Are you noticing signs of wear or sun damage on your skin? A Laser Skin Revitalization treatment is a preventive step toward restoring your skin’s health and appearance. Proper laser treatment preparation can improve your results and enhance the experience. Here’s what you need to do to be ready for your session:

Effective Skincare Before Laser Treatment

Adapting your skincare routine is important for keeping your skin in optimal condition for a laser skin revitalization treatment. Follow these pre-treatment skincare tips:

  • Starting one week before your treatment, focus on gentle, non-irritating products.
  • Avoid skincare products containing retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), or other exfoliating agents that can make your skin more sensitive.
  • Focus on hydration by incorporating products with hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help strengthen your skin’s barrier and maintain moisture levels.
  • Avoid using new skincare products to prevent unexpected reactions, and keep your skin moisturized with a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic lotion to ensure it remains calm and hydrated.

Lifestyle Modifications

Optimizing your lifestyle choices before the procedure can significantly affect the effectiveness of your laser skin revitalization treatment and help reduce potential side effects. Consider these important adjustments as part of your laser therapy readiness:

  • Avoid sun exposure to prevent new sun damage. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily, and wear protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves to safeguard your skin.
  • Stop smoking several weeks before and after your treatment to promote better healing and recovery, as smoking can delay the skin’s natural repair processes.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which contribute to skin health and resilience.

These preventive steps are essential for skin revitalization prep, helping you enjoy a smoother procedure and optimal results.

Pre-Treatment Considerations

Proper laser treatment preparation involves more than just external skincare. It also includes managing medications and addressing potential health triggers. Here are several vital steps to take:

  • Medication management: Inform a trusted provider like Dr. Sonny O about the medications and supplements you’re taking. Blood thinners, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements like ginkgo biloba and St. John’s wort may need to be paused because they can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • Antiviral precautions: If you have a history of herpes virus or cold sores, discuss this with the doctor. You may be prescribed preventive antiviral medication to avoid flare-ups triggered by laser treatments.
  • Allergy and sensitivity checks: Be upfront about any skin sensitivities or allergies to avoid products that are unsafe for you during treatment.
  • Diet adjustment: Reduce alcohol consumption and high-sodium foods a few days before your treatment to lessen the possibility of swelling and inflammation.

These measures will help minimize complications and prepare your skin for the laser treatment, contributing to a more effective and safer experience.

Contact Us

Interested in how laser skin revitalization can improve your skin? Reach out to us today at Dr. Sonny O Plastic Surgery. As Charleston’s leading plastic surgeon, Dr. O has helped patients from all over Charleston and Mt. Pleasant with their laser treatment preparation before their skin revitalization procedure. Contact Dr. Sonny O to book your consultation today.