After your treatment you must have strict sun avoidance for two days and avoid prolonged sun exposure for at least three to four weeks after treatment. You can be sensitive to sunlight for up to four weeks after treatment. You must avoid prolonged sun exposure during this time.
If you are having your face or scalp treated, be sure to bring a large hat or something to block the sun on your trip home following your treatment. If you are having your hand/arms treated bring a long sleeve shirt or jacket and gloves. Do not bring a straw hat or any hat with holes that light can get through.
Have white vinegar available which can help reduce any stinging sensation (similar to sunburn) you may experience post- treatment.
Have Cetaphil Gentile Cleanser and Cream or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and Cream to wash and moisturize area during the healing process.
If you have a history of recurring cold sores (herpes simplex type 1), beginning the day before your treatment start oral Valtrex 500mg tablets, two tablets per day for three days.
Have a sunblock (at least SPF 30) with Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (5-10%) to use after treatment. (We recommend Cetaphil SPF 50, Blue Lizard SPF 30, EltaMD UV Daily SPF 50, or Vanicream SPF 60).
DAY OF TREATMENT
Have Zyrtec 10mg or Allegra 180mg (both available over the counter). This will help reduce swelling and itching.
If treating your face or scalp, bring the following three items: a large hat or cap, a scarf or towel, AND an umbrella to your appointment. You cannot use a straw hat or any hat that sunlight can get through. If treating your arms, bring long sleeves and gloves. If you do not bring these items, we will not be able to perform your procedure. This is for your protection.
When you arrive, the area to be treated will be thoroughly cleaned and prepped for Levulan application.
The Levulan will be applied and left on until the agreed upon time for the light treatment. This is a good time to take an analgesic such as Advil or Tylenol.
Once the light treatment is finished you may appear pink or red. You will feel dry for a few days so apply moisturizer as often as you like.
Keep a spray bottle filled with water in the refrigerator to use to cool the treated area as needed.
If the treated area stings, add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of cold water and soak the affected area for 20 minutes. You may apply frozen vegetable packages or ice packs over the soak for additional comfort. Repeat if necessary every 4 hours. Be sure to cleanse the area and reapply moisturizer after cleansing.
You should be red and look a little like a tomato.
You may be swollen especially around the eyes and lips. Spraying cold water and using a circulating fan feels great. Packaged frozen peas or corn over wet wash cloths can be used if necessary to reduce swelling and improve comfort.