The following instructions provide helpful information and guide you through your recovery.  These instructions are designed to be general guidelines as a patient’s recovery process can vary by individual. 

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Neurotoxins:  Botox / Dysport

Neurotoxin Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 3-7 days before your treatment, avoid using aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E supplements, and other medications that may thin the blood and can increase bruising. See the complete list of medications to avoid:  medications to avoid
  • For Bellafill, 4 weeks prior to treatment, a skin allergy test should be performed to rule out allergy to the collagen component of Bellafill. 

Neurotoxin Day-of-Procedure Instructions

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Neurotoxin Post-Treatment Instructions

  • Tiny bumps or marks as a result of treatment will dissipate within a few hours after your treatment.
  • 1-2 hours after treatment, exercise the muscles in the area you were treated (e.g., practice frowning, raise your eyebrows, squint, etc.). This helps the product to work into your muscles for maximum benefit.
  • 4 hours after treatment, remain in a vertical position.
  • 1-2 Days after treatment, avoid alcohol, exercise, ibuprofen, or pressure on the face.
  • You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol if you experience any mild tenderness/discomfort or headache.
  • It is normal to experience swelling, redness, bruising, and/or asymmetry after treatment. These may persist for several days following your injections.
  • You may begin to notice results as soon as 3-7 days post treatment, however please allow 2 weeks for results to fully develop.

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Dermal Fillers / Volumizers

Filler/Volumizer Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 3-7 days before your treatment, avoid using aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E supplements, and other medications that may thin the blood and can increase bruising. See the complete list of medications to avoid:  medications to avoid
  • For Bellafill, 4 weeks prior to treatment, a skin allergy test should be performed to rule out allergy to the collagen component of Bellafill. 

Filler/Volumizer Day-of-Procedure Instructions

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Filler/Volumizer Post-Treatment Instructions

  • Cold compresses and/or Arnica gel may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling and/or bruising.
  • 12-24 Hours after treatment, avoid applying makeup.
  • 1-2 Days after treatment, avoid alcohol, exercise, ibuprofen, or pressure on the face.
  • 2 Days after treatment, avoid using a straw if lips were treated.
  • 5 Days after treatment, try to sleep on your back to avoide possible manipulation to the treated area.
  • It is normal to experience swelling, redness, bruising, and/or asymmetry after treatment. These may persist for several days following your injections.
  • Allow 2 weeks for full results and for swelling to resolve. You will not know your treatment outcome until that time. 
  • Contact the office immediately if you experience any increasing intensity in pain, redness, warmth, blanching, dusky color of the skin color, numbness, or skin breakdown.

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AcuPulse CO2 Laser 

AcuPulse Pre-Treatment Requirements
  • 3 weeks before your treatment, please avoid sun exposure. Use sunblock (SPF 30+) when outside.
  • 7 days before your procedure, stop taking Aspirin or other pain medication such as Morin, Celebrex, Aleve, and Ibuprofen.  You may take Tylenol (acetaminophen for discomfort).
  • 2 days prior to your procedure, start taking Acyclovir/Valtrex if prescribed and continue as directed.
AcuPulse Day-of-Procedure Instructions
  • Do not wear makeup, lotions, hair sprays, or gels.
  • 90 minutes prior to your appointment, apply topical numbing cream.
AcuPulse Post-Treatment Instructions
  • Avoid unneeded contact of treatment area. If absolutely necessary to touch treated area, be sure to wash your hands.
  • Sunblock is extremely important after this treatment, wear SPF 30 or higher. Minimize sun exposure wear wide brimmed hat if going outside.
  • Multiple times a day, apply healing ointment to prevent skin from drying.
  • The day after you treatment, gently wash your face once to twice a day with lukewarm water and mild soap.
  • For the first 2 days, a cold compresses at least 2-3 times every 2 hours can help with discomfort.
  • Swelling will continue to increase for the first 2-3 days. This is normal and expected.
  • For the first few nights, sleep on your back to avoide having repaired sking contact your pillow or sheets.
  • 1 week after treatment you may increase your activity level as tolerated.
  • For 1 week post treatment, refrain from applying ointments or makeup to treated areas.
  • Your skin will go through color chagnes during the healing process. Ranging intially from dark to light red immediately after the procedure then will lighten as healing progresses.

