How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This also is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks/benefits and outcomes of the procedure.
What to expect after the procedure
Redness, swelling and the formation of a blister can be expected at the treatment site. An over-the-counter pain reliever can often be used to control minor pain. The site should be cleansed three or four times daily while fluid continues to ooze from the wound, usually for five to 14 days until a dry crust forms. The crust will eventually fall off. Healing time for head and neck procedures is four to six weeks. Longer healing times typically are seen for procedures performed on other parts of the body.