Laser Nail Fungus Treatment | Pre & Post-Care Instructions

Laser treatment of Onychomycosis is a relatively new solution,  but it has already proven to be highly effective, yielding tangible results for even the most stubborn of Nail Fungus Cases.

PRE-TREATMENT:

1. Clip your nails as far down as is comfortable before your appointment. This preparation will allow you to remove as much of the infected nail as possible.

2. Clean nails and exfoliate your hand or feet to remove any dead skin that may be harboring fungus.

3. Remove nail polish thoroughly before treatment. The laser energy cannot pass through nail polish. Even clear nail polish should be removed to achieve ultimate results.

4. Bring new socks or freshly washed in bleach and an additional pair of footwear for after the appointment. Do not put them on until after you have undergone your procedure. You do not want to put a treated foot back into a sock that may contain fungus. New, cotton socks are best because of their moisture-wicking properties.

Following these steps allows for more effective treatments and for an increased likelihood that the fungus will not re-infect the nails.

POST-TREATMENT:

After your appointment follow-up care is very important to the success of your nail fungus laser treatment. Please keep these instructions for future reference.

1. Normal activity may resume immediately.

2. Apply an anti-fungal cream with one of the following active ingredients: clotrimazole 1%, tolnaftate 1%, terbinafine 1%, miconazale 2%, or butenafine 1% to the skin on the bottom of your feet, sides of your feet, between your toes, and around the nails. (This cream is not intended for use on your nails.) Apply 2 times a day for 2 weeks; after 2 weeks apply once a day indefinitely, or as instructed by your provider.

3. Spray the insides of your shoes with an anti-fungal spray such as Lotrimin or Lamisil at the end of each day or use an ultraviolet shoe sterilizer (SteriShoe) as directed. Try not to wear the same shoes every day.

4. If your feet sweat a lot, use an anti-fungal powder such as Tinactin or Lotrimin.

5. Buy new nail clippers and files since current pair may be infected. Metal nail care instruments may also be cleaned with diluted bleach or boiling water.

6. Wash all fabrics your feet come in contact with regularly in hot soapy water or bleach immediately following the laser treatment.

7. Keep your toenails trimmed and clean. If necessary, have you toenails cut for every 3 to 4 weeks.

8. Wear flip- flops in public places especially hotel rooms and showers, athletic club locker rooms and showers, and indoor swimming pools.

9. Avoid nail salons that do not clean instruments properly or use a whirlpool system.

Most people keep their socks in a drawer or a basket. If you keep them in a basket it’s time to get a new basket. If in a drawer, you should remove all socks and other items and disinfect that spot. Apply a solution of warm water and bleach with a sponge and allow the solution to sit for a minimum of five minutes. Afterwards wipe the area down using a sponge with warm water will reduce the bleach smell.

Wash all colorfast socks with hot water and a slightly heavy amount of bleach to kill the fungus. If you have socks that are not colorfast they may be boiled in order to kill the fungus.

As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via Info@VermontLaserServices.com

Pigmentation Laser Treatment | Post-Care Instructions

Pigmented lesions are darker areas of the skin caused by excess melanin in skin cells. Some pigmented lesions are present at birth, such as birthmarks, and some are acquired over time, such as sunspots on sun-exposed areas. After your appointment is it very important to follow our aftercare instructions. See below for everything you need to know about caring for your skin after a laser pigmentated lesion removal.

 

AFTERCARE:

Keep out of direct sunlight for 24 to 48 hours, use gentle cleansers for 10 days post-treatment. Exfoliate gently on days 5,6, and 7.

AVOID: Direct sunlight, astringent products, facial scrubs, oral acne medications, heat, Retin-A, or hydroquinone.

RECOMMEND: Leave face dry and do not pick. Maintain the treatment schedule.

EXPECTATIONS: Pigmentation will fade over a period of 4 to 6 weeks, dead pigmented skin cells will exfoliate during the healing process and skin will tighten.

For maximum results - three treatments, time between treatments is six weeks.

As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via Info@VermontLaserServices.com

Laser Tattoo Removal | Post-Care Instructions

The unwanted ink absorbs the light energy, instantly heats up, and shatters. The shattered ink particles are then steadily removed by the body's immune system. Meanwhile, the surrounding skin tissue remains unharmed. After your appointment is it very important to follow our aftercare instructions. See below for everything you need to know about caring for your skin after a laser tattoo removal treatment. 

Aftercare:

The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8-72 hours, which may last 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur, and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.

1. Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply thin coating of Vitamin E oil up to three times a day for 3 days while the area is healing DO NOT apply Vitamin E oil to any area that have blistered until they scab over then apply Vitamin E oil and you should keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for 3 days.

2. Blistering is common and is likely to occur 8 hours after you treatment. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. Blisters indicate your body's immune system is healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your tattoo. It is natural for blisters to pop, and this helps the skin to heal faster in many cases. Continue to put antibiotic ointment over the blisters once they have popped for at least 24 hours.

3. You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take plain Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)

4. Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.

5. Feel free to shower 2 hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any form of soaking aren't recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed, as they may increase risk of infection.

6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other after care instructions provided here.

7. Wear a sun block with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment. Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication on or near the treated area, unless recommended by our office, for 48 hours.

8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, Vitamin E oil, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area. APPLYING VITAMIN E OIL DIRECTLY TO AREA DAILY IS RECOMMENDED!

