Laser hair removal can be a professional procedure mostly conducted by a dermatologist to remove unwanted hair permanently. It concentrates beams of light to target hair follicles and destroy them, achieving hair-free results. How to take care of your skin before and after hair removal treatment? Your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions for caring for your skin. In general, you should follow these recommendations to help heal skin and to reduce side effects. Keep reading and you will learn something
Pre care (what you do before laser appointment)
- Shave targeted areas at least 24 hours prior to treatment. The closer the shave the better. (Your physician may also shave it down before beginning the treatment)
- Stay out of direct sunlight for at least 3 days before your appointment
- No makeup/lotion/deodorant on that day.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes on that day.
- Avoid alcohol or smoking 24 hours before your treatment.
- Avoid waxing/threading/tweezing in the area for at least 4 weeks. Shaving is ok!
- Arrive early prior so that you are relaxed.
- Avoid applying any self-tanning or spray tan products for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Do not exercise before the treatment. Keep it dry and clean prior to treatment.
- Laser treatments cannot be performed on ladies who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. Even though there is no evidence that prove if the laser will affect babies, we will not recommend this. Also, no such testing is likely to occur as it would be unethical.
- Menstruating clients cannot try Bikini laser services.
- Redness & Bumps - Apply cool compresses. Redness and bumps at the treatment areas are common; they could last up to two hours or longer. For a few hours after treatment, it's typical to feel like a sunburn. Apply a cold compress if the sensitivity continues. If there is any crusting, apply an antibiotic cream. Darker pigmented skin may be more uncomfortable and may last longer than lighter
- Cleanse the area treated gently. You can use a mild soap to gently wash the treated area. During the first 48 hours, skin should not be rubbed dry but rather patted dry.
- No makeup & lotion/moisturizer/deodorant for the first 24 hours - Apply prescription creams as told. Keep the treated area away from makeup & moisturizer, & deodorant if further redness or irritation persists. A steroid cream may be recommended by your doctor to help with any pain and discomfort you experience after receiving treatment. For pain relief, you can also use anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Dead hairs will begin to shed 5-30 days after your treatment. Within 5 to 30 days of the treatment date, dead hair that is shed from the hair follicle will appear. that is normal, and they will fall out quickly.
- Stay away from the sunlight. Your doctor will advise you to avoid direct sun exposure because your skin will be sensitive after laser hair removal. Use sunscreen (SPF 25 or higher) at all times to reduce the chance of dark or light spots for 1-2 months following.
- Do not pick/scratch/wax/thread/tweeze the area. Do not pick or scratch the skin that has been treated. During the process of your laser treatments, avoid using any hair removal products or methods other than shaving on the treated area as this will prevent you from getting the best results.
- Accept different Hair growth. After 6 to 9 sessions, most people will, on average, feel satisfied about not having any hair, and they won't even check for stubble.
Potential Side Effects of Laser Hair Removal
The ASAPS says that sometimes there is a temporary slight reddening of the skin or localized swelling. They are common side effects of laser hair removal. Most of side effects usually resolve within 1 to 3 days.
More serious side effects of this procedure may include:
- skin pigmentation changes, which may be permanent
- severe pain
Consult an experienced and qualified physician before you get started. A professional doctor can help reduce side effects from laser hair removal by using the right types of lasers for your skin and hair colors. The doctor must be clear about your medical history and any medications you take, which can prevent adverse reactions.