pre-fraxel, what's needed to get ready?
What Should I Do to Prepare for Fraxel Treatment?
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Preparation for Fraxel depends on your skin
It is recommended for darker skin types to start using hydroquinone for two weeks before the treatment. You should avoid tanning and stop using any harsh exfoliating product for two weeks as well. If you have a history of cold sores it is recommended to take Valtrex as a preventative treatment. To minimize the pain and discomfort during the procedure you can also take some vicodine or valium. Using a physical block sunscreen after the treatment is very important as well.
Get ready for lots of compliments after you heal
Before Fraxel re:pair, you need to:
- Not tan for two weeks
- Stay off of all exfoliating treatments
- Take Valtrex, an antibiotic, and a topical steroid cream beginning the day before your treatment
Preparation for Fraxel
It is a very good idea to make sure you have everything you need for your post-treatment care before you have Fraxel. You are not going to want to go shopping after your treatment.
Make sure you don't have a tan, and use sunblock when you are outside so you don't get a tan for one month before your treatment. Stop using all retinoids and all glycolic acid products 2 weeks before your treatment. Get your Valtrex prescription filled and start taking it the day before your treatment. If your doctor wants you to take an antibiotic as well, check with her or him as to when to begin this. If you are going to be taking a prescription pain medicine or anxiety medicine, get this prescription filled and make sure you understand when to take it.
Purchase the mild facial cleanser, emollient cream/moisturizer, and physical sunblock that you will be using after the treatment. After Fraxel restore, I recommend Cerave or Elta cleanser; Aquaphor or Elta as a very emollient thicker moisturizer or Cerave or EpiCeram as a creamy moisturizer; and Elta or Vanicream sunscreen.
Everyone reacts differently to the treatment, and depending on your personal healing reactions and the intensity of your treatment, you may want to take anywhere from 2-5 days off from work and social engagements.
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Preparation for Fraxel
It is always best to ask this during your consultation. At that time the physician can advise you of some important "do's and don'ts" or have you meet with a medical esthetician to set-up a regimen of products that will compliment your laser procedure. Some physicians will have their patients on a hydroquinone regimen before Fraxel, as well as Valtrex and even sometimes antibiotics. Most topical medications such as Retin-A should be stopped prior to laser resurfacing. Again, best thing to do, follow the instructions given during the consultation when you set-up your appointment.
Preparation for Fraxel depends on which Fraxel
If you are going to have Fraxel Restore, you may not need to do much in preparation. It would be wise to stop Retin-A and exfoliants for two weeks prior so as not to have hypersensitive skin right before the laser treatment. If you have had episodes of fever blisters than you might be told to take an antiviral medication and if you are having Fraxel Repair then you should definitely take the antiviral medication. Some doctors also recommend antibiotics before Fraxel Repair, but this is not a requirement. You do not need special pre treatment creams unless you are somewhat dark-skinned and at risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, then some doctors recommend lightnening creams to be used for a week or more prior to the laser.