First, this is not typically a recommended procedure for skin of color. This treatment is aggressive and results in prolonged healing of the skin, often leading to hyperpigmentation. Although reversible, hyperpigmentation can take months of topical treatments. Occasionally, additional laser treatments may be needed to correct the issue. If this treatment is chosen for skin of color, it needs to be undertaken as a series of gentler treatments, rather than a single substantial treatment.
Second, this treatment is also not suitable for pregnant women, or any patients who have been treated with isotretinoin (Accutane) in the prior 6 months.
As always, in order to prevent complications, it is important to tell us at the pre-treatment stage about any existing medical conditions.
Many choose to have Wrinkle Relaxers such as BOTOX® or Dysport® to reduce unwanted wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. This in addition to having Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Juvéderm® to plump and fill areas where volume has been lost. Some of these areas include the cheeks, nasolabial folds, lower eyelids, and lips. We may recommend botulinum toxin 2 weeks prior to the treatment, as studies have shown that this may enhance the effect on wrinkles caused by movement. However, we typically wait one month before or after doing fillers.
Facial anesthesia during the procedure will ensure a comfortable experience both during and after the treatment.