CO2 Pre and Post Instructions
We are excited that you have decided to move forward with the gold standard of skin rejuvenation…The CO2 Treatment.
We hope that you will find this post useful to help prepare you for the treatment.
Prior to your treatment day you will want to grab a few things at the grocery store. Some of the items are available at DCCM and can pick up on the day of treatment.
Grocery list prior to the treatment
If you are not going to be purchasing the Alastin Nectar from DCCM your second best option will be a tube of Aquaphor.
Available at DCCM
ZO gentle Cleanser
ZO Sun Screen
Please arrive on the day of your appointment with a clean face; free of any lotions and or makeup even eye makeup. We recommend showing up about 10 minutes prior to your appointment time so that you can fill out your necessary treatment consents and for us to review your medical history.
After consents are signed a member of the team will take your pictures to document the skin’s health and appearance pre-treatment. Once the pictures are completed a numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area and you will wait for the numbing to take effect. This process can be about 45 minutes. A member of our team will then wash the treated area while removing the numbing cream. Once you are prepped and ready; Tara will then begin your treatment which will take about 20 to 30 minutes.
After your treatment, a staff member will apply a thin barrier ointment onto the skin. You will go home with that in place and continue applying your Alastin Nectar or the Aquaphor in order to keep the skin with a thin layer of ointment on it at all times. Change your pillowcase every night or lay a fresh clean white towel over the pillow each night to sleep.
The following morning you will create a mixture of white vinegar and warm water. You will soak a paper towel in your solution and allow it to sit on the skin for 5 minutes. This is a natural antibacterial and it will also help to cut the grease from the ointment you have been keeping on your skin. After your vinegar soak, you will GENTLY wash your face with a very mild cleanser ( we recommend ZO gentle cleanser). Do not rub or pick, you only want to very gently pat your skin. It is best to just use the tips of your fingers and avoid a facecloth or face brush to wash until the skin is healed. Be sure the skin is thoroughly rinsed and then apply your ointment again and keep reapplying al day.
At bedtime repeat your vinegar soak process.
Your skin will be hot for the first 4 hours after the treatment, then it will become red, dry, and look like you have little grids all over it. You may even notice it gets dry and cracks and oozes a bit. All of these changes are normal. Do not pick or peel your skin. Once you are ready to be back outside; you must wear sunscreen and a hat. You can cause serious damage to the skin if you expose it to the sun post-treatment.
You will be dry and red for up to 7 days, your skin will remain pink and slightly tender for up to 3 more weeks. Makeup can be worn once the skin’s texture is even again and all of the scabs and flaking are gone. This usually occurs by days 3-5. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call the practice and a member of our team can help guide your care.
For 21 days avoid
Sweating, exercise, and vigorous activities that cause sweating; and,
Tanning beds all together;
Powered cleansing brushes;
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids;
Retinol (Vitamin A);
Vitamin C (low-pH formula) scrubs; and,
Anything perceived as “active” skincare.
We want to thank you for choosing the team here at DCCM. As always, please call us with any questions or concerns that may arise. We are here for you and want you to feel confident in the process just as much as in your skin!
Our number is (603)-783-1087.
Between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM, you may call the office number. However, if you feel you have a pressing question that can not wait until normal business hours; please text (603)-783-1087 so we can assist you. We hope you enjoy your results and look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.