Dr Sunaina Hameed's
Family Dermatalogy, Asthetic Lasers, Anti-Ageing Medicine & Plastic Surgery.
  • PATIENT INSTRUCTION FOR BOTOX INJECTIONS
    Before Botox

    For a week prior to your treatment, stop oral intake of Vitamin E, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, Fish Oils etc. These herbs and medications have a blood-thinning effect, which increase your risk of bruising after the treatment.

    Certain medications like Aspirin, Clopidogrel, Ibuprofen, Warfarin, Coumadin etc. also have a blood thinning effect. Consult your physician/cardiologist to check if it is safe to get off the medications for 10 days or so. If you need a painkiller, use Paracetamol.

    Be honest and transparent with your doctor about medical history, obstetric history (whether pregnant or nursing), regarding allergies and medication history.

    Do not schedule any important activities for at least 3 days after the procedure.

    The results are not instantaneous. You will begin to appreciate results in 7 days, and the peak effect will only be noted after 14 days.

    after botox

    If you have had Botox injections done to your upper face (forehead or frown in particular), remain upright for about 4 hours post treatment.

    No exercise, running, jogging or sports for 24 hours. You can resume other normal activities immediately after the treatment.

    For one hour after the treatment, contract the muscles that were injected by frowning, smiling or raising your eyebrows.

    Do not rub the injected areas for a day. No facials, steam or sauna for 3 days.

    If you see a bruise starting to develop, apply cold compresses for a day. Discuss the use of bruise-fading creams or pills with your dermatologist.

  • PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR DERMAL FILLERS
    Before Filler Injections

    For a week prior to your treatment, stop oral intake of Vitamin E, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, Fish Oils, garlic pills etc. These herbs and medications have a blood-thinning effect, which increase your risk of bruising after the treatment.

    Certain medications like Aspirin, Clopidogrel, Ibuprofen, Warfarin etc., also have a blood thinning effect. Consult your physician/cardiologist to check if it is safe to get off the medications for 10 days or so. If you need a painkiller, use Paracetamol.

    Do no schedule any important event or social activities for at least a week after the procedure. Despite best efforts and correct treatment techniques, you could still have a bruise. A bruise may take 3-10 days to disappear completely. Discuss the use of bruise-fading creams or pills with your dermatologist.

    Inform your doctor if you have a history of cold sores. You may need to start anti-viral medication 24 hours before the treatment.

    After Dermal Fillers

    Expect some swelling for a day. Swelling may last up to 3 days when the lip and under eye area are injected.

    Use cold compresses to reduce the swelling. Do intermittent cold compresses for a day, if you see a bruise beginning to develop.

    If you have received a dental block, your lips may be numb for an hour. Stay away from hot fluids during that time.

    Avoid sucking (on a straw or a cigarette) and minimize chewing and talking for a day, to allow the filler to settle in.

    No facials for a week after the treatment.

    If you observe any areas of lumpiness or asymmetry, you can massage the lumpiness away. Begin early. Better yet, review with your dermatologist who can massage away the lump.

  • PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR LASER HAIR REDUCTION PROCEDURE
    Before the procedure

    Do not shave, pluck, thread, epilate or wax the area to be treated. Your dermatologists needs you to leave your hair roots intact, to obtain best results.

    If you do need to remove hair in between treatments, use a razor or a depilatory cream like Veet. But let your hair grow out a little before your treatment, so your doctor can note down and mark the areas that need to be treated.

    You can bleach your hair. However, you won't be able to do a laser treatment for about 2 weeks after the bleaching treatment, as the bleach tends to seep down to the hair roots and may need some time to fade off.

    Be honest and transparent with your doctor regarding your medical history, obstetric history (whether pregnant or nursing), regarding allergies and medication history.

    Lasers cannot be done during pregnancy and nursing.

    Inform your doctors if you have eczema, are taking photosensitizing medications (Psoralens, Tetracyclines or Isotretinoin), if you suffer from sunlight allergies or any ailment that is aggravated by light or radiation.

    If you have a history of cold sores, you may need to start anti-viral medication a day before your procedure.

    If you are severely tanned or suffered recent sunburn, your dermatologist will treat the tan first before starting laser treatments.

    after procedure

    Avoid the sun for 73 hours post treatment, and make sure to use a sunscreen.

