Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, and for good reason – it can provide long-lasting results. However, proper aftercare is essential to getting the most out of your laser hair removal treatment. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about laser hair removal aftercare. We will cover topics such as how to care for your skin after treatment, how to deal with any side effects, and more!
We have taken great care to provide the best treatment. But the success of the procedure also depends on you. So it is important for you to take extra care of the treated area as following the laser hair removal treatment, the area will be heat and light-sensitive.
Please, read carefully and follow these simple instructions for the first few days post-treatment.
Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks after treatment. This means staying out of direct sunlight and using sunscreen with very high protection (an SPF of 30 or higher) whenever you are outdoors. This will help prevent any side effects such as skin irritation or pigmentation changes.
Avoid excessive heat. After your treatment, you should avoid hot showers or baths, saunas, steam rooms, heavy workouts, heat treatments in salons, etc. This can irritate the skin and cause side effects such as redness or swelling.
Care should be taken to prevent trauma and friction to the treated area. Avoid tight, uncomfortable, and synthetic clothing for the first 4–5 days following treatment to avoid friction to the treated areas such as bikini line, legs, arms and armpits, chest, abdomen etc. Do not pick, scratch, exfoliate or rub vigorously at the treated area.
Avoid any other light treatments and sun tanning activities such as sun exposure or sunbed through the whole course of treatments.
Avoid using any harsh soaps or cleansers and applying products with fragrance or aftershave to the treatment area for 4–5 days as these can irritate the skin.
Avoid swimming in chlorinated water for 48 hours.
Make-up may be applied as long as the skin’s surface is not broken.
If the skin is tender or warm to the touch, you can apply a cool compress e.g. cotton wool or gauze soaked in cold water, for a few minutes at a time.
Keep the treated area clean. Gently cleanse the area once or twice a day with cool or lukewarm water and a mild cleanser. Pat dry with a soft towel. Cool or lukewarm showers are recommended. Moisturise the treated area regularly, at least once per day with a product recommended by your aesthetic and laser therapist.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can thin the blood and increase bleeding. It's best to avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours after your treatment.
Please inform your aesthetic and laser therapist of any changes to your health or medications that you are taking as some medical conditions and certain medications can make you more susceptible to side effects.
Please inform your aesthetic and laser therapist if you could have become pregnant.
Hair grows in cycles and permanent hair reduction is only achievable when the hair is in the active growth phase (anagen). The length of this growth phase varies from individual to individual and also from body area to body area. This is why a course of laser hair removal treatments is necessary as each treatment will only be effective on hairs that are in the active growth phase at the time of treatment.
After your course of laser hair removal treatments, you should have a significant reduction in hair growth. Some people may experience complete hair loss, but this is not always the case. You may need to undergo maintenance treatments every now and then to keep the hair growth under control.
To achieve a successful permanent reduction of your unwanted hair your skin needs to be in good shape and well moisturised. Therefore, it is important to eat healthily, drink plenty of fluids, and follow the skincare routine recommended by your aesthetic and laser therapist. This will help your skin heal properly after treatment.
In between your initial appointments, you may need to use some form of hair management at home to keep the hair growth under control. Cutting (shaving or scissors) is the only method you can use.
If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, please do not hesitate to contact your aesthetic and laser therapist.
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