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- It is imperative to protect the treatment area from the sun for a full 4 weeks prior to the Fraxel. This is best accomplished by the use of SPF 30 sunscreen daily (preferably containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) and a hat worn during times of greater exposure to the sun’s rays. Any tan or “color” from the sun can cause side effects.
- Do not use glycolic acids, retinoids or lightening creams 1 week prior to the treatment.
- 75 minutes before your appointment, our office staff will apply topical numbing gel to the area being treated. Your physician will also give you a prescription for Valtrex which you should take prior to and after your procedure if you have a history of cold sores.
- To minimize potential bruising, discontinue aspirin and ibuprofen for 1 week prior to your Fraxel treatment. We advise waiting 2 weeks after any other cosmetic procedure (ie. Botox or fillers) or waxing to be treated with the Fraxel Dual.