hair from the treatment area.
  • Male beards should be shaved on the day of treatment.
  • Bring a hat to the treatment
  • Gentle cleanser
  • Avoid blood thinners and anti-platelets for 5 days if adding PRFM.
  • Avoid tanning for 2 weeks prior.
  • If instructed to pretreat, start 2 weeks before.

Potenza Post-Care Instructions:

  • Bruising is a possibility, and avoid all blood thinners for 5 days post treatment.
  • Gentle cleanser-do not scrub or exfoliate the skin for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid makeup for 24 hours and after 24 hours, you can apply mineral makeup until redness resolves
  • If redness or swelling is present after tx, use ice pack with barrier like face cloth
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the face, there are micro pathways open in the skin and the hands can introduce bacteria
  • If skin feels tight and dry, apply moisturizer frequently
  • If you currently have skin breakouts, you may find this condition worsens temporarily. Ask your provider about how to treat this.
  • Do not pick at treated tissue-doing so may cause hypo or hyperpigmentation
  • Avoid UV rays and apply sunblock >30 SPF daily. *Untinted.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption if possible.
  • For 24 hrs refrain from high intensity aerobic exercise or activities that increase the body temperature like saunas, hot tubs, steam showers or exercise (i.e. jogging, weight training, kickboxing, etc.)
  • Call your practitioner if any problems develop, concerns regarding rash, itching, erythema, etc. for more than 24 hrs.
  • Treatment Guidelines:
  • Precautions:
  • Keloid scarring
  • Metal implants near treatment area
  • Adhesive allergy
  • No neutral pad on tattoos or hair
  • No active infection
  • HSV, shingles, or fever blisters-pretreat with antiviral medication
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding

PICOSURE PRO - Pre + Post Care Instructions

Picosure Pro Pre-Instructions:

  • Precautions to take before your light-based treatment:
  • No sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning cream for 4 weeks prior to treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of Post-treatment complications.
  • Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun, and it is recommended to make this a part of your skin care routine.
  • Remove all makeup, creams or oils prior to treatment.
  • Be sure to inform your care provider if you have ever had cosmetic tattoos or cosmetic pigmentation or permanent makeup applied near the area of treatment

Picosure Pro Post-Care Instructions:

  • Cleanse the treated area at least daily with water and mild soap, and then pat the area dry.
  • Do not rub or scratch the treated area.
  • If crusting/scabbing occurs, do not shave or pick areas. Apply Aquaphor ointment (tattoo) or other moisturizer (face) to the area 2–3 times a day. Keep the area moist, and let the crusting/scabbing resolve on its own.
  • If you are prone to breakouts or have oily skin, consider waiting 24 hours before applying any topical products
  • Discomfort may be relieved by cold gel packs and/or an over the counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.
  • Avoid contact sports or any other activity that could cause injury of the treated area.
  • Avoid swimming, soaking or using hot tubs/whirlpools until the skin heals.
  • Contact our physician if there is any indication of infection (redness, tenderness or pus).

TATTOO REMOVAL - Pre + Post Care Instructions

Picosure Pro Pre-Instructions:

  • Precautions to take before your light-based treatment:
  • No sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning cream for 4 weeks prior to treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of Post-treatment complications.
  • Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun, and it is recommended to make this a part of your skin care routine.
  • Remove all makeup, creams or oils prior to treatment.
  • Be sure to inform your care provider if you have ever had cosmetic tattoos or cosmetic pigmentation or permanent makeup applied near the area of treatment

Picosure Pro Post-Care Instructions:

  • Cleanse the treated area at least daily with water and mild soap, and then pat the area dry.
  • Do not rub or scratch the treated area.
  • If crusting/scabbing occurs, do not shave or pick areas. Apply Aquaphor ointment (tattoo) or other moisturizer (face) to the area 2–3 times a day. Keep the area moist, and let the crusting/scabbing resolve on its own.
  • If you are prone to breakouts or have oily skin, consider waiting 24 hours before applying any topical products
  • Discomfort may be relieved by cold gel packs and/or an over the counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.
  • Avoid contact sports or any other activity that could cause injury of the treated area.
  • Avoid swimming, soaking or using hot tubs/whirlpools until the skin heals.
  • Contact our physician if there is any indication of infection (redness, tenderness or pus).

