Home Care Instructions for Blue Light Treatment

Before Treatment:

  • Avoid tanning/sunburns for at least 3-4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Fill spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator. Also, wet a couple of wash cloths and freeze them. It will feel great to spray and cool your face after treatment.
  • Bring a large brimmed hat or we can provide you with one to use going home after treatment for face and scalp.  If you are doing arms, bring a long sleeved shirt to wear home.
  • We want you to be comfortable, layering clothing is recommended as the waiting room can be cool.  Your wait time will be approximately 1 hour 15 min for face and scalp, 2 hours 15 min for chest, 3 hours 15 min for arms.  Please bring a snack, reading material or anything else you may require for your comfort.
  • If you have a history of recurrent cold sores (herpes simplex), let the nurse know before your appointment and you will be given a prescription for Valtrex to be taken: 1 the day before treatment, 1 the day of treatment, and 1 the day after treatment.

Day of Treatment:

  • Your skin will be cleaned, and then wiped with acetone.
  • The medication, Levulan, will be applied and left on for the appropriate amount of time.
  • You will be placed under the Blue Light for approximately 16 minutes.
  • Remain indoors as much as possible over the next 48 hours.
  • You may shower and gently cleanse the treated area.
  • Keep skin cool and moist
    • Spray mist of cooled water.
    • Cold compresses, i.e. frozen wash clothes, ice packs wrapped with cloth or paper towel, or package of frozen peas works great.
    • Apply refrigerated Aloe Vera gel.
  • Sleep with head elevated for first 48 hours if you had face or scalp treated.
  • Use hydrocortisone ointment 2 times a day if you have a lot of redness or swelling.  It is available over the counter at any drug store.
  • Use emollients such as: Aquaphor, Cetaphil, or CeraVe to keep skin moist 2 times a day.
  •  Take analgesics such as Tylenol or Advil if you are having discomfort.
  • You can take 25 mg of Benadryl before bedtime to help you sleep or if you have a lot of itching

Day 2-3:

  • By now you may be red; similar to a sunburn.
  • The heat will drop out of the treated area during this time.
  • You may experience swelling around the eyes and lips – if so, apply ice packs wrapped in paper towels or bag of frozen peas to reduce swelling for 15 min per hour.
  • Continue taking analgesics as needed and apply emollients or hydrocortisone ointment to the skin. You may apply more than 2 times per day if skin is feeling tight.
  • Continue to avoid sunlight/UV light, remain indoors during the daytime for 48 hours after treatment.
  • If you need to go out, wear a hat or protective clothing, use a SPF 30 sunscreen with zinc oxide.
  • Mineral based makeup may be used.
  • Avoid shaving the treated areas while skin is still irritated.

Day 4-7:

  • Many Patients start peeling on day 3 or 4.
  • Continue to use emollients 2-3 times a day for peeling.
  • During this healing period, it is very important to protect your new skin with sunscreen.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 480-821-8888.
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