Pre and Post Care


Pre-Treatment Instructions:

  • For optimal results, and to minimize the chance of bleeding or bruising at the injection site, please avoid all blood-thinning medications and supplements for one week prior to your appointment. This includes over-the-counter medication such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, and Aleve. Also avoid herbal supplements such as garlic, vitamin E, gingkobiloba, St. John’s Wort,and omega 3/fish oil capsules. If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your medical provider prior to stopping use of aspirin or other prescribed blood thinning medications.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 12 hours before or after your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
  • Please consider if you have any upcoming events or pictures in the 2 weeks after your appointment as bruising can occur.
  • Please eat something prior to your appointment. Getting lightheadedis no fun for you or the provider.
  • For lip filler patients: Inform your provider if you have a history of cold sores around your mouth to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment. (Valtrex or acyclovir 500 mg, twice a day for 1-2 days before and 3 days after treatment)
  • For all filler patients: You must have no signs or symptoms of any active infection including colds, flu, UTIs or any other infective process.

Post-Treatment Instructions:

Botox Patients: No rubbing your face, putting your face in a face cradle for a massage, no exercise, and no hot saunas or baths for a minimum of 4 hours. Exercise may resume after 6-8 hours.

  • Remember! It takes 3-7 days for Botox to start to work and peak effect at day 14. Botox is expected to last 3-4 months but also know that after day 14 the medication is “wearing-off” so it is expected and normal that movement should begin to return around the 8 -10-week mark and then the next treatment is necessary around week 12-16.
  • Touch-ups are scheduled between days 12 and 21 post-treatment. Additional units may be necessary for ideal results. There will be no touch-ups beyond the 21-day mark. If you feel you have more movement than you would like after day 21, increasing the dose at your next appointment may be appropriate. This is not considered a block failure, just that you may require more. Please let your provider know at the next appointment and we will adjust accordingly.
  • Please know that not moving is not natural. Our goal is to block the motion that makesthe wrinkle, not to necessarily be frozen. And you won’t be frozen for an entire 3-4 months. This is not how Botoxworks.
  • Filler Clients: No rubbing your face, putting your face in a face cradle for a massage, no exercise, and no hot saunas or baths for aminimum of 3 days. Exercise may resume after 24 hours or when you feel your swelling is improved.
  • Avoid significant movement or massaging of the treated area unless instructed by provider (i.e.,Sculptra).
  • Lip patients please know that filler will feel lumpy and bumpy for weeks. This is normal. If after 4 weeks a lump is bothering you or is visible, we will schedule a time for you to come in for it to be assessed.
  • If you have swelling, you may apply a cool compress for 15 minutes each hour.
  • You may use Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) for discomfort.
  • Try to sleep face up and slightly elevated if you experience swelling.



Pre/Post Care Instructions:

After each treatment session with Sculptra Aesthetic there are a few easy things,you will need to help with the treatment results. You can print out this instruction sheet and keep it handy,so you remember to do these things every day:

  • Have an -ice pack ready: Within the first 24 hours of treatment, apply a cloth-wrapped ice pack to the treated area for a few minutes at a time. Never apply ice directly to the skin. The cold will help reduce swelling. Do ONLY when feeling returns and numbness is gone.
  • Give yourself -facial massages: Massage the treated area for 5 minutes 5 times a day for 5 days after treatment as recommended by your physician
  • Avoid -excess sunlight and UV exposure: Protecting your skin from the sun is always important, but after treatment, excessive sunlight and UV lamp exposure should be avoided until any initial swelling and redness go away. Your doctor will provide guidelines on sunscreen protection and how to avoid excessive sunlight.

Call your doctor if you have any questions or concerns after treatment. Also, report any side effects to your doctor. Be sure to keep any follow-up appointments that may be scheduled.Remember, Sculptra Aesthetic works by gradually replacing lost collagen. It provides improvements subtly without making it look like you’ve had work done.

Post-Sculptra Instructions:

  • DO massage the treated areas 5 times a day for about 5 minutes for 5 days after treatment.
  • DO hold ice packs on the treated areas gently for about 3-5 minutes a few times that day.
  • Keep the injection sites free of make up for 24 hours.
  • Treated areas may be red, swollen, and bruised for the first 2-7 days.
  • Avoid strenuous workouts and alcohol for 24 hours if possible.
  • If bruising occurs, contact the office to find out if there are services that may decrease your healing time.
  • Bruising can be covered with makeupafter 24 hours with clean hands or clean brushes.
  • A few days after treatment, you will look as you did before treatment. This is normal, over time, Sculptra will replace lost collagen.

Follow-Up Treatment:

  • Follow up treatments should be scheduled about every 6 weeks.
  • Visible results may not be seen until 3 sessions have been completed at about 3 months.
  • Results can last more than two years.



Pre Treatment:

  • Use your prescribed pre-treatment skincare regimen for 4-6 weeks prior to your appointment. We know medical-grade skincare preparation is critical to treatment safety and efficacy. Please understand that we may not be able to do your procedure without proper preparation for your own protection.
  • Avoid sun tanning, sun exposure of self-tanners for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
  • Discontinue topical retinols 7 days prior to your appointment.
  • Come to your appointment with no makeup on your face. We think you’re beautiful without it and we will just have to wash it off anyway.Eye make-up is ok.
  • Inform your provider if you have a history of cold sores around your mouth to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment. (Valtrex or acyclovir 500 mg, twice a day for 1-2 days before and 3 days after treatment)

Post Treatment:

  • Please use ONLY the provided post-care for 7 days after your treatment
  • Avoid sun and overheating for 7-14 days after your treatment. Please be fastidious about using the provided SPF.
  • Skin may appear red and swollen and have a mild sunburn sensation. This isa normal reaction. It can last from a few hours to days after treatment. Applying a cold compress for the first 24 hours will help minimize swelling.
  • If feeling super dry, Aquaphor may be applied to dry areas.
  • Resume your usual skincare recommended by youraesthetician day 7 post-treatment. Retinol use may resume 7-10 days post-treatment.
  • Subsequent treatments may be scheduled once healing is complete or 2-4 weeks after last treatment.

Treatment Specific Notes:

  • Post-Peel can be very itchy. You may use 1% hydrocortisone cream to help with the itch and if you tolerate Benadryl (diphenhydramine), try 25mg of Benadryl every 8 hours. This may make you sleepier than usual. Peeling typically starts day 3 or 4 and lasts a couple days. Avoid picking!! Do not pull offthe flaking skin. Let it fall off. Additionally, the amount of peeling does not reflect the efficacy of the peel.
  • Post Microneedling: Redness will resolve in 1-2 days. Light flaking is not uncommon on day 3-4 but does not always happen. Results of microneedling are not visualized for 4-6 weeks and multiple treatments will be necessary for ideal results.