The Dos and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal: Pre and Post-Treatment Care

Dealing with unwanted ingrown hairs can be a frustrating and time-consuming task that often requires carrying out various hair removal methods regularly.

Fortunately, laser hair removal offers a long-lasting and convenient solution, effectively reducing hair growth and making it easier to achieve smooth, hair-free skin.

By opting for laser hair removal, you can simplify your grooming routine and enjoy the benefits of a smoother, more confident you.

Keep reading and learn more about the things you need to do before and after your laser hair removal treatment to get the best possible results.

All About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive, safe and effective cosmetic procedure that uses concentrated light energy (laser) to target and remove unwanted hair follicles, resulting in a significant reduction in hair growth.

Laser hair removal works by emitting a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy converts to heat, which then damages the hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth.

Over the course of several treatment sessions, laser hair removal can provide long-lasting results, making it an attractive alternative to traditional hair removal methods like shaving and waxing -provided that you follow your provider’s instructions before and after the treatment.

Do’s and Don’ts Before and After Laser Hair Removal

There are certain steps you should follow to ensure the best possible results and minimize any potential side effects:

Before Laser Hair Removal Treatment:

1.Schedule a consultation with a qualified laser hair removal provider to discuss your goals, assess your skin and hair type, and create a personalized treatment plan.
2.Shave the area to be treated no less than 24 hours before your appointment, as this allows the laser to target the hair follicle more effectively.
3.Make sure your skin is clean and free of any products, such as lotions, creams, or deodorants, before the treatment.
4.Wear loose, comfortable clothing because it will help minimize any potential irritation in the treatment area after the procedure.

1.Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before your treatment, as tanned skin can increase the risk of side effects like hyperpigmentation.
2.Do not wax, pluck, or use depilatory creams for at least 4 weeks before your laser treatment. These methods remove the hair from the follicle, making the laser treatment less effective. Stick to shaving instead.
3.Avoid skin irritants: Stop using any products with harsh active ingredients that could irritate your skin (e.g., retinol, glycolic acid, or harsh exfoliants) at least 3-5 days before treatment.

After Laser Hair Removal Treatment:

1.If you experience any redness or swelling after the treatment, use a cold compress to soothe the area.
2.Keep the treated area hydrated with a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to help alleviate any dryness or irritation.
3.Protect the treated area from sun exposure with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30, as the skin will be more sensitive to the sun.

1.Stay away from hot baths, saunas, and excessive exercise for at least 24-48 hours after the treatment, as these can exacerbate any redness or swelling.
2.Don’t pick or scratch at the treated area, as this can cause scarring or infection.
3.Limit your sun exposure and wear sunblock consistently for at least 2 weeks after the treatment to minimize the risk of irritation and hyperpigmentation.

Ready to experience smooth, hair-free skin that lasts all year-round?

Consult with our qualified providers here at Uplift Aesthetics in Oakdale, MN, for your own personalized treatment plan. Call now and schedule an appointment with us!