Below are important instructions and precautions that should be read prior to your procedure. If you have any questions please reach out to our office via text: (773)-832-5246 or phone: 773-276-1100. 

 

Laser Procedures

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Tissue Tightening
Laser Hair Removal
Photorejuvenation
SkinPen with PRP
Vivace
CoolPeel
Fraxel, Weekend DOT/Tetra
“Aggressive” DOT/Tetra
PRP Infraorbital (undereye) Injections
PRP for Alopecia (hair loss)
PDT

 

Tissue Tightening (Pelleve and vShape)

Before Treatment:

  • Please try to drink at least 8-10 glasses a water per day in the 48 hours before your appointment.
  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare. Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The skin may appear flushed for 10-30 mins after the treatment.
  • You may apply make-up and sunscreen immediately after the treatment.
  • There are no restrictions on activities or skincare post-treatment.

 

Laser Hair Removal

Before Treatment:

  • Please perform a close shave of the treatment area 2-3 days prior. Avoid tweezing, waxing and threading for 3-4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • To minimize discomfort, you may take up to 600mg of ibuprofen 30-60 mins prior to treatment. We also sell a topical anesthetic that can be purchased ahead of time and applied at home 30-60 mins prior to treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores or genital herpes may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores/herpes in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area may have redness with mild swelling around the hair follicles.
  • You may apply make-up and sunscreen immediately after the treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid the use of any retinol in the treatment area for 5 days after treatment.
  • It will take 7-30 days for treated hairs to shed. You may shave between treatments, but please refrain from any tweezing, waxing or threading.

 

Photorejuvenation

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • To minimize discomfort, you may take up to 600mg of ibuprofen 30-60 mins prior to treatment. We also sell a topical anesthetic that can be purchased ahead of time and applied at home 30-60 mins prior to treatment for sunspots. An anesthetic cream can lessen the results when treating redness and blood vessels, therefore we recommend not using it if those are your concerns.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red, and you may have mild swelling for 1-2 days following the treatment. Sunspots may darken and develop a “peppering” appearance before sloughing away in about 1-2 weeks.
  • You may apply sunscreen immediately after the treatment. While makeup is not prohibited, it is discouraged for 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid the use of any retinol in the treatment area for 5 days after treatment.

 

SkinPen with PRP

Before Treatment:

  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols up to the treatment day.
  • Avoid any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the PRP less effective and increase bleeding/scabbing.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

 

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red and splotch for 24-48 hours and you may have pinpoint bleeding or scabs.
  • You will leave the office with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) on the treatment area, so it is advised that you go directly home. You may wash the PRP off 2 hours post-treatment.
  • For the first 48 hours post-treatment, you will be given a cream to use and may wash with a mild cleanser but should refrain from any other skincare unless otherwise directed by your provider.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 48 hours post-treatment, except for retinol which should be avoided for 5-7 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.

  

Vivace

Before Treatment:

  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols up to the treatment day.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed a medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red, typically resolving within 6 hours.
  • You will be given a serum to use that day and may wash with a mild cleanser but refrain from any other skincare including sunscreen and makeup for the remainder of the treatment day.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare, including makeup, the following day, except for retinol which should be avoid for 5-7 days post treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.

 

CoolPeel

Before Treatment:

  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed a medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The treatment area will be red for 24-48 hours. After that period, it will turn brown with pinpoint darkening and be very dry for up to a week.
  • For the first 48 hours post-treatment, you will be given a cream to use and may wash with a mild cleanser but should refrain from any other skincare unless otherwise directed by your provider.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 48 hours post-treatment, except for retinol which should be avoided for 5-7 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.

