After Care Instructions

Face Treatments

Anti wrinkle:

  • No touching, massaging, rubbing of the treated areas for 4 hours, this includes lying down which may cause you to fall asleep and push on the areas treated;

  • No alcohol for 24 hrs - anti wrinkle products generally don’t like alcohol;

  • You may perform your regular home face care rituals the night of your anti wrinkle treatment, but please be gentle and don’t rub or massage excessively;

  • Light mineral makeup may be applied immediately after anti wrinkle treatment, but with a clean applicator. Thick makeup should be avoided and use of old, uncleaned makeup brushes etc should also be avoided;

  • You may move/express the areas of your face which have been treated as normal;

  • Exercise should be avoided for 24 hrs post anti wrinkle treatment;

  • Should you have any redness, swelling or indeed any causes for concern, please call us on 94393562.

  • Results are generally kicking in at 2-3 days, but maximally at 1-2 weeks. Anti wrinkle CAN start off uneven, but after 1-2 weeks spreads out. Your treatment should last around the 3 month mark, ideally. Some areas last longer, but others a little less depending on the dose we use.

Dermal Filler:

  • Unless instructed by your doctor, please do not rub, massage or touch the areas treated for at least 48 hrs;

  • For 72 hrs, please avoid sleeping in such a manner that may put pressure on an area that has had filler placed, eg. try and avoid side-sleeping if you’ve had filler placed in your cheeks;

  • you may perform your usual home face care ritual the night of a filler treatment, but please be gentle and avoid excessive rubbing or massaging;

  • Avoid alcohol for 48 hrs after a filler treatment as alcohol can make bruising worse;

  • Bruising, redness, swelling and tenderness are all very normal for the first 5-7 days after a filler treatment. A judgement about the final position of the filler can only be made once all tenderness and swelling has disappeared. This can take up to 2-3 weeks;

  • Please call the clinic immediately if you notice increasing pain, skin changes that are not bruising or any other concerning symptoms or signs;

  • No strenuous exercise for 72 hrs after a filler treatment;

  • Please avoid makeup to the areas as much as possible. If makeup is required, use light mineral makeup and please use a clean applicator brush;

  • Hand hygiene is important when you are handling the treated areas.

Face Peels/Dermasweep/Collagen Induction therapy (needling)

  • Your skin may be dry and flaky after a face peel. We recommend regular moisturising with K-ceutic cream as this will help increase hydration and reduce redness;

  • Redness can be a side effect that can up to 24 hrs;

  • Please remember not to use active ingredient skin care (Vitamin A, B C, AHA) until your skin returns to normal;

  • Please always use sunscreen, in winter as well;

  • Please always remember to wash your hands before handling your face;

  • Have a fresh pillowcase to sleep on the night of your treatment;

  • Try and keep your hair off your face wherever possible;

  • Use the alcohol swabs to clean your eye wear before wearing them;

  • We recommend staying hydrated after your treatment.

IPL Hair Removal

  • Actively cool the area for 24 hours post treatment if heat remains. You can use Aloe Vera, cold compress or ice packs as needed. By cooling the area, we can reduce redness, discomfort and complications such as blisters.

  • Hair will continue to grow post treatment. Over 1-2 weeks the follicle will push the treated hair up and out of the follicle. You can encourage hairs to fall with exfoliation. Any hairs that do not fall in this time may not have been present in the follicle during the treatment and have grown post treatment. 

  • DO NOT pluck or wax the area. You can shave or use hair removal creams in between treatments. 

  • Keep the area out of the sun for 2-4 weeks post treatment to avoid complications.

IPL Photo Rejuvenation - Pigmentation treatments

  • Your skin may feel warm/hot post treatment. Actively cool the area until no longer warm. Aloe vera, cold compress or ice packs can be used.

  • Treated pigment can continue to darken for 24-48 hours post treatment. This is normal. DO NOT pick, pull or scratch these micro crusts. They will naturally exfoliate off over the next 3-7 days. This process can be slower for pigmentation on the body.

  • Your skin may be dry and flaky after IPL. We recommend regular moisturising with K-ceutic or Uberzinc creams as this will help increase the hydration, reduce redness and provide sun protection. 

