Specific Pre- and Post-Treatment Protocols for Electrolysis
Before your appointment:
· You may want to consider taking your favorite pain reliever such as Tylenol an hour before your appointment to ease the possibility of discomfort. Benadryl may also be taken to reduce post-treatment irritation cause by a histamine reaction of the skin. Another suggestion is to look into some topical lidocaine that is formulated to desensitize intact skin. I can recommend different types of these products.
Note: please consult with your physician
· Apply EMLA or other lidocaine cream as a film to area (don't rub it in) and lightly cover it with plastic wrap up to 30 minutes before treatment to help ease the possibility of discomfort.
· Do not shave or trim hair 36 to 48 hours before your appointment. The time may be adjusted once we consult for treatment.
· It is important to be well-hydrated for your treatment, so try to drink an adequate amount (36-40 oz or more) of water for a day or two prior to your appointment. (Please don't drink it all the day you come in.) If your skin still feels tight and dehydrated, the night before, applying a pure Aloe Vera gel onto the skin and letting it soak in really helps to soften and rehydrate. Hydrated skin makes any hair removal treatment much more comfortable.
· Clean skin reduces the risk of post-treatment irritation. If an area starts to itch before it heals over, apply a gentle cleanser and rinse well. Keep lotions, oils, deodorants and/or makeup to a minimum on areas being treated and for at least 24 hours afterwards.
· Do not apply deodorant or anti-perspirant before having work done under the arms.
· RELAX. Try to avoid the stress of rushing to keep your appointment on time. Feeling pressured or in a hurry can stimulate adrenalin and make you tense and raise your anxiety level. If you get stuck and or are running late, take a few deep breaths and text me to let me know. It's OK. Life happens. I provide a relaxing environment so once you get there you can take your shoes off and settle onto my comfortable treatment lounge.
· Try to avoid ingesting caffeine or other stimulants on the day of your appointment. Cannibis can also contribute to hyper-sensitivity and not recommended before treatment.
· Good hygiene is an important part of your treatment, and you should be showered and clean as part of your preparation before you arrive if you are having treatment done on the body. For work around the hairline or nape of the neck, hair should be freshly shampooed.
· If you are coming from work and can't cleanse your face before arriving, no worries. I can do that for you.
After your appointment:
· Please keep treated areas clean and dry and try not to touch the face with hands that are unwashed to cut down on post-treatment skin reactions or other problems. Do not use excessive pressure or friction while washing or drying your skin. Please do not use any harsh soaps or alcohol. If skin is sensitive or reactive, using cleansers that have no aroma and are marked for sensitive skin are helpful. Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash for post-treatment is an effective anti-bacterial cleanser and is available from this treatment provider.
· To cleanse after treatment at home, use a gentle cleanser with gentle pressure and rinse with cool water and clean towel. If necessary, blot lightly with a suitable skin antiseptic such as benzylkonium chloride or witch hazel. Do not scratch or squeeze the treated area.
· It is normal for the treated area to be red and slightly swollen. Both of these conditions usually disappear within an hour or two, but can last longer. If the skin remains puffy, pink or warm after you return home, add ice to cool water in a bowl, dip a clean cloth or paper towel into it and apply to the treated area. Repeat as necessary. An application of pure Aloe Vera gel may be helpful to soothe and hydrate the skin. If swelling persists longer than 24 hours, especially if skin remains warm or tight to the touch, please notify me to discuss whether it may be a skin reaction due to irritation by a product used.
· Occasionally, a tiny pustule containing fluid resembling a whitehead may appear two or three days after treatment. These are common for skin that tends to be oily, prone to clogged follicles, acne or ingrown hairs. Cleansing or treating this condition with an acne cleanser with salicylic acid or Bump and Blemish, a product available from this treatment provider, is helpful as a spot treatment. Sometimes, a tiny scab may appear within a week following treatment. This is also normal. DO NOT remove this scab or scarring may result. The area will heal from underneath and the crust will come off by itself.
· Do not use deodorant or antiperspirant for 24 hours after work on the underarms if possible.
· Do not apply makeup to the treated area for at least 24 hours. If makeup is applied, please consider using only fresh makeup (purchased within the last 90 days) to minimize the risk of reaction or infection. Do not used soiled powder puffs, makeup brushes or other applicators to apply makeup to freshly treated skin. It's best to use a clean one each time.
· Please avoid the use of fragranced lotions or creams to area until the skin heals over.
· If work was done on the face, neck or hairline, it may be very helpful to put a new pillowcase on your pillow and avoid hair products that are waxy or greasy. These can be transferred to the linens which is then transferred onto the skin and can cause irritation or breakouts. You may want to avoid use of fabric softener if possible for the same reasons.
· Avoid exposure to the sun to treated areas as much as possible during your course of treatment. If you must be out in the sun, wear a sunblock of at least SPF 30 containing zinc oxide (which also assists with healing).
· Wait until any visible opening in the skin heals over, two or three days, preferrably longer, before using hot tubs, saunas, public swimming pools, ponds/lakes.
· In general, avoid and kind of activity that would subject the treated skin to irritating conditions such as heat, friction or an irritant on the skin, even perspiration, while it is in the healing stage.
· If you have any concerns or questions regarding your electrolysis treatment, please call your treatment provider.