ELITE IQ Laser Hair Removal - Pre + Post Care Instructions

Elite IQ Laser Hair Removal Treatment Pre-Care Instructions:

  • The area being treated cannot be exposed to the sun. For 1064-nm wavelength treatment, avoid sun exposure for 1 (one) week prior, during, and 1 (one) week after treatment. For 755-nm wavelength treatment, avoid sun exposure for at least 4 (four) weeks prior, during and at least 1 (one) week after the treatment. A broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun block of SPF 30 or higher should be applied whenever exposed to the sun.

Elite IQ Laser Hair Removal Treatment Post-Care Instructions:

  • Immediately following treatment, the area may show a slight erythema with some swelling. Blistering may occur.
  • General Skin Care
  • During the healing phase, the area must be treated delicately. Do not rub, scratch, or pick. If a crust develops, let it fall off on its own.
  • Apply a thin layer of gentle ointment to the treated area several times a day to keep the area moist.
  • Do not scrub the area; pat the area dry. Do not shave over the area if swelling, crusting or scabbing is present.
  • If swelling occurs, apply ice. Wrap the ice in a soft cloth. Discomfort or stinging may be relieved with acetaminophen.
  • If makeup is allowed, it must be applied and removed delicately. Excess rubbing can open the treated area, increasing the chance of scarring.
  • Avoid sports and/or strenuous exercises for 2 to 3 days following treatment for hair removal, and 7 to 10 days for veins. Walking is encouraged.
  • In case of signs of infection (pus, tenderness, fever), contact the office immediately.
  • Avoid sun exposure throughout the course of treatment and use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun block SPF 30 or greater when the treatment area is exposed to the sun.
  • The treated hairs will exfoliate or push out in approximately 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Post-treatment skin care instructions must be followed to prevent any complications. Please contact the office with questions or concerns regarding your treatment.

PRP Hair Restoration Treatment - Pre + Post Care Instructions

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Hair Loss Pre-Care Instructions:

PRP therapy for hair loss is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, processing it so that the enriched platelets (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and then injecting it into the scalp. PRP contains essential growth factors that stimulate natural hair growth. Due to the natural variation in quality of platelet-rich plasma, results will vary between individuals. Patients typically require multiple sessions to obtain desired outcomes.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • You should not have PRP for Hair Loss treatment done if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Skin conditions and diseases including: Scalp skin cancer, existing or uncured. This includes SCC, BCC and melanoma, systemic cancer, and chemotherapy.
  • Steroid therapy, dermatological diseases affecting the scalp (i.e. Porphyria), blood disorders and platelet abnormalities, anticoagulation therapy (i.e. Warfarin).
  • Do not have PRP treatment if you are pregnant.

PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS:
7 DAYS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • Discontinue blood thinning agents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, and Essential Fatty Acids, and multivitamins, a minimum of 7 days (preferably 14 days) prior to treatment. It is fine to continue iron and vitamin D.
  • If you are taking any blood thinners, please let your provider know immediately, as they may represent a contraindication to this treatment. These medications include Plavix, Coumadin and Heparin.
  • Avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren and other anti-inflammatory medications. We want inflammation to occur – as this is one mechanism by which PRP works.
  • You may use Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed prior to the treatment.
  • Prescription medications (including heart and blood pressure medication) should be taken as prescribed right up to, and including, the day of and the day after your treatments.
  • If you are taking broad beta-blockers such as Inderal (Propranolol), please inform your clinician, as this medication may need to be changed to a select beta-blocker in advance of the treatment.
  • Avoid excessive sun or heat exposure.

3 DAYS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • Minimize or avoid alcohol consumption.
  • If possible, refrain from smoking prior to your procedure as it impacts the healing process.
  • You may continue other hair loss treatments such as laser treatment, minoxidil, or hormone blocking tablets before your procedure. If you are not sure if you should be stopping medication, please ask.
  • It is ok to color your hair up to 7 days before the procedure.
  • Increase your intake of fluid the day before your procedure by simply drinking 2 glasses of water in the morning, 2 glasses at lunch, and 2 glasses at dinner, in addition to your normal intake of water to make the blood draw easier.

