Getting Ready for Pulsed Dye Laser Procedure
with Topical Cream Anesthesia
ξ For treatment of a vascular birthmark on the trunk or extremities, please wear clothes that
button-up and are loose fitting.
ξ For newborns and infant patients, please bring a bottle of juice or formula if not breast feeding.
ξ For children, bring toys or a favorite book.
ξ For 14 days after the laser procedure, the site may be bruised and purple.
ξ If you have family photos or special events planned in the 2 weeks after your child’s laser
procedure, do not schedule laser therapy for a site that can be seen.
ξ Your child’s procedure is done with local anesthesia. No lab work is needed.
ξ One week before treatment, try not using aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(ibuprofen and naproxen). If the patient needs the medication, there can still be a treatment.
This is a suggestion only.
ξ Swelling and blisters may form in the first few days.
ξ Many treatments (6-10) are needed for the best results.
ξ The results will improve for up to 2 months after laser treatment.
ξ Avoid direct trauma and sun exposure to treated areas. Use sun screen with SPF 30 or above
daily and at all times.
ξ The patient may bathe, swim, and return to a normal routine right after the procedure.
ξ Tylenol® may be given for pain, there is rarely much pain.
ξ You will need to keep the treated skin moist until the bruising has gone away.
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