    For laser treatment on the face, underarms or bikini area, your dermatologist will prescribe the use of an antibiotic cream for 3-5 days post treatment.

    If there is redness or swelling, apply a cold compress to the area and contact your dermatologist at the earliest for further instruction.

    Keep your appointment schedules for subsequent treatments in order to enjoy the best results.

  • PATIENT INSTRCUTIONS FOR CHEMICAL PEELS
    Before the treatment

    Chemical peels are not facials. This is a medical treatment, which requires proper skin preparation for 4-6 weeks before you can begin the treatment.

    Your dermatologist will put you on skin care to lighten sun tan and gently exfoliate your skin for a month before the chemical peel. Follow the prescribed treatment correctly. Do not combine the dermatologist's treatment with salon procedures or home remedies. If you have not followed the prescription correctly, please be honest and transparent to your doctor about the same.

    Certain skin care creams and medicated creams may have to be discontinued 3 days before and after the chemical peel. Consult your dermatologist for correct advice in this regard.

    Chemical peels are not safe if you are on Oral Isotretinoin for your acne.

    Certain chemical peels are not safe during pregnancy.

    If you are combining chemical peels with other treatments like laser hair removal or botox, then a 2 week gap between treatments is recommended.

    If you have a history of cold sores (Lip Herpes), then you must start anti-viral medication one day prior to the treatment.

    Inform your doctor if you are allergic to Aspirin.

    Inform your dermatologist about pre-existing skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, vitiligo etc.

    after treatment

    Avoid the sun for the next 3-5 days. Use a sunscreen religiously.

    Keep your skin well hydrated at all times. Use a moisturizer every day. You can expect some dryness and peeling for a few days after the peel. In case of excessive dryness, you can use your dermatologist-prescribed moisturizer 4-5 times a day. In case of scabbing, consult your dermatologist at the earliest.

    Avoid scrubs or harsh cleansers for the next 3-4 days. Do NOT pick at your skin.

    Certain skin care creams and medicated creams cannot be used for 3-5 days before and after a peel. Consult your dermatologist for correct advice in this regard.

    Do not use any bleach, lemon juice, home remedies, dettol or savlon on your face after doing a chemical peel.

    No swimming for 3 days.

    Do not do any threading or waxing on the treated areas for at least 5 days.

    Do not expect actual peeling to occur. This does not happen in all cases. Even so, please know that you are experiencing all the benefits of the chemical peel.

  • PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR FRACTIONAL RESURFACING LASERS AND DERMAROLLER
    Before the treatment

    Fractional Resurfacing lasers and Dermarollers require adequate skin preparation with a sunscreen and retinol/glycolic acid/hydroquinone based cream. This process takes 4-8 weeks depending on the condition of your skin. Poor skin preparation can result in poor results and complications after the treatment.

    Please be honest and transparent with your dermatologist regarding your medical and obstetric history (pregnant or nursing), medication history and drug allergies.

    Inform your dermatologist if you have any keloids or unusual scars on your body.

    If you have a history of cold sores, then you must start anti-viral medication at least a day before your treatment.

    Certain skin care creams and medicated creams may have to be discontinued 3 days before and after the treatment. Consult your dermatologist for correct advice in this regard.

    after treatment

    Your skin will look red and feel hot for a day after the treatment. Use cold compresses intermittently. But do not overdo it, since the heat and inflammation are necessary to trigger wound healing response.

    The dotted grid-like appearance of your skin is normal and to be expected after the laser treatment. Do NOT pick at your skin.

    Stay away from the sun for a week. If you cannot do that, use a sunscreen religiously. However a sunscreen might irritate your skin, so complete sun avoidance is always preferable.

    Keep your skin moist for the next 5-7 days. Use a dermatologist recommended skin-repairing moisturizer 3-4 times a day. Good lubrication allows the re-growing collagen to glide easily over each other, rather than over-curling and scarring. Use a dermatologist recommended skin cleanser. Use only cold water to wash your face for the next few days.

    Follow your dermatologist's post-treatment prescription is a disciplined manner. This is vital to obtaining best results without complications.

    Rarely, you may notice new pimples or tiny little white bumps under your skin after the laser treatment. Review with your dermatologist to have them treated.

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