Pre-Treatment Instruction for Laser
1. Avoid tanning and using sunless tanners for at least a month to prepare for laser hair removal. The skin should be as light as possible at the time of treatment. For this reason, many people choose to undergo laser treatment during winter. Apply sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 if you do need to spend time outdoors, and the area you wish to have hair removed by laser will be exposed to UVA/UVB rays
2. Refrain from plucking or waxing for at least 2-4 weeks prior to undergoing laser hair removal. Shaving is fine, but these other hair removal techniques can reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment. Also, the hair should not be bleached.
3. Shave the area that will be treated, as instructed during the pretreatment consultation. This is usually a day or two before the appointment. The hair follicles should be visible, but it can be more painful if longer hair is present during the laser hair removal.
4. Take oral antiviral medication or oral antibiotics if prescribed by your doctor.
Post-Treatment Instruction for Laser
Please observe the following after your laser treatments.
Immediately following the treatments, you should apply an ice pack as there may be mild swelling. Mild sunburn like sensation is expected. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours post treatment. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, but it usually resolves in 2-3 days.
Avoid any trauma to the skin for up to 2-5 days, such as bathing with very hot water, strenuous exercises or massage.
If any crusting occurs, apply an antibiotic cream. Some physicians recommend aloe vera gel or after sunburn treatments such as Desitin. Darker pigmented people have more discomfort than lighter skin people and may require these items for a long period of time.
Makeup can be used after the treatment unless there is epidermal bleeding and once the site has quite swelling. Keep the area moist. Use any moisturizer without alpha hydroxyl acids.
You will experience redness and bruising from 5-14 days after treatment, Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds, to reduce the change of dark or light spots, for two months. Use a SPF 25 or higher at all times thought the treatment.
Avoid picking or scratching the treated areas. Please do not use any other hair removal method or products on the treated areas during the course of your laser treatments, as it will prevent you from achieving your best results.
You may shower after the laser treatments using tepid water. Wash the site gently with a mild soap, patting dry the area, not rubbed.
Avoid tweezing, waxing, bleaching or chemical peels during the course of the treatment. Do not use any irritants such as Retin-A, Benzoyl Peroxide or astringents.
If work on the legs has been done, wear compression stockings for 48 hours and then during the day while on your feet for up to 2 weeks.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact the office immediately.