Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. Let your doctor know if you have a history of cold sores or similar disorders. This is also the time for the doctor and patient to discuss appropriate treatment expectations, potential risks and benefits of the procedure. Prior to treatment, the patient should:
- Avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure.
- Avoid perfumes, deodorants and other potential irritants in treatment area.
- Avoid taking aspirin and other blood thinners prior to treatment.