  

Fraxel, Weekend DOT/Tetra

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • If you are having PRP with your treatment, do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • If PRP is applied, you will leave the office with it on the treatment area and be instructed to wash it off in 2 hours.
  • The treatment area will be red with moderate swelling for 48-72 hours. After that period, it will turn brown with pinpoint darkening and be very dry for up to a week.
  • You may use ice and take ibuprofen and antihistamine to help alleviate swelling.
  • We recommend performing vinegar soaks in the days following the treatment. Directions will be provided at your treatment, but you may want to purchase white vinegar prior to your appointment.
  • For the first 48 hours post-treatment, you will be given a cream to use and may wash with a mild cleanser but should refrain from any other skincare unless otherwise directed by your provider.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 48 hours post-treatment, except for retinol which should be avoided for 5-7 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • You should avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks following the treatment.

 

“Aggressive” DOT/Tetra

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • If you are having PRP with your treatment, do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • We will apply a topical numbing cream in the office prior to your treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Most patients will be required to take an oral antibiotic and antiviral medication starting the day before treatment and continuing for 1 week after. Please ensure you have discussed and received the prescriptions from your provider.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • If PRP is applied, you will leave the office with it on the treatment area and be instructed to wash it off in 2 hours.
  • The treatment area will be red with moderate swelling for 5-7 days. After that period, it will turn brown with pinpoint darkening and be very dry for up to another week.
  • You may use ice and take ibuprofen and antihistamine to help alleviate swelling.
  • We recommend performing vinegar soaks in the days following the treatment. Directions will be provided at your treatment, but you may want to purchase white vinegar prior to your appointment.
  • You will be provided a skincare kit containing cleanser, moisturizers, and sunscreen at your treatment appointment. These are the only products we want you to use for the first-week post-treatment.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare 7-10 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48-72 hours after the treatment.
  • Makeup is discouraged for as long as possible, ideally 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • You should avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks following the treatment.

 

PRP Infraorbital (undereye) Injections

Before Treatment:

  • Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • You may continue all your skincare including retinols up to the treatment day.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • The treatment area will be swollen puffy for up to 72 hours post-treatment. You may get a small bruise and if so, bruising can last a week.
  • You can return to all your normal skincare immediately following treatment and apply makeup.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 48-72 hours after the treatment.

 

PRP for Alopecia (hair loss)

Before Treatment:

  • Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for 1 week before your appointment as it may make the treatment less effective.
  • You may continue all your hair care up to the treatment day.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.

After Treatment:

  • You will want to go home right after your appointment.
  • We ask that you take a warm shower upon returning home. You can use shampoo/conditioner, but no leaving in styling products (hairspray, gel, etc) for the remainder of the treatment day.
  • You may return to all your normal styling products the day after treatment.
  • You should refrain from any chemical hair services, including color and highlights, for 48 hours after treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for the remainder of the treatment day.

 

PDT

Before Treatment:

  • We cannot safely perform treatment on skin that is tan, so avoid direct sun exposure 4 weeks and do not apply self-tanner to the treatment area for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Please discontinue the use of any retinol and melatonik in the treatment area one week prior to your appointment.
  • To minimize discomfort, you may take up to 600mg of ibuprofen 30-60 mins prior to treatment.
  • Be sure that you have communicated any pertinent medical history to your doctor including lidocaine allergies, medication allergies, new medications, pregnancy, breastfeeding, any new medical condition and any previous/recent cosmetic procedures.
  • Patients with a history of cold sores may be prescribed medication prior to treatment to prevent a flare.  Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the area we are planning to treat so that we may call in a prescription.

After Treatment:

  • The medication applied to your skin during the treatment will make you sensitized to light for 48 hours. Therefore, we ask you to bring a hat or scarf to wear home and go immediately home after the treatment and to remain indoors for the first two days.
  • The treatment area will be red, and you may have swelling, scabbing, peeling for 2-10 days following the treatment.
  • You may apply sunscreen immediately after the treatment. While make-up is not prohibited, it is discouraged for 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • We ask that you not exercise and avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid the use of any retinol in the treatment area for 1 week after treatment.
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As a practice, we will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and IDPH to avoid transmission of influenza (flu) virus and coronavirus.  Please inform us if you have any signs of a fever or cough and/or have recently traveled out of the country as we may need to reschedule your appointment.