Here is what you might expect in the hours, days and weeks following your laser hair removal:
- Pinkness, redness or itchiness. The laser has done its job in disabling your hair follicles. The treatment may irritate your skin a little, residual itchiness or pinkness is normal for up to 24 hours after.
- Shedding: One to three weeks after your initial treatment, you may notice less hair growth and maintenance. During this process the follicles shed the hair that was in the growing phase of their cycle, which is the anagen (the first phase of the hair cycle). The shedding process will look like blackheads or stubble that is pushing its way out of the follicle. Exfoliating is most important during this process so the hair can be shed more easily.
- Some regrowth: It is important to remember that the laser only disables the follicles of the hair that was in its growing phase. The follicles that were resting will start to "wake up” over the course of the next few weeks, and you may experience hair growth.
In order to make your hair removal treatment most effective, the following tips would allow for better results.
- Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation.
- Exfoliate: once a week after the laser treatment by using an exfoliating scrub or a washcloth in the shower on the area where you had the hair removed. The reason for this is to allow the shedding process to happen unhindered by dead skin cells and other debris. You don’t want to irritate your skin, so be gentle!
- Cut or shave growing hair: Don’t tweeze, pluck or wax new growth! Remember that your next appointment will be in four to eight weeks, and you will need to leave the hair in their shafts in order for the laser to work effectively. You can cut, trim or shave hair as necessary. You can also use a chemical depilatory, such as Nair, in between appointments, but not within two days of your next treatment.
- Continue to use sunscreen: You want your skin to be as light as possible during your treatments, so do not tan or forget sunscreen. Be careful as sunburn may irritate your skin in addition to the irritation caused by the laser. Use SPF 30 sunscreen for two weeks before and after each treatment.
- Keep track of any medications taken:
- If you need to take a prescription, over-the-counter or herbal medication, talk to your healthcare provider about your laser hair removal treatments. Also, call our laser hair removal specialist to find out whether there is a contraindication. Your next appointment can always be rescheduled if necessary.
- Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment as long as the skin is not irritated.
- After the laser treatment of underarms, it is recommended to use powder instead of a deodorant for 24 hours.
Your Laser Specialist will give you all the necessary advice and book your next appointment within 4 to 6 weeks and/or 2 to 3 months depending on the required treatment. In some cases, you may have to return for periodic maintenance, if needed. For any laser session booked, it is recommended to apply Emla Cream 30 minutes before your appointment. Remember to talk to your specialist about any extracts coming from the heart of Switzerland to guarantee visible and long-lasting results. questions or concerns that you may have.
If something does not feel right after treatment, please do not hesitate to call and ask your Laser Specialist at 04 382 0019.