Congratulations on finally deciding to get rid of that pesky body hair with laser hair removal! This may have been a tough decision to make, but it’s one that you’ll be happy that you made for years to come.
Now it’s time to understand how to take care of yourself with laser hair removal aftercare. At Pure Touch Laser Center, we always advise our patients on what to do before and after getting laser hair removal. We want to ensure that the process goes as smoothly and successfully for each patient as possible.
In case you’ve forgotten about what to do after your treatment, we’ve put together a list of need-to-do items to ensure proper laser hair removal aftercare. Let’s get started!
Avoid Extended UV Exposure For 7 Days After Treatment
It can be difficult to completely avoid the sun after the treatment, and we understand that. However, we advise our clients to do their best. If you need to be in the sun for an extended period of time, make sure you’ve covered up the treated areas as well as possible.
We would also recommend using sunblock should you need to be out in the sun. Use a sunblock that is at least SPF 30 or higher. We would also recommend that you continue to use it for ongoing maintenance to take proper care of your skin. Make sure to apply a good amount on your skin.
Try To Avoid Sweating
We know you spend plenty of time in the gym and you’re eager to get back in there. However, we recommend not working out or avoid doing anything that will cause you to sweat for at least 24 hours after your procedure. You’ll have plenty of time to get back into your workout routine afterwards!
Don’t Remove Any Hairs
After your treatment, avoid plucking, tweezing, or waxing out any hairs that you see. Doing this will remove the hair from its shaft and will make it difficult for the laser to pick it up during your next treatment. This is vital to laser hair removal aftercare.
Treating Discomfort For Laser Hair Removal Aftercare
Everyone’s body is different, so naturally people will react differently to their treatment. Should you feel any discomfort, an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol can be used to alleviate any pain.
We also recommend using aloe vera on any areas of skin that may feel discomfort due to heat. The aloe vera will cool your skin down and ease some discomfort.
Avoid Other Skin Treatments
We understand that you want to keep your body looking right and may be in the process of doing other treatments for your skin. However, we recommend avoiding any other chemical procedures or treatments to your skin for approximately two weeks after your treatment. Let your skin go through its healing process. You don’t want to spend this time, energy, and money only to do something that can affect your healing process.
Do Not Puncture Any Skin
Should you see any blisters, please do not puncture them. This will cause damage to your skin and can potentially leave marks. Should your skin break, you can use an antibiotic on your skin to help heal it. You can speak with your healthcare provider for recommendations.
Avoid Very Hot Water
When you’re going to shower or bathe, avoid extremely hot water contacting your skin. Instead, opt for lukewarm water for at least 24 to 48 hours post treatment.
Makeup And Perfume
Do not apply any makeup or perfume to your treated area for at least 24 to 48 hours post treatment.
Laser hair removal is quite a common procedure that has advanced over the years. As a result of these advancements, complications are rare, but can still develop. Redness, blisters, and swelling are some of the side effects that some patients have reported.
We know life can get in the way of taking care of yourselves sometimes. You’re busy with your work, family, and friends, but you also understand the needs that your body has. You’ve taken the time and effort to see us and treat your skin, so why ruin it by not practicing proper laser hair removal aftercare? As always, if you have any questions you can always contact our specialists.