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Fraxel

Fraxel Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 6 Months before your treatment, discontinue Accutane. 
  • 3 Weeks before your treatment, please avoid sun exposure. You should not have an active sun tan or sun burn at the time of treatment.
  • 2 Weeks before your treatment, discontinue tanning lotions or spray tans.
  • 10 Days before your treatment, discontinue usage of any antibiotics. Some antibiotics cause photosensitivity.
  • 7 Days before your treatment, please avoid Retin A and Retinol use.
  • Let your Provider know if you have a history of cold sores. An antiviral may be prescribed.
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

Fraxel Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • If treating your face, it’s preferred to have all facial makeup removed prior to your appointment.
  • 90 Minutes prior to your appointment, please apply the numbing cream per the instructions you received.

Immediately After treatment:  Use a bland moisturizer (i.e. Cetaphil cream) or a very thin layer of petrolatum ointment (i.e. Aquaphor). Use petroleum ointment to cover any area oozing and keep moist. Use of ice packs helps alleviate the heat sensation. You may cleanse your face with a mild cleanser. All of your skin care products should be non-irritating and non-clogging for the first week or so after a Fraxel treatment. Examples of brands that offer very gentle and inexpensive products that are ideal to use: Aveeno, Dove, Neutrogena, and Cetaphil.

  • Moisturizer - Remember that peeling and/or flaking is normal during the healing process. Therefore, the moisturizer you use should be non-irritating and non-clogging, or else you could develop breakouts. Reapply whenever your skin feels dry.
  • Activity - You may return to normal activities immediately after your treatment. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activities for approximately 24hrs. Strenuous activities can lead to more swelling and bruising. 
  • Mild to intense burning sensation will resolve within 2-3 hours following treatment. Cold water and ice can be used to alleviate this uncomfortable sensation.
  • To help reduce inflammation and or swelling, you can take antihistamines as well as keeping your head elevated at night. 
  • Breakouts post Fraxel can happen post treatment and typically present as "whiteheads." If there is a significant acne flare that is bothersome, please call the office so we can prescribe medication to speed up the healing process.
  • It is normal to experience a "sandpaper" like texture for up to 2 weeks following the treatment.
  • Avoid picking and or exfoliating within the first 2 weeks of treatment. 
  • Certain body areas can take longer to fully recover than the face.

First Few Days: Continue cleansing and moisturizing over the next few days. Once the sloughing starts, please allow your skin to heal and DO NOT scrub, rub or use exfoliants. Keep clothing away from treated body parts as much as possible to avoid irritation. 

First Week of Healing: Keep the treated area clean. Avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive exercise, perspiring, swimming, or exposing the skin to heat and sun. 

Normal Skin Care Regimen: Once the sloughing is complete, you may resume your routine skin care and make-up products, as long as they are tolerable to you. 

  • Sunscreen - It is very important that you use sunscreen to prevent sun damage to the skin. Sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. Once sloughing is complete, use sunscreen daily for at least 3 months after your last treatment. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and again, immediately before. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. If direct sun exposure is necessary, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area. Your practice of diligent sunscreen mau lower the risk of laser-related hyperpigmentation (darker color).
  • Scrubs, Toners, Glycolic Acid and Retin A. - Your skin will be sensitive for the first week or so after treatment. Do not use products that will cause irritation during this time. Do not use abrasive scrubs, toners or products that contain glycolic acids or Retin A. Read the product labels.

Abnormal Healing: If you notice any blisters, cuts, bruises, crusting/scabs, area of raw skin, ulcerations, active bleeding, increased discomfort or pain, pigment changes (lighter or darker than usual complexion or any other problems, please contact us as soon as possible. 

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 4 Weeks pror to your treatment, avoid other hair removal methods. This includes plucking, waxing, electrolysis, or anything other removal method that can disturb the hair follicle.
  • 2 weeks before your treatment, please avoid sun exposure, spray tans, and tanning lotions as all are considered active tans.
  • 5-7 Days before your treatment, discontinue usage of any antibiotics. 
  • 3-5 Days before your treatment, please avoid Retin A and Retinol use in treatment area.
  • 1 Day prior to your treatment, please shave the are to be treated.
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

Laser Hair Removal Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • If treating your face, it’s preferred to have all facial makeup removed prior to your appointment.

Laser Hair Removal Post-Treatment Instructions

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IPL

IPL Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 2 weeks before your treatment, please avoid sun exposure, spray tans, and tanning lotions as all are considered active tans.
  • 5-7 days before your treatment please avoid all blood thinners such as Aleve, Motrin and Ibuprofen, as well as fish oil and flaxseed supplements.
  • 5-7 Days before your treatment, discontinue usage of any antibiotics. 
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

IPL Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • If treating your face, it’s preferred to have all facial makeup removed prior to your appointment.

