PICO TREATMENT AFTERCARE
Redness is normal and expected. Pinpoint bleeding may occur. This can last for a few hours – 12 hours depending on the treatment depth and may be isolated to certain treated areas. Immediately after treatment Swelling is common and expected. Use of a cold compress or ice packs will help to relieve the swelling. To avoid further swelling, you may choose to sleep in an upright position the first night after the treatment. The first morning post treatment is when swelling is more prevalent, especially under the eyes. Swelling may last 2-4 days depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Avoid salt while swelling is present. Avoid spicy and acidic foods for the first 48 hours. The treated area may be extremely warm for 12-24 hours after the treatment. Cold compresses or ice packs may provide comfort during this time.
You will increasingly notice tiny dark spots and bronzed appearance to the treated skin. In individuals with heavily pigmented skin, or in areas where sun damage has produced pigmented lesions, the microscopic wounds, contain large amounts of melanin. Because there are so many, they can make the skin look bronzed and small areas appear crusted (do not try to scratch them off). This is part of the healing process where treated tissue is working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated. During this time, your skin will be very dry and have a sandpaper texture and will begin to flake and peel.
- Avoid Sun Exposure: It’s crucial to avoid direct sun exposure for a few weeks after the treatment. The skin will be more sensitive, and sun exposure can lead to pigmentation issues. If you have to go outside, wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. This will help in the healing process and also facilitate the production of collagen.
- Use Gentle Skincare Products: For a few days following the procedure, use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers. Avoid any skincare products with harsh chemicals or exfoliants. KEEP SKIN MOISTURIZED
- Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Refrain from using hot water on your face, and avoid activities that cause excessive sweating or heat, such as vigorous exercise, saunas, and steam rooms, for about 48 hours post-treatment.
- Minimize Makeup: If possible, avoid using makeup for the first 24-48 hours after the treatment. When you do start using makeup again, opt for mineral-based products that are less likely to irritate the skin.
- Do Not Pick or Scratch: There may be some peeling or flakiness as the skin heals. It’s essential not to pick or scratch the treated area, as this can cause scarring.
- Follow Medical Advice: If your practitioner has given you specific instructions or prescribed medication, make sure to follow these directions carefully.
- Cold Compress: If you experience any swelling or discomfort, you can use a cold compress to alleviate these symptoms. However, make sure not to apply ice directly to the skin; wrap it in a cloth or use a cold pack.
- Sleep with Head Elevated: Sleeping with your head slightly elevated can help reduce any swelling that might occur after the treatment.
- Schedule Follow-Up Appointments: It’s important to have any scheduled follow-up appointments with your practitioner to monitor the progress and discuss any concerns or questions you might have.