Penn Dermatology

After Cosmetic and Skin Enhancement Treatment

Penn Dermatology provides patients with state-of-the-art post-treatment care after undergoing Botox®, chemical peel, laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, sclerotherapy or soft-tissue fillers.

Learn about post-treatment care for:

Botulinum toxin A or Botox®

Penn dermatologists or dermatologic surgeons are experts in using Botox to treat patients. The procedure involves injecting small amounts of a purified pharmaceutical substance into specific wrinkle-producing facial muscles to obtain the desired results. The correct use of Botox requires experience and sound medical judgment. Improperly injecting Botox could result in unwanted muscle relaxation or facial asymmetry.

After treatment, it may take up to seven days before the full effects of the treatment become noticeable. Botox is temporary and the effects last for three to four months. Botox does not require anesthesia and patients do not have any "down time" or a recovery period.

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel removes the damaged outer layer of a patient's skin to lighten, brighten, refresh or soften fine lines or wrinkles. A Penn dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon works with each patient to determine the best treatment approach.

Some mild stinging or tingling sensations may occur during the chemical application process. After the procedure, treated skin may turn reddish or brownish in color or peel for a short period of time. Patients often opt to return on a regular maintenance schedule to maintain their healthy and newly refreshed skin.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal at Penn Dermatology is an effective and non-invasive method for removing and permanently reducing unwanted hair through the use of state-of-the-art laser technology. The treatment may take several minutes or several hours, depending on the area of the body, skin or hair pigmentation and other factors.

Laser hair removal most often requires follow-up treatment sessions for optimal results. With each treatment, a percentage of the hair follicles are permanently eliminated.

In most cases, no anesthesia is necessary and there is minimal or no "down time." Some temporary redness or swelling may occur in the treated areas. Patients with darker skin, blonde, white or gray hair may not respond as well to the treatment due to lack of pigmentation.

Laser Skin Resurfacing for Acne and Surgical Scars

Laser skin resurfacing at Penn Dermatology is a safe and effective method to treat skin damaged from acne or surgical scarring. The actual treatment time may range from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the overall amount of skin treated. Patients should anticipate that the treated areas will be swollen, red and crusted for a few days after treatment. Pain is usually not encountered during this time.

A week of social downtime is usually required and recommended to adequately heal. Although other laser treatments may advertise less "down time," Penn dermatologists use only the best fractionally ablative lasers to treat skin damaged from acne or surgical scarring that demonstrate superior clinical results with the highest safety standards.

Laser Resurfacing for Photodamaged Skin

Laser skin resurfacing at Penn Dermatology is a safe and effective method to treat skin damaged from overexposure to the sun. The actual treatment time may range from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the overall amount of skin treated. Patients should anticipate that the treated areas will be swollen, red and crusted for a few days after treatment. Pain is usually not encountered during this time.

A week of social downtime is usually required and recommended to adequately heal. Although other laser treatments may advertise less "down time," Penn dermatologists use only the best fractionally ablative lasers to treat skin damaged from the sun that demonstrate superior clinical results with the highest safety standards.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive method for refreshing or rejuvenating the skin that is suitable for practically all skin colors and textures. Penn dermatologists use a mild, minimally abrasive solution and sanding instrument to remove or exfoliate the skin's thicker and uneven outer layer.

Patients do not have discomfort or experience "down time" with this procedure. The use of moisturizers and sunscreen are highly recommended after the procedure. Patients should also avoid sun exposure for several days after microdermabrasion.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is safe and effective treatment for removing or reducing unwanted spider veins in the legs or other areas of the body. At Penn Dermatology, the treatment involves a series of injections into the visible surface blood vessels with a fine needle.

Most patient experience minimal discomfort and there is no "down time" or recovery period with this procedure. Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately.

Some swelling, soreness or bruising may occur, which can result in temporary discoloration of the skin. In addition, patients receive instructions from the dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon about wearing compression or support hosiery for a period of time after the treatment to keep pressure on the treated vessels.

Multiple or follow up maintenance sessions are usually required for the best aesthetic results.

Soft-Tissue Fillers

Penn dermatologists use soft tissue fillers as a minimally invasive and temporary approach for adding volume and depth to certain areas of the face and for refining lines and softening wrinkles. The procedure involves injecting the appropriate filler product beneath the skin's surface to correct depth and volume. A series of injections may be necessary to smooth lines and wrinkles.

This procedure has minimal "down time" or recovery period. Temporary swelling, soreness or bruising may occur that can be minimized with ice after the procedure. Results may be immediate or take a few weeks to become noticeable, depending on the filler product. The duration of the results depend on the filler product and can range from six months to two years.