Laser Hair Removal Aftercare

Laser hair removal aftercare

24 – 48 hours

  • Avoid intense exercising such as gym and fitness classes
  • Avoid heat treatments such as hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and hot showers bikram yoga.
  • Avoid intense exercising such as gym and fitness classes
  • Swimming in chlorinated water is not advised.
  • Do not use creams containing bleach or steroids.
  • Avoid scented or perfumed products such as soaps, creams or colognes and perfumes.
  • Do not touch, scratch or pick at your skin to avoid further irritation.
  • Do not exfoliate or use a peel
  • Wear a high factor SPF
  • No shaving – even if you spot a stray hair !

Aftercare 14 days following Laser hair removal 

  • Limit UV exposure
  • No self tanning
  • Avoid waxing, plucking, threading as this will disrupt your hair cycle and effect results
  • No depilation creams for same reason as above
  • Avoid exposing your skin to harsh weather conditions.

For 6 weeks + preparation for next laser session

  • Use a high factor sun protection SPF30+
  • Limit sun exposure and do not use sunbeds.
  • Keep skin moisturised in preparation for your next laser hair removal session

 

Laser hair removal aftercare does not require any complicated routines to follow for weeks after your appointments. This is because laser hair removal is a relatively simple process with little recovery time.

However, it is important that you take time to care for your skin after the procedure. Caring for your skin means it will remain healthy and moisturised.

Aftercare immediately following your laser session

Immediately after your laser hair removal session, you can expect your skin to be slightly red and irritated, this is totally normal. It might even feel like mild sunburn. For many people, this disappears within a few hours.

But for others, it may take a few days before it totally goes. If you notice any of your skin blistering, you need to discuss this with the clinic where you had the treatment as this will be a reaction which shouldn’t happen.

 

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How to soothe your skin during aftercare 

If you find the redness after your laser hair removal treatments to be uncomfortable and sore, there are things you can do to help ease the redness.

  1. First you should get some cold compresses and apply these to the area of skin that’s red, to help any swelling go down. You might consider using ice if you don’t have any cold compresses , or a cold bath. This should soon have your redness going down.
  2. Making sure the area of skin is kept clean is also an important point, to avoid infections.
  3. You should also moisturise the area. Moisturising creams aid in the recovery of the skin in the areas that were treated with the laser. The clinic you go to will probably recommend some creams for you to use.
  4. Consider using a daily moisturiser in the days leading up to your next treatment, if you have purchased a package are having a course of treatments. This will also keep your skin generally healthy and supple and give you optimum results when having your laser hair removal procedure.

In general, many people feel fit and ready to go back to work immediately after treatment. Others may feel they need a little rest, but this shouldn’t be more than a day or too. Depending on the length of treatment, area of skin being treated and skin type, all after care guidelines can vary and you should speak to your clinic.

Laser aftercare and what to look out for

There are a number of side effects you should also look out for during the after period following your laser hair treatment. These are mostly minor and temporary in the hours, days and weeks after your laser hair removal session. If you do experience any lasting side effects you should contact your clinic and speak to your practitioner.

Redness, irritation and slight swelling

As mentioned this is the most common side effect that will need your attention and aftercare. They generally do not last long and your skin may look and feel like it has been plucked or waxed. You can request a numbing cream on your next laser session to help you manage the sensation if it was uncomfortable.

Irritation should go down within a few hours of your laser session.

Changes in pigmentation

You may also notice colour changes where you had laser. It may get slightly darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation) following laser hair removal.

These will tend to fade away over time with and the skin returning  to normal.

Crusting

You may experience your skin crusting over in the affected area. Although inconvenient it is a minor issue and you should not worry too much about this. To avoid scarring and scabbing take care of the area with a good quality moisturiser.

Changes in pigmentation

You may also notice colour changes where you had laser. It may get slightly darker (hyperpigmentation) if you have light skin or lighter (hypopigmentation) if you have dark skin following laser hair removal.

These will tend to fade away over time with and the skin returning  to normal.

skin infection

Like other hair removal methods, by damaging hair follicles this carries a risk of  infection risk.

Treat the affected area as a wound while healing takes place and contact your GP or clinic who can advise you. Do not apply strong over-the-counter (OTC) antibiotic creams to large areas of your skin if an infection occurs.

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Rare side effects

Laser hair removal is a safe, FDA approved treatment. Thousands of men and women undergo laser hair removal every year. With all cosmetic procedures risk are attached. Uncommon side effects after laser hair removal can include:

Burns and blisters

There is a risk of burns and blisters if laser hair removal is not done correctly. So always have your laser performed by an experienced practitioner in a reputable clinic.

With an experienced practitioner burns and blisters are extremely rare. A cooling Aloe Vera gel is applied after treatment and is an effective natural way to cool the skin. You can continue to use Aloe Vera gel as aftercare following your laser sessions.

If you do experience burning then contact your GP or clinic who can advise you further.

Scars

Scars may form if the correct aftercare is not followed. It is important to treat your skin like it is sunburnt to avoid damaging it further. Protecting it from sunlight, and checking for signs of infection and keeping it moisturised, are key.

To get the most out of your laser hair removal sessions and to maintain healthy skin it is important you look after you skin following every laser hair session. Following a good aftercare routine and regularly monitoring your skin will help you and your skin to keep looking at its best for longer

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