CO2 Laser Pre-Care Instructions

CO2 Laser Pre-Care Instructions

Please contact us to schedule your consultation for Co2 Laser Skin Resurfacing (Active FX, Deep FX, Total FX). After your consultation we will pre-op you before the procedure and go over these pre-care items.
Contraindications: No Accutane use in the past one year. Any history of vitiligo, scleroderma, collagen disorders, radiation treatment, skin cancer, psoriasis, scarring, keloid scarring, pregnancy, breastfeeding. Notify Dr. Seiler if you have any history of dermal filler or silicone injections. Notify Dr. Seiler if you have sleep apnea or other breathing problems.

Pre-Care Instructions:

  • Notify us if you have a history of developing cold sores (herpes infections), facial sores, or any other type of infection. Also notify us if you have tattoos or permanent makeup.
  • Minimize sun exposure and use daily sunblock containing zinc oxide. Discuss with Dr. Seiler how long you must be completely out of the sun and off self-tanner before treatment (generally 3 weeks).
  • Begin Alastin Skin Nectar 2 weeks prior to procedure and continue using it until the morning of your procedure.
  • Stop Tretinoin, Retin-A, Retinol 10 days before and Skin lightening products (Hydroquinone 4%) 3 days before.
  • Bring one tablet of Benadryl (25 mg, over-the-counter) for the procedure. If you have a long ride home, bring a cooler of ice for afterwards.
  • Purchase a bottle of white vinegar for vinegar soaks. Also purchase small cotton washcloths.
  • Avoid waxing for 1 week before and 4-8 weeks after treatment.
  • Do NOT bring Jewelry or valuables to procedure
  • Remove all nail polish from fingernails, including French manicures BEFORE the procedure.
  • Drink A LOT of water the days before your procedure. Hydration is very important because we will be drawing your blood for the procedure.

Morning of the procedure:
Eat a solid meal. Cleanse face and do not wear makeup or perfume to treatment. Dress in comfortable clothes with a loose fitting, low cut shirt. If you have long hair, wear in back in a ponytail away from face and neck.

Medication Protocol:

4 days before procedure begin:

  • Arnica - Take 3 tablets under tongue 3 times per day for 4 days prior to procedure (and 4days after).
  • Bromelain - Take 2 capsules on an empty stomach 3 times per day for 4 days prior to procedure (and 3 days after).
  • Probiotic 8 - Take 1 capsule on an empty stomach 2 times per day for 4 days prior to procedure and continue until bottle is gone. This is a great supplement to use long-term.

Day before procedure begin:

  • Valtrex (valcyclovir, antiviral) – 1 daily for one week
  • Clindamycin (antibiotic) - (if given) twice/day for one week
  • Diflucan (antifungal/anti-yeast) (fluconazole) - (if given) take one pill one time only

Day of procedure:

  • Valium (diazepam)/Demerol (meprogan)/Phenergan (promethazine) – l each on the way to procedure and bring rest (must have a driver if taking these).
  • Medrol Dose Pack - (if given) Do not take as written on box. Take one after the procedure and 1 pill every 4-6 hours for the next 2-3 days as needed to help reduce swelling. This will especially be useful for the first two days after the procedure.
  • Seiler sedation sucker - if prescribed, pick up day before procedure at Over the Mountain Pharmacy: 4628 Cahaba Heights Court, Birmingham, AL 35243 Phone (205) 824-0775 Hours M-Th 9 am-4:30 pm, Friday 9 am-noon

Before & After Photos