IPL Post-Procedure Instructions

  • A mild to moderate sunburn-like sensation is anticipated. This usually resolves within 24-48 hours after treatment but may persist up to 72 hours. Cold compresses may be useful for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid hot showers, baths, or saunas for 48 hours after treatment.
  • A gradual darkening of pigmentation will occur. Do not pick at or try to scrub the area away. This is part of the healing process and should start to slough off in 3 to 4 days.
  • Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanning creams to treated areas for 2-4 weeks post treatment.
  • Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun block of SPF 30 or greater.

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miraDry

miraDry Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 4 to 6 Days prior to procedure, shave both underarms; by the time you come in for your procedure, there will be a little bit of hair growth to identify the area to be treated.
  • 2 Days prior to procedure, do not wear any deodorant or antiperspirant.
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

miraDry Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • Wear loose clothing that leaves underarm area bare. E.g. tank top, sports bra, or camisole.
  • Plan for the procedure to last 75 to 90 minutes.
  • Discard of any open/used loofahs, soap bars and deodorants

miraDry Post-Procedure Instructions

  • Immediately after your treatment, ice the treated area using towel-wrapped ice packs.
  • Keep the treated area clean (wash with water and gentle liquid soap) and apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment (e.g. Neosporin) to prevent infection.
  • Increase fluid intake to 6-8 glasses of water per day
  • Avoid shaving or applying antiperspirant/deodorant for a few days after the procedure. If deodorant / antiperspirant is still desired after the treatment, discard any partially used product and open a new product.  
  • Refrain from rigorous exercise and activity for 3-5 days following your treatment.
  • We recommend wearing loose fitting tops to avoid underarm irritation for a few days after the procedure.
  • Following the procedure, you will likely experience: Swelling, Soreness & possible altered sensation in or around underarm.
  • Non-prescription inflammatory medication (e.g., Ibuprofen) can be used to reduce swelling. Continue as needed over the next few days.

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PRP with ACell for Hair Restoration

PRP Hair Restoration Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 2-3 Weeks prior to treatment, avoid corticosteroid medications.
  • 2 Weeks prior to treatment, avoid smoking. Smoking may impact healing and oxygen delivery to the scalp; therefore, your results may be improved the longer you are able to stop smoking before and after treatment.
  • 1 Week prior to treatment, avoid taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen or arthritis medications such as Celebrex. You may use Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed prior to the treatment.
  • You may color your hair up to 3 days prior to treatment.
  • 1 Day prior to treatment, avoid alcohol.
  • 1 Day prior to treatment, increase fluid intake to ensure you are hydrated for the blood draw.
  • Prescription medications (including heart and blood pressure medication) should be taken as prescribed right up to, and including the day of and the day after your treatments.

PRP Hair Restoration Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • Wash your hair thoroughly in the morning.  Do not use sprays, gels or any other styling products to your hair. If you wear a hair system, please remove it prior to shampooing and do not wear it before your PRP treatment.
  • Eat a small snack or meal before your treatment.

PRP Hair Restoration Post-Procedure Instructions

  • Following treatment you may experience some swelling, bruing, and/or tenderness.
  • 1-2 Days after your treatment, you may shower and wash hair using a mild shampoo. 
  • Until the treated area is fully healed, avoid hot tubs, rivers, lakes etc. to reduce risk of infection. 
  • Avoid hair coloring or chemical treatments to the hair util no signs of irritation from treatm
  • Avoid smoking for 2 weeks after treatment. Smoking may impact healing and oxygen delivery to the scalp; therefore, your results may be improved the longer you are able to stop smoking before and after treatment.