  • Redness and swelling can last up to 24hrs

  • Only use the recommended skin care for the 3-5 days post treatment. Avoid the use of active ingredients such as vitamin A.

  • Please always use sunscreen, in winter as well. Any sun exposure on the treated area can increase the heat in the skin and lead to complications. 

IPL Photo Rejuvenation - Redness/Rosacea treatments

  • Your skin may feel warm/hot post treatment. Actively cool the area until no longer warm. Aloe vera, cold compress or ice packs can be used.

  • Your skin may appear red for 2- 48 hours post treatment. 

  • Your skin may be dry and flaky after IPL. We recommend regular moisturising with K-ceutic or Uberzinc creams as this will help increase the hydration, reduce redness and provide sun protection. 

  • Mild Swelling can be a side effect that can last up to 48 hrs. Sleeping slightly elevated can help.

  • Only use the recommended skin care for the 3-5 days post treatment. Avoid the use of active ingredients such as vitamin A.

  • Please always use sunscreen, in winter as well. Any sun exposure on the treated area can increase the heat in the skin and lead to complications. 

  • Vessels may appear gone, greyed, bruised or still present immediately post treatment. Over the next 2 weeks after treatment the immune system clears away these ‘unneeded’ treated vessels. We never judge treatment outcomes until at least 2 weeks post. 

  • DO NOT pick, pull or scratch any dry skin as this can cause complications. 

Skin Care

  • All of Phenotype skin care ranges are practitioner-only, meaning they are usually reserved for practices in which a doctor works. It also means these products contain higher concentrations of quality active ingredients, and should only be used as directed;

  • We suggest starting slowly with active skin care products (eg. Retinol or vitamin A), specifically using it every second or third day and building up to every day.;

  • Some clients can develop redness, irritation, break-outs from new skin care. This can all be normal, and all we suggest is stopping the product and introducing it more slowly. Your skin will eventually get used to it, and you may use it daily thereafter;

  • The owners and staff at Phenotype all use these products ourselves, and we prescribe them to our families. We would never give our clients a product we wouldn’t use ourselves. If you have any questions or concerns, we are always here to help;

  • Please always use sunscreen, even in winter time.


Body Treatments

Fat Freezing

  • In the days following a treatment, the area may ache and feel bruised. This aching, as well as redness, bruising, swelling tenderness, itchiness, skin sensitivity and tingling, can last 1-2 weeks;

  • The skin may feel numb, which can last several weeks but gradually resolves;

  • For 1 in 20 clients, there is a strong cramping pain or shooting pain, which can occur up to 2 weeks after treatment. Generally this is tolerated without pain relief, however you may use compression garments if you have them and cool packs in the evening.

  • If an area is treated more than once, sometimes the subsequent treatments can be a little more uncomfortable than the first. This is normal;

  • Avoid exercise that may cause pain or discomfort after a fat freezing treatment;

  • You may eat and drink normally after a treatment, and there is minimal if any down time.


Post Fibroblast Treatment Recommendations

  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is anticipated. This usually resolves within 2-5 hours of treatment but may persist for up to 2 days. Application of chilled (not frozen) ice park every hour for 5 to10 minutes may be used to soothing to the skin. Continue until symptoms subside

  • The use of Stratacel, Stratamed and Solugel can be applied post treatment for the first 48hours

  • Avoid sun exposure to treated areas. Apply a sun block with SPF 30 or greater daily to sun-exposed treated areas between treatments.Sun block is mandatory 48hours after treatment

  • Avoid getting the area wet for the first 48hours.

  • Avoid the use of make up in the treatment area, for a minimum of 48days, the use of mineral make up can then be applied

  • Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Avoid having hot showers, steam rooms etc for 72hours.

  • Avoid use of strongly scented lotions or soaps, prescription strength exfoliant creams, loofah sponges, and aggressive scrubbing to treated areas during healing phase.

