Specific Pre- and Post-Treatment Protocols for Electrolysis

Before your appointment:

To ease the possibility of discomfort, I recommend that you consult with your physician and let them know that you are having electrolysis treatments and that you would like to request a prescription for EMLA cream.  This is a very effective blend with lidocaine that is formulated to desensitize intact skin.  I have yet to hear of a client refused a prescription.  Your insurance may even cover it under your plan.

· 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.

· Clean skin reduces the risk of irritation, so lotions, oils, deodorants and/or makeup should be avoided on the areas to be treated on the day of treatment and for at least 24 hours afterwards.

· Wear freshly laundered bikini or brief underwear for a bikini-line treatment.

· Do not apply deodorant or antiperspirant before having work done under the arms.

· RELAX. Try to avoid the stress of rushing to keep your appointment on time. Feeling pressured to be prompt can stimulate adrenalin and make you tense and raise your anxiety level. Arrive early enough to allow yourself some time to relax for a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time, or please call if you are running late so arrangements can be made.

· Avoid ingesting caffeine or other stimulants on the day of your appointment.

· It is important to be well-hydrated for your treatment, so try to drink an adequate amount (up to a 1 ½ quarts) of water for a day or two prior to your appointment.

· You may want to consider taking your favorite pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or naproxen an hour before your appointment. Benadryl may also be taken to reduce post-treatment irritation.

· Apply the EMLA cream as a film to area (don't rub it in) and lightly cover it with plastic wrap 30 minutes before treatment to help ease the possibility of discomfort.

· Do not shave or trim hair for 48 hours before appointment.

After your appointment:

· 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.

· Do not touch, rub, scratch or squeeze the treated area. Occasionally, a tiny scab may appear a day or two 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.

· KEEP TREATED AREA CLEAN AND DRY. Keep hands clean! Do not rub while washing or drying your skin. Use the Clearing Skin Wash that is available from this treatment provider. Do not use any harsh soaps, use only cleansers that have no aroma and are marked for sensitive skin.

· Do not use deodorant or antiperspirant for 24 hours after work on the underarms.

· Do not apply makeup to the treated area for at least 24 hours. If you must use makeup, use only fresh makeup, purchased within the last 90 days to minimize the risk of infection or reaction. Do not used soiled powder puffs, makeup brushes or other applicators to apply makeup to freshly treated skin. Use a new or clean applicator each time.

· Avoid the use of fragranced lotions or creams to area until healing is complete.

· If work was done on the face, neck or hairline, put a new pillowcase on your pillow and avoid hair products that are waxy or greasy and can be transferred to the linens. Avoid use of fabric softener as well to eliminate irritation or breakouts.

· If, after treatment, a tiny formation of fluid resembling a whitehead is noted, do not squeeze. Apply benzoyl peroxide (2%) once or twice to affected area, a dab of calamine lotion or other recommended professional product such as Overnight Clearing Gel available from this treatment provider. This reaction is normal and the product will dry up the lesion and assist with healing. You may also use an antibacterial cream such as Polysporin, Bacitracin, Mycitracin or other similar product to avoid minor infection.

· Blot lightly with an antiseptic such as Thermafuse Asset (available from this treatment provider), witch hazel or other suitable antiseptics.

· If swelling occurs, apply ice wrapped in plastic to the treated area.

· Apply Aloe Vera gel or medicated greaseless cream especially formulated for burns.

· Avoid exposure to the sun or tanning beds for at least two days. If you must be out in the sun, wear a sunblock of at least SPF 30 containing zinc oxide to assist with healing.

· Wait three to five days before using hot tubs, saunas, public swimming pools or other ponds/pools/lakes.

· In general, avoid and kind of activity that would subject the treated skin to irritating conditions while it is in the healing stage.

· If you have any concerns or questions regarding your electrolysis treatment, please call your treatment provider:

Linda Cowin