Do not pick or remove scabs or crusts that develop during the healing process. This could cause infection and lead to scarring. Healing can take anywhere from 5 to 25 days (or more). Infections are rare, however, they can occur. The signs to look for are foul odor, fever, red streaks from area, yellow-green drainage, and heightened sensitivity. Call the office if you have any questions or suspect an infection. To prevent infections which can result in scarring, make sure that you clean the area with mild soap and water twice per day. Always make sure that you pat the area dry gently with a soft gauze. Never rub your skin because this can dislodge the scab that has formed, which can cause scarring. Avoid letting high pressure water from the shower hit the area that is healing because this has the same effect as rubbing. Feel free to call the office with any questions or concerns after treatment. We want to partner with you for the best result.