Is the use of bleaching cream for only one week prior to Pearl Fractional facial treatment sufficient for an excellent outcome?
I am having facial Pearl fractional laser treatment in one week. My doctor today indicated I am to use a beaching cream prior to the procedure. I have read that the cream should be used 4-6 weeks prior to the procedure. Will one week of use this morning and night be sufficient? Should I reschedule my treatment? I am of Italian decent with olive light/medium complexion (actually fairly light, not quite medium). I have never had any cosmetic work done and I want to be sure this is planned correctly to mitigate issues such as pigmentation. I have great skin now. I am doing this as maintenance.
In general in my practice, I prepare the skin for fractional CO2 laser with OBAJI skin care for at least 6 weeks. I may also do one or two light peels.
Prior to the Laser the patient is put on anti viral medications starting about 3 days before and continuing till all the healing has occurred. Patients are put on antibiotics till completely healed.
Post Laser healing patients are instructed to use a bleaching agent, sun block, moisturizer then light make up. They are seen twice during the first week, then on a weekly basis. Avoid tanning salons and direct sun bathing.