9. If the area looks infected (honey colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the office immediately.

10. Of course, if you have any extreme reaction, call 911 and go to the emergency department.

Blistering Instructions:

To relieve a blister that is the after effect of tattoo removal please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Use a new Lancet or fine sterilized needle. You can clean the needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol or by boiling it in water.
  3. Use the needle to puncture the blister at the edge of its base.
  4. Let the fluid drain, but leave the overlying skin in tact. Do not pick or disturb the blister in any other way.
  5. With a clean napkin or tissue lightly press out any remaining fluid.
  6. Once the blister is drained apply very small peas sized mouth of antibiotic ointment to the blister with a Q-tip and let it air-dry.

This should only be done if the blister is still very small.

When you notice the blister filling back up, relate the above steps and remember to puncture the blister in the same spot.

The blister should subside in 24-48 hours, it is rare that you should have to do this more then twice, but if that's the case consult our office first.

Avoid soaking it in water, heat, over bandaging, friction, or exercise during the blisters healing process.

Never use the same needle or lancet twice unless it has been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.

As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via Info@VermontLaserServices.com

Laser Hair Removal | Pre & Post-Care Instructions

Laser hair removal works by diffusing a highly concentrated beam of light through the skin that is designed to selectively penetrate the hair follicle. After your treatment is it very important to follow our aftercare instructions. See below for everything you need to know about caring for your skin before and after a laser hair removal treatment.

PRETREATMENT CARE:  

NO direct sun exposure beforehand

NO use of tanning beds

NO antibiotics 10 days prior

NO waxing in area that will be treated with laser 

*Please shave the day before your appointment*

In the case of itching or skin irritation, apply a cold compress or Aloe Vera gel to the treated area.

  • Avoid hot baths, sauna, rubbing, and massage for a couple days after treatment.

  • Avoid scratching the skin and picking scabs.

  • Avoid using cosmetics and creams/scrubs that can cause allergic reactions or irritate the skin.

  • Avoid using perfume on treated areas.

  • Avoid shaving the treated area until any redness or discoloration has resolved.

  • Do not suntan and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or more when outdoors for 4 weeks after treatment.

  • Do not use spray tans or self-tanning lotions for 1 week after treatment.

  • Avoid waxing, plucking, and bleaching to achieve the best results.

  • Drink plenty of water.

As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via Info@VermontLaserServices.com

Acne Treatment | Post-Care Instructions

Acne is the most common skin condition and is experienced by people of all ages, some more severely than others. After your Acne Treatment procedure at VLS it very important to follow our aftercare instructions. See below for everything you need to know about caring for your skin after a laser acne treatment.

For Cystic Acne Treatments:

Keep out of direct sunlight for 12 to 24 hours, wash face 2-3 times a day use gentle cleanser's continuously. Keep bedding and face clean. Use of Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) or Salicylic acid based product.

AVOID: facial scrubs, oral acne medications, heat, Retin- A, hydroguinone*, tretinoin* cream, corticosteroids, glycol acid (GA) and azelaic acid*.

Recommended: Use sunscreen and adopt a skin washing regiment using gently oil free cleanser.

Expectations: Redness will go down in 1-2 hours. Active acne reduces and even skin tone and texture appear.

For Maximum Results: 2-6 treatments spaces out 4-7 days apart then monthly maintenance depending on severity.

 

As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via Info@VermontLaserServices.com


Post Care Glossary:

Azelaic Acid: Comes in a gel or cream and has antibacterial and anti- inflammatory properties. It is more commonly used for another type of condition called rosacea, but it may help mild acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide: is a medicine you use to treat acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions, gels, soaps, and liquids.

Hydroquinone: is used to lighten the dark patches of skin (also called hyper pigmentation, melanoma, "liver spots", "age spots", "freckles") caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine , or injury to the skin.

Kojic Acid: is used to treat skin diseases such as melasma

Salicylic Acid: is an active ingredient in some nonprescription acne treatments. When you apply it to your skin it dries up whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It also causes the top layer of your skin to peel. Products that contain salicylic acid may cause tingling and a mild redness of the skin.

Tretinoin: (brand name Retin-A, Avita, Renova) is a derivative of vitamin A and is the treatment of choice for comedonal acne as well as whiteheads and blackheads.

Laser Facial Peel | Post-Care Instructions

Our laser facial peels treats acne scars - age wrinkles - enlarged pores - collagen production - anti aging treatment. After you have completed your Laser Facial Peel you must follow our aftercare instructions. See below for everything you need to know about caring for your skin after a laser facial peel treatment.

 

Keep out of direct sunlight for 24 to 48 hours

Kojic* or Azelic acid*, or hydroquinone* regiment is highly suggested

Pre/post Vitamin C and Retin A topical can be helpful for at home use (must be discontinued 3 days prior and 3 days post treatment)

AVOID: Direct sun light, astringent facial scrub, oral acne medication, and heat.

Recommend: Use of sunscreen and follow aftercare recommendations thoroughly.

 

As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via Info@VermontLaserServices.com


Post Care Glossary:

Azelaic Acid: Comes in a gel or cream and has antibacterial and anti- inflammatory properties. It is more commonly used for another type of condition called rosacea, but it may help mild acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide: is a medicine you use to treat acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions, gels, soaps, and liquids.

Hydroquinone: is used to lighten the dark patches of skin (also called hyper pigmentation, melanoma, "liver spots", "age spots", "freckles") caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine , or injury to the skin.

Kojic Acid: is used to treat skin diseases such as melasma

Salicylic Acid: is an active ingredient in some nonprescription acne treatments. When you apply it to your skin it dries up whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It also causes the top layer of your skin to peel. Products that contain salicylic acid may cause tingling and a mild redness of the skin.

Tretinoin: (brand name Retin-A, Avita, Renova) is a derivative of vitamin A and is the treatment of choice for comedonal acne as well as whiteheads and blackheads.