Pre-operative Tips to Speed Up Recovery from Fraxel Repair?

From what I've read on this site, doctors sometimes prescribe a special skin care regimen several days before the Fraxel repair treatment to minimize side effects and shorten downtime. What does it consist of?

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Fraxel repair Pre-Treatment Tips for a Better Recovery

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Hi Merry,

Most patients use Clobetasol propionate 0.05% cream twice a day beginning the day before Fraxel repair. They also begin antibiotic and antiviral medication. In patients with darker skin types or Asian patients, many are started on Nia-24 skin strengthening cream a week or two before treatment. Some physician treat those patients with bleaching cream.

Patients should be well hydrated, avoid smoking, and take antioxidants such as Vit C 1000mg twice a day. They should also avoid excessive sun exposure, skin care products that have exfoliants, and any other irritative skin products or treatments.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Topical cortisones help 2 days before fraxel Repair

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We generally start using a potent topical cortisone cream such as Clobetesol , as well as oral antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals 2 days prior to Fraxel Repair

For darker skin types we also start with bleaching creams 1-2 weeks prior to the procedure

Nissan Pilest, MD
Irvine Dermatologic Surgeon
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