· Avoid sun exposure, solarium and fake tan on the area 2-4 weeks before your treatment
· Avoid using any Retin-A based products 1 week prior
· Avoid taking Roaccutane 8 weeks prior
· Application of numbing cream 1¼ hour prior to treatment and cover the area with cling wrap to protect clothes and enhance effect.
· Avoid waxing, tweezing or electrolysis 4wks prior to treatment.
· Areas must be shaved 24 hours prior to treatment (shorter hair ensures the treatment is more comfortable for you and allows the laser energy to travel down to the follicle faster.)
· Avoid wearing deodorant and make up if the area is applicable to you
· Avoid AHA products 1-2 weeks prior to your treatment
Post Treatment Care:
· Avoid sun exposure, solarium on the area for 2-4 weeks after your treatment.
· We recommend wearing Australian 30+ SPF daily on area been treated, even for casual (routine) exposure to the sun.
· You can use Spray Tan 24 hours after the treatment
· Waxing, plucking is not recommended. However, you may shave, trim, use depilatory creams or clippers between treatments if needed.
· Exfoliate the area 3 days after your treatment 2-3 times a week to assist the process of the hair falling out, your hair can take up to 2 weeks to fall out; it may fall out up to the 14th day after the treatment.
· Until redness subsides avoid heat/sweat/exercise/deodorant/hot showers
· Re-apply ice packs and aloe vera gel until redness subsides
· Avoid products with AHA for 1-2 weeks after your treatment
What to expect after treatment:
Your skin can become red, itchy and even bumpy up to 24hours after the treatment, this is normal. Temporary pigmentation occasionally occurs, it is not permanent but superficial only, and will fade away within 6 weeks. Applying Vitamin E to the affected area will help and speed up the fading process.
EMLA cream helps to relieve discomfort by numbing the skin, It works by blocking nerves from transmitting discomfort impulses to the brain.
As your laser hair removal treatment progresses, you will need to be able to tolerate higher settings, which is necessary in order to achieve best results. We find that most of our clients can easily tolerate the treatment, however client’s individual pain threshold can vary.
If you find that Laser Hair Removal treatment is difficult to tolerate, DermaCare Laser Clinic recommends the use of EMLA CREAM – you will notice the difference, it DOES work!
DO NOT USE EMLA CREAM IF:
• You are allergic to any ingredient in EMLA Cream or to other similar medicines
• You have the blood disorder Methemoglobinemia.
BEFORE USING EMLA CREAM:
Some medical conditions may interact with EMLA Cream. Prior to purchasing your cream, please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following applies to you.
• You are planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding;
• You are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement;
• If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substance;
• If you have severe liver disease, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, or a perforated ear drum or
• If you have been ill.
• Antiarrhythmics (eg, Amiodarone, Dofetilide, Mexiletine, Tocainide), beta-blockers (eg. Propranolol), Cimetidine or other medicines containing Lidocaine or Prilocaine because the risk of side effects or toxic effects, including heart or nerve problems, may be increased.
• Acetaminophen, Acetanilid, Aaniline dyes (eg, P-phenylenediamine), Benzocaine, Chloroquine, Dapsone, Naphthalene, Nitrates (eg. Nitroglycerin, Isosorbide), Nitrites (eg. Sodium Nitrite), Nitrofurantoin, Nitroprusside, Pamaquine, Para-aminosalicylic acid, Phenacetin, Phenobarbital, Phenytoin, Primaquine, Quinine or Sulfonamides (eg. - Sulfamethoxazole) because the risk of side effects, including blood problems, may be increased.
• Succinylcholine because the risk of its side effects may be increased by EMLA Cream. This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your pharmacist if EMLA Cream may interact with other medicines that you take.
HOW TO USE EMLA CREAM:
• Wash and completely dry the area to be treated.
• EMLA Cream must be applied 1¼ hour before Laser Hair Removal treatment (minimum 50 mins).
• Apply a generous amount of cream to the area you wish treat (example: one tube for one average size male back, one tube should last up to 2-3 treatments)
• Do not rub EMLA Cream into the skin.
• Place glad wrap/cling wrap over the area.
• Put your clothing on top to hold it in place.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:
• EMLA Cream should only be used on normal, unbroken skin. Do not apply to damaged skin.
• Do not apply more than 1 ¾ hrs prior as it will start to wear off before you commence your treatment.
• Be careful not to injure the treated skin by scratching, rubbing, or coming into contact with extreme cold or heat.
• EMLA Cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control centre or emergency room right away.
• Avoid getting EMLA Cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get EMLA Cream in your eyes, rinse them with plenty of water.
• EMLA Cream should not be applied near the eyes.
• Wash your hands immediately after using EMLA Cream.
• Discard packaging in the trash, out of the reach of children and away from pets
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
• Like all medicines, EMLA Cream 5% can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Common side effects (that affect less than 1 in 10 people) are redness, slight swelling, or temporary paleness of the place where the cream was used;
• Uncommon side effects (that affect less than 1 in 100 people) are an initial mild burning or itching sensation or a tingling feeling that may occur where the cream is used;
• Rare side effects (that affect less than 1 in 1000 people) include allergic reactions, which may cause rashes and swelling. In severe cases, a combination of rash, breathlessness, low blood pressure and swelling may occur, in which case you should see a doctor immediately;
• Other rare side effects are small red dots (petechiae) at the application;
• Accidental eye exposure can cause irritation;
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed on this information page, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
EMLA – Topical Anaesthetic Cream
(No prescription required)
Please Note: we do not sell EMLA Cream at our Clinic; you may purchase this product from any Pharmacy. There are 2 tube sizes available: (cost can vary depending on a Pharmacy)
• 5g (1x application for Small Bikini area) – $18 – $25 approx
• 30g (3 x applications for Full Brazilian area) – $65 – $80 approx