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RF Microneedling

RF Microneedling Post-Procedure Instructions

  • No exercise, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, or anything that exposes you to heat for at least 48 hours.
  • It is highly recommended to hydrate very well with water for 3 days post treatment.
  • Refrain from applying anything to the skin after the treatment for 24 hours. This will help minimize purging/breakouts post procedure. If you must, use clean hands to apply gentle cleanser, moisturizer and SPF. This will help to alleviate some discomfort and soothe the skin. The day after your treatment use gentle products (Cerave or Cetaphil is recommended). Proper moisture applications will help relieve dry/tight sensation post treatment.
  • Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for 48 hours after treatment. After 24 hours you can apply a mineral based sunblock with an SPF of 30+. Reapply every 2 hours when out in the sun. Until the skin returns to normal, when outdoors use an umbrella, hat or other available protection against sunlight, even on cloudy days.
  • You may experience some short-term skin responses including but not limited to the following:
    • You will have a "sun-burn" sensation for typically up to 48-72 hours post treatment.
    • Redness and swelling may occur. This is a normal response and duration will depend on individual treatments but is typically 1-3 days. You may take a Benadryl or Zyrtec to help with swelling Cool packs, but not ice packs, can be applied if necessary to help relieve inflammation and provide comfort in the first 36 hours.
    • Dry or mild crusting might be noted along with itchy skin within the first few days after treatment. This can also give a tight sensation. Regular application of the provided products will reduce this sensation. You may also mix in Hydrocortisone to help with itching. If crusting occurs it usually begins 1-2 days after treatment and sloughs off in 3-5 days. In the area treated you can expect to see a grid like pattern for up to 2 weeks.
    • A "bronzed" appearance may also occur within the first few days after treatment. For some this may appear more pink-toned along with mild/discrete flaking. It is important to not pick.
    • The RF delivers heat deep in the skin which can result in a purge or breakout post treatment. This is normal and breakouts should resolve within 1-2 weeks. If the breakouts are more than a few, please reach out to us so we can evaluate if a prescription should be used to help during the purging process.
    • Days 1-5 post treatment, use an approved, gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Moisturize as needed or at least 1-2x that day. Make sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher, on top of your moisturizer. Do not use products with Active Ingredients.
  • Resume normal products once flaking/dryness has subsided or after 5-7 days.
  • Do not use Retin-A, Retinols, Tretinoin, for 7 days post procedure. If you are a Fitzpatrick V or VI( darker skin tone), please start your Hydroquinone after 48 hours.
  • Do not apply makeup the day of your treatment and try to avoid makeup for 48 hours post treatment. Please wash all makeup brushes prior to any makeup application.
  • You will want to schedule your next treatment in 4-6 weeks. We usually recommend 2-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart if you are doing a series. • You can start to see a difference in your skin at 1 week but full results will not be seen until 8-12 weeks post procedure.

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Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 2 weeks before your treatment, please avoid sun exposure, spray tans, and tanning lotions as all are considered active tans.
  • 5-7 days before your treatment please avoid all blood thinners such as Aleve, Motrin and Ibuprofen, as well as fish oil and flaxseed supplements.
  • 5-7 Days before your treatment, discontinue usage of any antibiotics. 
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

Tattoo Removal Day-of-Procedure Instructions

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Tattoo Removal Post-Procedure Instructions

  • Immediately after your treatment, apply ice for 5-minutes then off for 5-minutes. Alternate on/off for the remainder of the day, and continuting the next morning as needed.
  • When you arrive home, you may remove your bandage. At home or in clean work environments leave bandages off so the treated area can breath. You may cover the area again if it will be exposed to dirt. 
  • For the first 24 hours, apply Clear Aloe Vera gel to keep treated area moist.
  • After 24 hours switch from Clear Aloe Vera gel to Vaseline or Aquaphor to keep moist for up to 5 days. Once the area is healed (no longer red or raw) you may switch to a simple moisturizer and continue to moisturize until the area feels like normal skin again.  
  • For the first day plan on relaxing and taking it easy. Avoid exercising or activities that make you sweat.
  • Rest with the treated area elevated, especially at night. This is particularly important for treated areas on the lower legs, ankles or feet.  
  • It is common to have areas of pin-point bleeding after laser. This bleeding should stop in the first 12-24 hours.
  • Blistering may occur after laser treatments. Do not pop or disrupt them. If they open they may secrete a yellow or clear discharge. If you develop a large blister please contact our office. 
  • For the first day or two following treatment, you may feel a burning sensation for the first day or two after treatment. Use of cold compress can calm this sensation. You may also use ibuprofen or Tylenol to help with pain control.
  • The tattoo may appear unchanged, white, or brighter. The skin itself may turn red, pink, or even "frosted" immediately after treatment. This is normal.
  • 1 Day after your treatment, you may shower. Use lukewarm water, avoid hot steamy water and baths. Hot water will increase blood flow to area leading to more swelling and potential irritation. Wash the area with a gentle soap like Cetaphil or Neutrogena. Pat area dry with a clean towel.  Until the treated area is fully healed, avoid hot tubs, rivers, lakes etc. to reduce risk of infection.
  • Swelling occurs in most patients after this procedure but varies from person to person. Most of your swelling should resolve in the first five days. Using cold compress or icing immediately after procedure will help minimize the swelling. 
  • Your skin may flake for a couple weeks after treatment.
  • Avoid smoking for 4 weeks after your treatment.
  • For the first 8 weeks following treatment, avoid sun exposure. After 8 weeks you will need to wear sunblock on the area anytime you may be exposed to sunlight. Sunlight can permanently affect the skin's pigmentation, causing your skin to darken. It is recommended to wear SPF 30 or higher.  

