What are the precautions, I should take immediately before treatment?
Following are the instructions you must follow immediately before a laser hair removal treatment session, say the night before your appointment.
You should take before pics of the treatment area, you should shave it gently prior to your treatment session. Shaving does hasten the required time of treatments!
For treatment on the face, try not to wear any makeup, before using the device.
Avoid scheduling the laser hair removal procedure immediately before your period (MC) or during your period. The process may feel to be more painful during this time. If you are an apprehensive type of person, then its best to postpone until your periods (normal or abnormal) are over.
Guys! You are ready to go… PERIOD! 😉
What happens to the skin after treatment?
Like every other thing regarding laser hair removal therapy, post treatment impacts also could vary from person to person. The factors causing this difference are the same, like skin tone, hair colour, skin and hair type etc.
While talking about the immediate effect of laser therapy over your skin, it is good to remember that laser is heat, after all… and could bear the same effects, like sunburn – milder and negligible though.
It could manifest in the form of your skin becoming pinkish red after about 30-40 minutes of continuous exposure to the lasers.
This sunburn-like, normal reaction of the skin wanes in a day or two, and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about it much!
However, care should be taken to avoid infections by maintaining proper hygiene of the treated areas. Especially so, when you are prone to develop infection! For example, those suffering from diabetes mellitus, or those who are on steroids for any reason.
Your doctor must already be taking care of this by prescribing some topical prophylactic antibiotic cream, in case you have provided him with your medical history properly.
Dressing or bandage of the skin is not required after laser hair removal treatment.
What are the post-treatment instructions?
What should I do after I am treated?
Done with your laser hair removal session? Here are a few post-treatment instructions to help you out with the aftercare…
- Continue using a sunscreen and/or moisturizer for the entire treatment period, and a week or two afterwards.
- Avoid washing your face or treated skin with hot water.
- Avoid anything irritating to the skin. This includes makeup and any product containing Retin-A, retinol, glycolic/salicylic acids, benzyl peroxide, or astringents for at least 2 days.
- Take a note that, although a plenty of your unwanted hairs are shed right away during laser treatment, others may take 1-3 weeks to fall off.
- Do not forget to ask your doctor for more elaborate narration of aftercare titbits.
In how much time I can expect to see the results?
To keep it simple, hair treated in a single session of laser hair removal would continue to fall for the next 2 months or so.
You could expect to see the full and final outcome, past a month or two after your last treatment. Until this deadline is met, you need to be patient.
Do not judge the final results right away! Especially when you see a few new hairs resurface over your skin. These are mostly the treated hair which are about to fall off. They will fall of naturally.
* Important * Do not bleach, wax or pluck your hair throughout the laser hair removal treatments.