How many days prior laser surgery is it a good idea to take an anti-viral? Do I need to take one if I am only getting laser on my upper chest area?
Anti-Viral Medication Before Laser Surgery
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1-2 days- but depends on your history.
For full face resurfacing I ALWAYS prescribe anti-virals 24-0 hours prior to surgery, regardless of history.
To answer your question - it depends on your history and what type of laser is used. Your Specialist should make that call and not you! If you have a history of cold sores, yes it is recommended.
Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
Begin Antiviral medication 1- 2 days prior to treatment
Antiviral medications should be started 1-2 days prior to resurfacing treatments. The medication should be continues until full re-epithelialization or healing has occurred. Until the skin is fully healed you are still at risk for an outbreak.
Laser surgery and anti-viral medication
If you have not had cold sores on your chest or your close contacts do not have a history of cold sores, it is not necessary to take an anti-viral medication before a non-ablative laser procedure. If you have a history of cold sores in any area and are having an ablative procedure, you should start the anti-viral medication 24 hours before your procedure and continue for 7 days.
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We usually have them start 24-48 hours before, depending on their location of procedure. On the face, 48 hours, on the body, 24 hours. Thank you for your question and good luck.
Antiviral therapy may be taken 12 hours before laser surgery
Antiviral therapy may be taken 12 hours before laser surgery. This is usually done for laser treatments of the face and not the chest.
Antivirals prior to laser treatment
Antiviral treatment is reasonable to consider when there are any treatments near an area which occasionally gets cold sores (e.g. around the lips). If treating the chest, taking an antiviral is NOT necessary.
Anti virals and laser surgery
For me it depends on the type of procedure: If I am using a fractionated laser and patients don't have a history of cold sores I don't put them on any antivirals. You heal the surface of the skin so quickly with antivirals I don't find it necessary. If you have a history or if I use full ablative treatments I will start them that morning.
Fractionated laser treatments
In general for my patients I recommend antiviral medications before a laser facial resurfacing or fractionalted laser procedure, starting 24 hours prior to the procedure. For a procedure on the chest unless there is a history of prior viral infections in the area or another outstanding medical problem I do not routinely use antiviral medciation.
Anti-viral medications befoe laser surgery
If you have a history of herpes breakouts around the mouth or for that matter if you had chicken pox as a child it is a good idea to take anti-viral medications around your laser treatment to prevent an outbreak. I generally prescribe 1 day before and 5 days after with Zovirax.
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