Treatment is usually painless, or with slight discomfort. Immediately after the treatment you may experience any of the following:
• Inflammation, this is normal and is part of the healing process.
• Itching may occur, usually within a few minutes of treatment. It usually lasts only a few minutes but may last up to ½ an hour. It is due to release of histamine, and is totally normal in treatment of this kind
• Once cells are destroyed, the area will darken and likely scab before being replaced with new fresh, pink cells.
Blisters may form with any treatment to the skin and can happen to anyone and is regarded as a normal occurrence
• Do not pop the blister - it will go down on its own.
• Should it burst, use an alcohol-free wipe to clean the area, and apply a smear of antiseptic cream. It may also be covered with a dressing/plaster.
• Do not scratch or pick the treated area - this will cause the area to take longer to heal and may cause damage to the skin.
• Do not use scrubs on the area, as this will damage the surface of the skin.
• You may continue to wash, bathe and shower as normal. Pat the area dry afterwards, do not rub dry. You may continue to use cosmetics and deodorants and perfume as normal.
• It is important that you use sun block (factor 50) following treatment of any pigmented lesions to prevent them re-pigmenting.
GENERAL HEALING EXPECTATIONS
• Most healing is straight forward and occurs without problem. Healing will take place in 4 to 6 weeks, however it may sometimes take longer than this, as all skin varies, and can take longer to regenerate
• Any treatments that take longer than 6 weeks to heal may need to be reviewed by your GP or clinic nurse.
• If your immune system is compromised, you may still have treatment, BUT healing may take longer, and you may require further treatment.
• If the area treated is tanned, the treatment will remove the tanning and the skin will need to repigment to the tanned colour. The small dry crusting that forms should come away after 4 weeks, if not please wait until it has done so before contacting the clinic.
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
• Headaches are not uncommon when freezing on the forehead, scalp and temples and can last for 2 hours. • Pigment changes. Both hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) and hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Both generally last a few months, but can be longer lasting.
• Nerve damage. Though rare, damage to nerves is possible, particularly in areas where they lie closer to the surface of the skin, such as the fingers, the wrist, and the area behind the ears. Reports suggest this will disappear within several months.
• Treatments on sites with coarse terminal hair. Hair follicles are easily damaged by Cryosurgery and permanent alopecia is not uncommon
Post advanced electrolysis treatment, the skin will be prone to infection due to the heat and tissue destruction, to avoid infection the area should be kept clean, dry and you must refrain from touching the area. You must follow the following aftercare;
RISKS & REACTIONS: