• 4 weeks prior
    • It is imperative that you avoid any tan/burn, tanning beds or sunless tanner for 4 weeks prior to your treatment. This is a must and no exceptions will be made. The laser works by targeting darker pigment and cannot distinguish in the presence of a tan including sunless tanner leading to a burn and scarring.
    • No harsh medical treatments to the skin within 4 weeks before or after your treatment including chemical peels, microneedling, or any other laser treatments.
  • 2 weeks prior
    • It is imperative that you cover sun exposed skin with hat AND sunscreen 2 weeks prior. This is a must and no exceptions will be made.
    • Dermal fillers should be done at least 2 weeks before or after a laser treatment
  • 1 week prior
    • Stop retinol or harsh acids such as salicylic or glycolic 7 days prior to treatment
    • Botox should be done at least 1 week before or after a laser treatment
    • Call or text our office (804-256-5115) if you are prone to cold sores, and we will call you in a prescription to prevent an outbreak. We will not treat you without this.
  • Inform the provider if have taken Accutane (oral acne medication) in the past year
  • Inform your provider if you have been taking antibiotics in the last 2 weeks


  • If possible, arrive without creams or make-up on the treatment area. Otherwise please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment in order to clean the skin. Cleansing products are available for your convenience.


  • Expect your skin to appear pink (resembling mild sunburn) for a few hours after treatment
  • Avoid placing make-up on the treated area for at least 24 hours after the treatment, possibly longer per your provider’s instructions
  • Use mild cleansers and moisturizers
  • Avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen, alcohol, heavy exercise and activities which may cause flushing for 2 days after treatment
  • Avoid harsh topical products such as retinols and glycolic acid products until your skin is completely recovered from your treatment, this will vary based on the aggressiveness of your treatment.
  • Avoid direct sunlight on the treated area and use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater for 4 -6 weeks after your treatment