- Try to avoid exposure to the sun and tanning for several days before treatment, and ensure areas to be treated are free of tanning agents prior to your appointment. Please notify the clinician if you have recently applied self tanning products, or have had unprotected sun exposure.
- The treatment area should be clean with no lotions, creams or makeup applied.
- Advise the clinician if you are taking any prescribed medication. Some patients may find their skin is slightly more sensitive whilst on medication.
- Immediately after treatment you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling and a slight red appearance. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs.
- Sunspots/sun damage will darken after treatment and be naturally shed from the skin within 1-2 weeks.
- Keep the skin clean using a low irritant cleanser and moisturiser.
- Apply SPF 30+ daily, and try to avoid exposure to the sun.
- Do not use exfoliators or cleansing agents containing AHA (alpha hydroxy acids), glycolic acid or salicylic acid for 2 weeks following the treatment.
- Avoid topical vitamin A creams or serums or 2 weeks following treatment.
- You can apply make-up over the treatment areas.
- Typically a number of treatments will be necessary to treat sunspots.