Saphira Clinic Thermage Pre Treatment Info
These pre and post-care instructions are intended to guide you through the treatment process and get you on your way to gorgeous clear skin!
This Document is supplied to you along with a link to your electronic patient consent, which must be completed before your treatment appointment.
These documents are provided so that you understand what to expect throughout each stage of the laser treatment journey.
It is important that you read the document and refer to the information at the appropriate stages of your treatment.
Contained in the Document are the instructions for:
- Preparation For Your Laser Treatment
- What to Expect on the Day of Your Laser Treatment?
- Your Post Care Instructions After Your Laser Treatment.
Preparation For Your BBL Treatment
- It is imperative that you avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment. This is a must, and no exceptions will be made.
- Avoid applying self-tanner for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid aspirin and Ibuprofen for one week prior to your treatment. Inform your practitioner if you are taking blood thinners or regularly take aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Do not apply your own numbing cream to the area prior to treatment.
- Avoid alcohol for 2 days prior to treatment.
- Inform the practitioner if you have taken Accutane (oral acne medication) in the past year.
- Store ice in a tray or ice packs in your freezer at home for use after your procedure.
- Complete your online treatment consent form using the link, prior to your treatment.
- Advise your Practitioner if you have trouble accessing and completing this.
- Do not wear heavy, hard-to-remove make-up to your treatment session.
- Don’t wear clothing restricting access to the treatment area like turtlenecks, high collars, for treating face and neck.
What To Expect on The Day of Your Treatment?
Prior to your appointment session, you would have completed your online BBL consent and agreed that all your questions have been answered. Your practitioner cannot proceed until this is complete. Please advise your practitioner before your treatment session if any circumstances agreed in your consent document have changed.
Although we do ask that you do not present with heavy, hard to remove make up, light makeup and or sunscreen is fine. On your arrival, we will thoroughly clean your skin in the treatment area.
After a light cleanse, we take clinical diagnostic photographs to assess your skin condition, customise treatment protocols and record your rejuvenation journey.
Your practitioner will discuss the outcomes from different treatment levels and check this against your personal comfort and tolerance levels.
You will be given special goggles or eye pads to protect your eyes during treatment.
Your Saphira BBL Specialist will then gently roll the BBL Handpiece over the treatment area on your face, neck, or other designated treatment areas using the appropriate energy level.
The feeling is not painful with most clients tolerating the feeling of a gently warming over the treated area. Your practitioner will adjust the settings to suit your tolerance.
After the laser has accomplished its mission, your Saphira BBL Specialist will apply the Obagi Soothing Broad-Spectrum SPF. Which is specifically designed to sooth and protect the newly treated skin.
The whole procedure takes about 30 mins to 1 hour.
Post Care Instructions After BBL Treatment
1: CLEANSING: OBAGI GENTLE CLEANSER
Cleanse the skin two times a day with plain, lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser, beginning the morning after treatment. Use your hands and gentle patting motions. DO NOT rub, scrub, use an exfoliant or skin care brush on the treated area.
Use soft cloth and soft towels to avoid any scrubbing
Avoid strenuous exercise and sweating for at least 24 hours, use gentle patting to wipe sweat off of treated skin
2: MOISTURIZER: OBAGI HYDRATE
Moisturiser should be applied generously with clean hands over treated area and reapplied whenever your skin feels dry. DO NOT apply any other products that are not prescribed in the instructions like masks, coconut oil, essential Oils.
Please don’t contact your practitioner asking about the use of non-prescribed products. The selected Obagi products are carefully selected and are formulated for use on BBL treated skin.
Make-up can be worn 24 hours after your treatment
SUNSCREEN: OBAGI SOOTHING COMPLEX BROARD-SPECTRUM SPF
Sunscreen is a MUST and should be used daily beginning the day of your treatment and used consistently between treatments.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat or protective clothing over the treatment over the months that you are in treatment to avoid exposing and re-pigmenting the treated area.
Although post treatment discomfort is rare after BBL treatments, in the 24 hours after the treatment an over-the counter oral pain reliever, like Panadol or ibuprofen can be used for mild discomfort.
If you experience skin flaking, avoid scratching and picking at skin as scarring and pigmentation complications can occur.
Although swelling is rare immediately post-treatment, if this does occur it is recommended that you contact your practitioner if you experience excessive swelling or any of the following signs of infection.
Your skin may be temperature sensitive for several days after treatment.
Brown spots and freckles will appear darker while healing. These are easily covered with makeup.
It will take 4-6 weeks to see the full result and 3 or more treatments are recommended to achieve an optimum result.
The sessions are designed to provide no downtime however, occasionally you may find that your cheeks and under eye areas are slightly puffy after treatment. You may use cold compresses (5 minutes on and 10 minutes off) several times an hour to help ease both redness and swelling.
Sleeping with your head elevated for the first night will also help decrease any swelling you may experience.
Blistering and crusting are rare; Contact your practitioner if this occurs and you will be advised on what ointment or cream to apply.