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Do’s and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal Aftercare

April 17, 2024 | 2 min read
LHR Aftercare
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    Overview of laser hair removal process

    Laser hair removal treatment is a revolutionary method for achieving long-term body hair reduction. Before diving into the do’s and don’ts of aftercare, it’s important to understand the process itself, as well as the cost of laser hair removal to determine your options.

    Here’s a brief overview:

    Pre-treatment: To prepare for your laser hair removal session, it’s essential to shave the targeted area within 24 hours of your appointment. Avoid waxing or tweezing as this removes the hair follicle, which is necessary for effective treatment. Additionally, steer clear of exfoliating agents and sun exposure/UV rays to ensure optimal results. Make sure if you use any sunless tanners, these must be entirely removed from the skin prior to your treatment.

    During Treatment: During the session, you may experience warm flashes from the laser, which is normal and temporary.

    Post Treatment Care: Following the procedure, proper post treatment care is crucial for minimizing discomfort and maximizing results – learn more about how long you can expect laser hair removal to last. Below we detail what that generally looks like for clients.

    What You Should Do After Laser Hair Removal

    1. Soothe Skin Irritation: Is laser hair removal painful? You may experience some redness and slight swelling immediately after the laser treatment. If this is the case, apply aloe gel or cool packs to soothe the treated skin.
    2. Stay Cool: Steer clear of strenuous activities, hot water, or saunas for up to 24 hours to minimize skin irritation and redness.
    3. Sun Protection: Cover the treated area from direct sun exposure and maintain sun protection with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher throughout your treatment journey to protect your skin.
    4. Seek Guidance: If crusting or blistering occurs, contact your provider promptly for assessment and guidance.

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    What Not to Do for Laser Hair Removal Aftercare

    1. Avoid Harsh Products: Steer clear of exfoliants, retinoids, acne medications, or any products that may irritate or dry out the skin for several days post-treatment.
    2. No Rough Treatment: Resist the temptation to scrub or pick at the treatment area, as this can disrupt the healing process and lead to complications.
    3. Avoid Treatments. Refrain from any additional laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks post-treatment or until complete healing has occurred.

    Choosing Elase for Laser Hair Removal

    Mastering laser hair removal aftercare is essential for achieving the best possible results and maintaining the health of your skin. By following the do’s and don’ts outlined above, you can ensure a smooth and successful hair removal laser treatment journey with Elase. Say goodbye to unwanted hair and hello to silky-smooth skin with confidence and peace of mind.

    Reviewed by:

    Kylene May
    Medical Aesthetician Read Bio

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