The laser hair removal procedure works by introducing intense pulsed light or laser light to hair follicles preventing or reducing hair re-growth. Although the process is beneficial, its results may vary according to the skin of a person. So, what should you do to reap the most benefits of this process?
People with sensitive skin may experience redness or pain after the process, but use aftercare creams recommended by the doctor which you can buy from online pharmacies, the pain and redness will subside in no time. Here are some pre-process and post-process care suggestions.
- The area must be shaved 24 hours before the procedure. If you are doing this procedure for the first time, leave a small patch of the hair intact so that your doctor can exam it beforehand. The specialist will eventually shave it right before the procedure.
- Make sure not to use any makeup, lotion or deodorant on the intended area before the day of the procedure.
- Avoid direct sunlight for at least 3 days prior to the appointment and 3 days after the procedure is done.
- Do not use spray tan products or self-tanner two weeks prior to the treatment as it may harm the skin.
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to the treatment.
- Avoid tweezing, threading, waxing the area at least four weeks before the procedure.
- Redness & Bumps are completely normal. Sometimes, after the procedure is done, redness & bumps may occur which is completely normal. Use a cold compress if sensitivity and pain continue. Apply an antibiotic cream if there is any crusting. The skin will heal eventually.
- Cleanse the treated area gently with a mild soap. Pat the skin dry and do not rub or scratch it within 24 hours of the treatment.
- Do not use makeup, lotion. Moisturizer or deodorant within 24 hours. Keep the area clean & dry.
- Dead hairs will shed within 5-30 days after the treatment. Stubble will appear within 5-30 days after the treatment which is normal and they will fall out eventually.
- Exfoliate the skin to speed up hair shedding. You can help the hair fall out by washing the area with a washcloth or using an exfoliator.
- Avoid going in the sun to reduce the chance appearance of dark or light spots for 2 months. Use sunscreen at all times after the procedure and keep it in use on a regular basis.
- Do not scratch, pick, wax, thread or tweeze the area. Do not use any other hair removal products or methods, on the area during the course of the laser treatments. Shaving is okay.
- Hair growth varies from person to person. On average, a person may enjoy a hairless situation for 6-9 months after the procedure, but for some people, this period may vary. No need to worry and keep in touch with your doctor even months after the procedure.