None usually necessary - for three days prior to the procedure, do not use any topical acne medication. We don’t want you too dry. It is best to come in without make-up, but you can remove your make-up here if you need to and you can reapply it right after the procedure.
We prefer that you not suntan for a month prior to your treatment. There is virtually no downtime, and you may go right back to your work or your normal activities.
Do not take any oral antibiotics, antifungals, or NSAID’s (Naprosyn, Advil, Aleve) the day before and on your treatment day. If you need to be on these - tell us and we may reschedule.
Dr. Coverman recommends that you purchase a numbing cream. He recommends some specific brands that he feels works best. It is your responsibility to ask for and order these PRIOR to any scheduled appointment. Apply this liberally one hour before your treatment. This will blunt some of the discomfort. You will still feel some pain.
The numbing cream, although highly effective, and generally safe topically, can be absorbed by the body. If applied for too long in too broad of an area or on inflamed skin, too much of this could be absorbed with short term toxic results. It is not dangerous if used intermittently just prior to these treatments. Never occlude an area any larger than the total of two palm prints. If we are treating broad areas such as the back or both legs, don’t use it at all. ALWAYS ASK US FIRST!
SAVE the numbing cream! It can be used again for this treatment, other treatments like it, or for waxing, hair removal, even insect stings and sunburns. You will always find a use for this cream. Never put it on a fresh burn, infected skin, inflamed skin, or ANY weeping, open, or oozing skin. Never apply to any undiagnosed rash. For any questions, always ask our staff.
If you have ever had herpes or think you may have (cold sores or fever blisters), inform Dr. Coverman or our staff prior to scheduling your appointment. We will give you a series of anti-herpes pills to take the day before the treatment, the day of, and the day after. This should help or suppress or prevent herpes from flaring, but there are no guarantees. A herpes flare could cause pain, pigment, infection, and scarring.
You should not have any laser or any light based therapy if you have any photosensitive diseases such as lupus erythematosus, porphyria, or albinism. You must stop any photosensitive medicines at least two days before your treatment unless your prescribing doctor told you not to. Always check! These include:
- Anti-arthritis drugs such as gold or methotrexate
- Any antibiotic from the tetracycline group including Tetracycline, Minocycline, Doxycycline, Vibramycin, Doryx, Solodyn, and Monodox
- Acne medicines including Accutane, Cipro, or any of the “quinolone medications”
- Oral antifungals including Griseofulvin, Lamisil, etc.
- Anti-arrhythmia drugs including Chlorpromazine
- NSAIDs including Naprosyn, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen
- St. John’s Wort
- Certain birth control pills