Getting Ready for Pulsed Dye Laser Procedure with Topical Cream Anesthesia
- For treatment of a vascular birthmark on the trunk or extremities, please wear clothes that button-up and are loose fitting.
- For newborns and infant patients, please bring a bottle of juice or formula if not breast feeding.
- For children, bring toys or a favorite book or tape.
- For 14 days after the laser procedure, the site may be bruised and purple.
- If you have family photos or special events planned in the 2 weeks after your child’s laser procedure, do not schedule laser therapy for a site that can be seen.
- Your child’s procedure is done with local anesthesia. No lab work is needed.
- One week before treatment, try not using aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and naproxen). If the patient needs the medication, there can still be a treatment. This is a suggestion only.
- Swelling and blisters may form in the first few days.
- Many treatments (6-10) are needed for the best results.
- The results will improve for up to 2 months after laser treatment.
- Avoid direct trauma and sun exposure to treated areas. Use sun screen with SPF 30 or above daily and at all times.
- The patient may bathe, swim, and return to a normal routine right after the procedure.
- Tylenol® may be given for pain, but there is rarely much pain.
- You will need to keep the treated skin moist until the bruising has gone away.
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Last Updated: 03/11/2013
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