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PlexR Plus Post-Care Info

Procedure Day

 

  • There may be some mild to moderate swelling to the treated area(s). Expect moderate to excessive swelling around the eyes.
  • You may experience a “burning” or “stinging” sensation in the treated area(s) immediately after treatment and up to 24 hours after treatment. This is the normal sensation of heat exiting the skin. You can use an ice pack to help relieve this sensation.
  • After treating areas of the face, sleep on your back with your head elevated to minimize swelling.
  • It is unlikely you will ever get an infection from a Plexr treatment as the wound we cause is not open. However, the first 12 hours post-treatment is of vital importance in protecting you from any kind of potential infection so please avoid any activities where you could expose yourself to contaminants, meaning going to the gym, public places where you can pick up germs by touching things then touching your skin.
  • No high intensity exercise and excessive sweating for at least 3-5 days.
  • Use of makeup to the treated area(s) during the first 5-7 days following your treatment is highly discouraged because the application or removal of makeup could prematurely disrupt the scabs before they are ready to fall off.

*DO NOT PICK AT THE TREATMENT AREA

TREATMENT POST-PROCEDURE

 

 

Day 1 thru to day 4

  • 24hr post treatment, using a soft damp cloth and luke warm water, pat the area that was treated cleanse area. Next, apply a thin layer of Polysporin or Vaseline to the treated area. This can be done morning and night.
  • Because there will be swelling associated with the healing process immediately after treatment, you can apply ice packs wrapped in a towel or cloth. It is also recommended to sleep with your head elevated.
  • If you are experiencing a fair amount of discomfort, you can take Advil (Ibuprofen) to help with the swelling.

Day 4 onward

Cleaning the Area:

  • Sensicalm Cleanser. Using a small amount of the cleanser, dab on the treated area 1-2 times per day. The skin may feel tender to the touch, so be gentle and careful. Rinse using warm water. Do not exfoliate area, be gentle when rubbing, and pat dry.
    • SPF 50 should be worn before going outside, even with 5 minutes of sun exposure, as well as overcast days. Indoor lighting can cause risk of pigmentation on new healing skin.

Moisturizing:

  • Recovery Balm. After cleansing, apply a thin layer of recovery balm to the treated area morning and evening after cleansing. If treated area is feeling tight and dry, you can apply during the day as well. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.

Sun Screen:

  • Clear Shield Sunscreen. After the recovery balm has penetrated, apply a small amount of the sunscreen on the treated area in the morning only, no need to use in the evening.
  • Once the scabs come off, you absolutely MUST now begin to apply SPF 50 while your skin is in the healing stages (pink in color) and you should continue to do so for at least the next 12 weeks (and ideally longer). The area(s) treated have produced brand new skin and may burn and/or pigment without adequate protection from the sun. Even while indoors – if your home has sunlight coming in the windows and you can not block the light, apply SPF 50.
  • SPF 50 should be worn before going outside, even with 5 minutes of sun exposure, as well as overcast days. Indoor lighting can cause risk of pigmentation on new healing skin.

Follow-up – Your follow-up appointments will be scheduled for 30 days post-procedure. you feel that you are having an unusual problem with the treatment, please contact the office.

Medications – If you are prone to cold sores have your doctor prescribe Valtrex (an anti-viral medication) which is used to prevent viral outbreaks on your skin and cold sores – if you have a history of them). Tylenol is recommended for pain or a prescription from your physician.

In the Following Days/Weeks After Your Treatment:

  • It is normal for the area that has been treated to feel tight and dry. Weeping in the treatment area is very normal and will settle, tiny crusts will quickly form on the treated area. These may be visible for up to about a week. The crusts/scabs will become darker before they fall off.
  • Do NOT pick crusts off as this will delay the healing process and could cause scarring.
  • If washing your hair after treating areas on the face, we advise that you do NOT stand with your face under a hot shower or direct water from shower head for the first 7 days. This could increase swelling. Try to avoid shower gels or hair products running on to your face as this could cause irritation. If water does get on the area treated, blot very gently with a clean cloth or towel.
  • Absolutely do NOT use any lotions or creams that are not provided for the next 2 weeks. We recommend the only products you use during the 2 weeks post treatment healing stage are the products provided or recommended for you.
  • ONLY use the products you are sent home with for the next 2 weeks. The area must be kept free of oil to help the crusts form and then fall off the skin naturally. Do NOT rub or abrade the area(s) or use exfoliating products. This could result in scarring and/or pigmentation.
  • Stay away from heat & steam for the next 2 weeks while the skin may be pink and very sensitive.
  • If you have had treatment around your eyes, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for 72 hours after your treatment.
  • Swelling may last up to 3 weeks, and may be more severe in certain delicate areas such as the eyelids/under eyes.  In fair-skinned and/or individuals with sensitive skin, redness may persist longer.  In either case, ask your provider how to accelerate the restoration of normal color, which will return to baseline after about 4 months if proper aftercare is followed. 
  • When the crusts have fallen off then your skin may be a little pink as it is fresh, new and rejuvenated baby skin. This pinkness will fade over time in as little as 2 weeks up to a few months. In rare cases it may take up to 6 months.
  • You absolutely must NOT use saunas or sunbeds during your 12-week healing period and ideally for longer. Avoid the midday sun.
  • All other facial treatments on the same area should be avoided while your skin is healing.
  • Use of topical Retin A products should be avoided for 4 weeks.

Other Important Aftercare Recommendations: 

  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Taking Vitamin C supplements over the course of your healing process can give your immune system a big boost and may expedite healing.
  • Any additional treatments that may be required must only be performed once the skin is completely healed and has returned to its normal color.
  • It can take 8 to 12 weeks for the full effects of your treatment to be seen. You may not actually require further treatment once the effects of your original treatment are more determinable. Please note that if you do require a longer period of time between treatments, the delay will not alter the outcome/results.
  • Multiple treatment sessions may be required for desired results, and your practitioner will inform you of this. Treatments will be scheduled a minimum of 6-8 weeks apart. ​

Warning: If excessive swelling or signs of infection occur, please contact the office immediately. (Moderate swelling immediately post treatment and several days after is normal).

Signs of infection include: 

  • Drainage that looks like pus (green discharge)
  • Increased warmth and/or redness around the treatment area and is spreading 
  • Significant tenderness or pain around the treatment area 
  • Fever – Temperature of 100.5F or greater