  • Allow any blistered or open areas to heal spontaneously. If healing is delayed, a thin coating of antibiotic ointment may be advised. Do not pick at these areas. Picking may result in infection or scarring. Allow any crusting to heal spontaneously, crusting will resolve in 3 to 20 days. Application of antibiotic ointment is not recommended for crusting

  • Best results are obtained on clients who have follow up treatment 3-6 months after their initial treatment. Your clinician will advise you when you should schedule your next appointment. It is important to adhere to this regime

Pigmented Lesions Post Treatment

  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually last 2 to 5 hours but can persist up to 2 days. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2 to 3 days. In some cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur

  • The lesion may initially look raised and/or darker with a reddened perimeter. Apply cool compresses (not frozen) to treatment areas for 10 to 15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation

  • The lesion will gradually turn darker over the next 24 to 48 hours. It may turn dark brown or even black.

  • The use of Stratacel, Stratamed and Solugel can be applied post treatment

  • The lesion will progress to scabs/crusting and will start flaking off in 5 day to 4 weeks, depending on the area of the treatment

  • The lesion is usually healed in 3-20 days. It will continue to fade over the next 2 to 4 weeks

  • Direct sunlight to the treated area should be avoided. Daily application of a SPF30 is recommended to prevent development of new lesions.

  • Best results are obtained on clients who have follow up treatment 3- 6 months after their initial treatment. Your clinician will advise you when you should schedule your next appointment. It is important to adhere to this regime.

Vascular Lesions Post Treatment Recommendations

  • Mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. It usually lasts 2 to 5 hours but can persist up to 2 days. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2 to 3 days. This can be treated with cold packs

  • Apply cool compress (not frozen) to treatment areas for 10 to15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation

  • The use of Strataderm, Stratamed and Solugel can be applied post treatment

  • The vessels may have micro-crusting and scabbing which falls off within 1-4 weeks after the treatment, depending on location

  • The treated area can be gently cleansed

  • The vessels undergo immediate greying or blanching. In some cases, only a slight purplish change is noted. Vessels either fully or partially resolve in about 10 to 14 days and areas of diffuse flushing gradually fade leaving skin with normal appearance.

IMPORTANT - With all Plasma treatments described above, the following recommendations apply: 

Until redness has completely resolved, avoid all the following:

  • Applying cosmetics on treated areas

  • Swimming, especially in pools with chemical/chlorine for 72hours

  • Hot tubs and Jacuzzis for 72hours

  • Activities that cause excessive perspiration for 72hours

  • Avoid sun exposure to treated areas for the duration of the treatment course

  • Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs as this will cause unwanted side effects

  • Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30+ daily to sun exposed skin, AND REAPPLY AS DIRECTED BY PRODUCT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Increased photosensitivity to UV can occur when taking certain medications.

During your treatment programme, if you have commenced or changed dosage with the following medications, you must advise your clinician:

  1. Antibiotics – doxycycline (acne), minocycline, Tetracyclines, Sulphonamides

  2. Antihistamines – Diphenhydramone, Cyproheptadine

  3. Antidepressants

  4. Herbal preparations – St Johns wort, Gingko Biloba, citrus oils, Herbal HRT therapies

Taking these medications does not exclude you from plasma treatments; however, extra precautions are applicable in these cases.

Healing Process for Plasma treatments:

Day 1

  • Erythema and swelling present

  • Micro-crusting occurs and can last up to 3 – 4 weeks

  • Discomfort, pain and slight discharge can occur, but this is normal

  • Treatment area is NOT to get wet for 48 hrs

Day 2

  • Swelling may migrate under eyes, even if plasma treatment wasn't carried out on lower lids, this is normal because fluid drainage may occur to lower lids

  • Bruising may occur

Day 3

  • Odema peaks at 72 hours

  • Do not pick, scratch, rub or abrade the scabs

Day 4-7

  • Minor discomfort and odema

  • Scabs may start to fall

Week 2

  • Area may feel tender to touch and look pink

  • Mild stinging sensation when applying products

Week 3-4

  • Area may be still slightly tender and pinker than the rest of skin

  • Complete clearance of micro-crusting

Month 2

  • Tenderness should have subsided and area should have blended with surrounding skin tone