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Pre-Treatment Care and Instructions

On this page, you’ll find information on preparing for our treatments, split up by type. To minimize the risk of possible side effects and complications, please consider every point: outcome and duration of results are dependent on several factors, including but not limited to age, sex, tissue conditions, general health, lifestyle conditions, and sun exposure. Please make sure to complete your medical history and speak to your provider if you have any questions or concerns so that we can ensure you get the best possible outcomes. Follow all instructions and recommendations made by your provider for your specific treatment. If you have any concerns about any of the points mentioned for your treatment, please contact us and speak to your provider for advice.
Disclaimer: Please note that candidates who are ineligible for treatment include those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have open sores in the treatment area.
MediZen Institute in Columbus, OH staff

General Pre-Treatment Guidelines

Two Days Pre-Treatment

  • If you have a history of cold sores or active cold sores, your provider needs to be aware before treatment so we can get you started on a prophylactic medication.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood-thinning medications if possible; this can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections. (Ex: aspirin, fish oil, ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, gingko biloba, alcohol, vitamin E, etc)

Two Weeks Pre and Two Weeks Post-Treatment

  • No skincare with active ingredients (Ex: Retinol/Retin-a, Lotion P50, Tretinoin, hydroquinone)
  • After any injection (dermal filler or wrinkle relaxer) wait at least two weeks for any type of facials, including our Biologique Recherche facials, DiamondGlow, OxyGeneo, microneedling, etc.
  • All services must be booked at least two weeks before any big event.

Four Weeks Pre and Four Weeks Post-Treatment

  • No sun exposure or spray tan.
  • Avoid dental work if treated with dermal fillers for four weeks afterward.
  • Space any laser treatment and dermal filler/neurotoxin. (ex: RF microneedling, IPL, ResurFx, Pico, fractional, etc.) four weeks apart.

Cosmetic Injectables and PDO Thread Guidelines

  • Schedule your appointment at least two weeks prior to a special event that you may be attending, such as a wedding or a vacation.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood-thinning medications, if possible, for a period of two days before treatment including medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s wort, omega 3/fish oil supplements, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDS that have a blood-thinning effect and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.
  • Do NOT consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to treatment as it may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising.
  • Do not use the following products two weeks before and two weeks after your treatment: Retin-A, Retinoids, or similar vitamin A compounds.
  • If you have a history of cold sores, please let your provider know as you may require an antiviral medication prior to treatment.
  • Reschedule your appointment at least two days in advance if you have a rash, cold sore, or blemish in the treatment area.
  • Be sure to eat and drink water before your procedure — this will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.
  • It is recommended that clients wait at least a week post-treatment to fly. Changes in cabin pressure can precipitate the worsening of any swelling or bruising.
  • Avoid dental work (including standard teeth cleaning) at least four weeks prior to treatment and one month following treatment.
  • Do not plan facial treatments, facials, facial waxing, chemical peels or microdermabrasion for two weeks after treatment.
  • Do not plan laser/IPL or energy-based facial treatments for four weeks after treatment.
  • Studies show that smoking doesn’t immediately undo the benefits of a BOTOX treatment, but it will have an adverse impact over time, and tends to shorten the positive effects. If there is any bruising from the treatment, it may take longer to heal if the patient continues to smoke.
Woman with medical cream on her face at MediZen Institute in Columbus, OH
Woman looking in the mirror at MediZen Institute in Columbus, OH

Laser Treatment Guidelines

Mild to moderate skin darkening, redness and/or swelling is normal for some treatments. Results may vary between treatments and clients, please check with your provider as to what to expect and possible downtime so you can plan accordingly. These following guidelines maximize the chances that your treatment will go smoothly:

  • If you have a history of cold sores, please let your provider know prior to treatment; you will require an antiviral medication prior to treatment.
  • Reschedule your appointment at least two days in advance if you have a rash, cold sore, or blemish in the treatment area.
  • Do not use the following products two weeks before and two weeks after your treatment: Retin-A, Retinoids, or similar vitamin A compounds, any photosensitizing essential oils, harsh scrubs or exfoliating products and bleaching creams. Check with your provider for further instructions regarding your specific laser treatment.
  • The following supplements should be discontinued 7 days prior to treatment: gingko, ginseng, garlic, fish oil, vitamin E, and iron.
  • Discontinue Accutane 6 months prior to treatment.
  • In the treatment areas, avoid dermal fillers and/or neurotoxin at least four weeks prior and four weeks after treatment.
  • Shave the treatment area within 24 hours of your scheduled treatment (unless instructed otherwise by your provider).
  • Do not apply any creams, lotions, perfume, or makeup, etc. to the area being treated.
  • Avoid all natural and artificial tanning, tanning booths, tanning lotion or spray-tanning four weeks before and four weeks after treatment as recently tanned skin cannot be treated.
  • Do not wax two weeks before and two weeks after treatment. (Waxing, tweezing and electrolysis within 6 weeks before with laser hair removal.)
  • Check with your provider if you plan to go for a swim or use a hot tub or sauna after your treatment.
  • Avoid sun exposure for four weeks before treatment.
  • Makeup may be worn 24 hours after treatment in treated areas. Check with your provider to clarify your makeup type and the specific laser treatment.

Skincare Treatments and Facials (Including Biologique Recherche)

Results may vary depending on individual factors and the treatment at hand. Please check with your provider regarding downtime and plan accordingly. Follow these guidelines to reap the benefits of our skincare treatments and advanced facials:

  • Avoid tanning, spray-tanning or sun exposure two weeks before and two weeks after treatment.
  • Do not wax two weeks before and two weeks after treatment.
  • If you have a history of cold sores, please let your provider know; you may require an antiviral medication prior to treatment.
  • Do not use the following products two weeks before and two weeks after your treatment: Retin-A, Retinoids, or similar vitamin A compounds, harsh scrubs or exfoliating products, and bleaching creams.
  • Check with your provider if you plan to go for a swim or use a hot tub or sauna after your treatment.
Skin care treatments and facials at MediZen Institute in Columbus, OH
Fat dissolving and body contouring at MediZen Institute in Columbus, OH

Fat Dissolving and Body Contouring Guidelines

Mild to moderate redness, pain, bruising, and swelling is normal and may last for a few weeks. Results may vary between treatments and depending upon the individual, so please check with your provider regarding any downtime and plan accordingly. Following the below guidelines increases the likelihood that your treatment will be an optimal success:

  • Schedule your appointment at least two weeks prior to a special event that you may be attending, such as a wedding or a vacation.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood-thinning medications, if possible, for a period of two days before treatment including medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s wort, omega 3/fish oil supplements, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDS that have a blood-thinning effect and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.
  • Do NOT consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to treatment. Alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising.
  • Do not use the following products two weeks before and two weeks after your treatment: Retin-A, Retinoids, or similar vitamin A compounds.
  • If you have a history of cold sores, please let your provider know: you may require an antiviral medication prior to treatment.
  • Reschedule your appointment at least two days in advance if you have a rash, cold sore, or blemish in the treatment area.
  • Be sure to eat and drink before your procedure- this will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.
  • It is recommended that clients wait at least a week post-treatment to fly. Changes in cabin pressure can precipitate the worsening of any swelling or bruising.