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What to Expect After Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal is a very simple procedure. However it is a good idea to know what to expect and what to do and not do after your treatment.

After your laser hair removal treatment you must:

  • Avoid sun exposure, and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen.
  • Avoid heat (hot tubs, saunas, etc.) for 1-2 days.
  • Avoid skin irritants (products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.) for a few days post-treatment.
  • Do not wax or pluck between treatments.
  • Redness and perifollicular edema are common and will resolve with time.
  • Bruising and swelling are uncommon but may occur and will resolve with time.
  • Hair may take up to two weeks to fall out.

Laser hair removal treatments may leave a light skin irritation (redness and/or swelling) that typically lasts only a few hours after the treatment is completed. Any minor redness or swelling after the treatment will be gone within 12-24 hours after the treatment. 

Temporary skin lightening or darkening may also occur. Those most commonly affected by pigment changes are people with naturally dark skin or those that continue to have sun exposure after treatment.

Your skin will be slightly red from the procedure, but this just means it is working. Bruising and swelling are uncommon but may occur and will resolve with time. 

The following steps should be taken following the procedure:

  • Icing the area diminished any discomfort or redness following the procedure.
  • Avoid sun exposure immediately after and up to three weeks after treatment.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen on the treated area.

All normal activities may be resumed right after treatment as long as the skin is protected from UV light. 

Results will be seen after the 1st treatment.

Can I Shave After Laser Hair Removal 

You can shave but remember to not pinch, pop, wax, or tweeze the targeted areas. Just let your hair grow and shave when necessary.

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