Tattoo Removal Treatment Schedule

  • Do not get the tattoo treated again for at 6 weeks. 

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Thermage

Thermage Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • Electrical devices or metal implants are not permitted for treatment, please give us a call if this applies to you. 
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

Thermage Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • If treating your face or eyes, please have all facial makeup removed prior to your appointment.
  • For eye treatments only, please remove contact lenses before treatment.

Thermage Post-Procedure Instructions

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ThermiVa

ThermiVa Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • A negative pregnancy test may be required for women of childbearing age.
  • 1 Day prior to treatment, increased hydration. Drink an extra 4-6 glasses of water.
  • 1 Day prior to treatment, shave the external treatment area. (Wax or laser hair removal 5-7 days prior to treatment to avoid further irritation).

Thermage Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • Immediately before treatment, empty bladder.
  • Menstruating is not contraindicated. However, if you are in the middle of a heavy flow you will need to reschedule. 

ThermiVa Post-Treatment Instructions

  • If treated externally, skin may be slightly pink to red, swollen and warm to the touch approximately one-hour post procedure.
  • Possibility of mild cramping, which may occur immediately after your procedure.  Cramping will subside within 24-hours.
  • Light spotting may occur immediately after procedure.  Call our office if bleeding or cramping last longer then 24-hours. 
  • No restrictions on bathing, showering, swimming or hot tubs. If spotting or light bleeding please wait 24-hours before swimming or getting into a hot tub.
  • Normal activity (including sexual activity) may be resumed immediately after treatment
  • Continued water intake is recommended, this will help ensure optimal results 

ThermiVa Treatment Schedule

  • Space treatments approximately 2-3 weeks apart. 
  • For best results a series of 3 treatments is recommended with an annual maintenance treatment.

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Threadlift

Threadlift Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • 2 Weeks prior to treatment, avoid vitamin E, aspirin or aspirin-like products including Ibuprofen, Advil, Nuprin, Aleve, or Motrin. See the complete list of blood-thinning medications to avoid:  medications to avoid
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

Threadlift Day-of-Procedure Instructions

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Threadlift Post-Treatment Instructions

  • Swelling, bruising, and tightness of the treated areas are to be expected and may last for 2-3 weeks after your treatment. The swelling may be more on one side. There may also be some reddening and irregularities of the skin beneath the treated area.  These conditions will improve with time. 
  • Use a cold compress (crushed ice in a zip lock bag), gently placed over treated areas to minimize swelling and bruising.
  • Try to minimize movement of the treated sites.
  • Rest with your head elevated on 2 pillows. 
  • Diet must be limited to soft foods and limited chewing for the first week. Avoid hard foods and gum chewing for 2-3 weeks.
  • For 2 Weeks after your treatment, avoid vitamin E, aspirin or aspirin-like products including Ibuprofen, Advil, Nuprin, Aleve, or Motrin. See the complete list of blood-thinning medications to avoid:  medications to avoid
  • For 3 Weeks after your treatment, avoid rubbing the treated areas.
  • For 3 months after your treatment, avoid Radio-frequency MicroNeedling, Thermage, and some Ultherapy Treatments.

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Ultherapy

Ultherapy Pre-Treatment Requirements

  • No broken skin or lesions on treatment area. 
  • If you become pregnant or start breastfeeding, please give us a call.

Ultherapy Day-of-Procedure Instructions

  • 1 Hour prior to treatment, it’s recommended to take 800mg of Ibuprofen as for discomfort. (Permitting you do not have any allergies to Ibuprofen) 
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment so we can take your before treatment photos. 
  • If treating your face, it’s preferred to have all facial makeup removed prior to your appointment.

Ultherapy Post-Procedure Instructions

  • Coming soon.

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