DAY OF PROCEDURE

  • Shower the morning of your treatment and wash your hair very thoroughly using your regular shampoo.
  • Do not apply sprays, gels, or any other styling products to your hair.
  • If you wear a hair system, please remove it prior to shampooing and do not wear it before your PRP treatments.
  • Please eat a normal breakfast or lunch the day of your PRP session.
  • Drink a bottle of water (500 mL) at least 2 hours before your session to make the blood draw easier.
  • It is strongly recommended to take a hot shower to wash your hair that evening, after the treatment, to promote the effects of PRP.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Hair Loss Post-Care Instructions:
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING TREATMENT

  • It is normal to experience bruising, redness, itching, swelling and/or soreness that may last from 2 to 5 days following your treatment. If you experience any pain or discomfort, you may take Tylenol or other Acetaminophen-containing products as directed.
  • You may have a bruise at the blood draw site.
  • You may notice a tingling sensation while the cells are being activated.
  • In rare cases, a skin infection or reaction may occur, which is easily treated with an antibiotic or inflammatory. Please contact our office immediately if you notice unusual discomfort.
  • Try to refrain from applying ice to the injected area, as ice acts as an anti-inflammatory. Ice or cold compresses can be applied to reduce swelling if required.
  • Continue to avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren and other anti-inflammatory medications for 3 days after your procedure (if possible, try for 7 days).
  • Avoid vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure for at least 2 days after your treatment.
  • For the first 3 days, use shampoo that is pH balanced.
  • Do not use any hair products for at least 6 hours after your treatment.
  • Be sure to take a hot shower and wash your hair that evening, after the treatment, to promote the effects of PRP.
  • Avoid saunas, steam rooms, swimming for 2 days after your treatment.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking for 3 days after treatment. Smokers do not heal well, and problems recur earlier, and results may take longer.
  • Avoid resuming Minoxidil (Formula 82M, Rogaine®), hair coloring, and straightening for 3 days.
  • Continue increased water intake the first week after your treatment.
  • Do not use blood thinning agents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, Essential Fatty Acids and at least one week after your treatment.

Contact the Office Immediately if any of the following occur:

  • Drainage.
  • Increased warmth at or around the treated area.
  • Fever of 101 or greater.
  • Severe pain that is unresponsive to over-the-counter pain relievers.

PRP Face Rejuvenation - Pre + Post Care Instructions

PRP FACIAL REJUVENATION Pre-Care Instructions:
  • Do Not take Aspirin, unless prescribed, for at least 1 week before the procedure. For optimal results and to decrease the chance of bruising at the draw site, please avoid all non-prescribed blood thinning medications and herbal supplements for 1 week prior to your appointment. Avoid taking non-prescribed Fish oil, Aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin and Aleve. Please notify your provider if you are taking Coumadin, Plavix, or any other blood thinners for any medical conditions.
  • AVOID ALCOHOLIC beverages the day before your treatment, as they can cause dehydration, and increase the risk of bruising.
  • Diet before Procedure: You should have a light meal before arriving at the office and avoid caffeine.
  • HYDRATE: You should drink at least 8 glasses of water 24 hours before your treatment, and at least 12 ounces of water the morning of your treatment. Failure to come hydrated may result in a suboptimal blood draw.
  • If we are unable to draw your blood because you did not properly hydrate, then your appointment may be rescheduled and subject to cancellation fees.
  • Avoid makeup, retinoids, glycolic acids, vitamin C products for 1 week before your procedure.
PRP FACIAL REJUVENATION Post-Care Instructions:
  • For 3 days after the procedure:
  • DO NOT apply makeup
  • DO NOT touch the injection site, except for gentle cleansing
  • DO NOT swim or undertake in any strenuous exercise
  • DO NOT expose yourself to long periods in the sun
  • DO NOT sit in a sauna, hot tub, or Jacuzzi
  • DO NOT expose yourself to extreme hot or cold temperatures, or to large swings in temperature
  • Use only gentle skin care products to wash the treated area for the first 3 days, such as Cetaphil gentle cleanser. After that, you can resume normal skin care.
  • Oxygenetix post procedure makeup with sunscreen is recommended as coverup makeup (if needed post-procedure).
  • For treatments involving the face or lip area:
  • DO NOT drink very hot or cold beverages for 3 days.
  • DO NOT undergo other cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. for at least one month.
  • Post care for topical application of PRP (combined with microneedling or laser)
  • DO NOT wash your skin for 5 hours after treatment.
  • DO NOT swim or undertake in any strenuous exercise or activity that may cause sweating for 5 hours;
  • DO NOT expose yourself to the sun for 5 hours.
  • For best results and efficacy: We recommend a series of 3–6 treatments administered at 6-8 week intervals. You may notice immediate as well as longer term improvements in your skin.