Laser Hair Removal Aftercare Instructions
You have finally made the jump and decided to say goodbye to a lifetime of razors and pesky body hairs. Congrats! Laser hair removal is the option to have hairless and smooth skin. However, you may be wondering just exactly what you should do after laser hair removal. Continue reading our easy laser hair removal post-care instructions and be ready for every step of the way.
What to expect after laser hair removal?
You know how laser hair removal works and what it’s going to happen during your consultation, but are you unsure what happens after? Let’s review the technology behind it to understand the necessary post laser hair removal aftercare.
Lasers eliminate hair by delivering highly concentrated pulses of light into the follicles of unwanted hair. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the laser’s light and heat. This results in a damaged hair follicle, which impedes the hair’s ability to re-grow. After this procedure, your skin will be sensitive and a little bit swollen, especially in places like the bikini area or upper lip. Additionally, some people will experience itching after laser hair removal.
What are some side effects post hair laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a very safe non-invasive procedure. This means you won’t get any open wounds on your skin and that the follicle damage is controlled and minimal. There aren’t many side effects or risks of eliminating your body hair with laser. Nonetheless, consider that your skin will be sensitive, red or swollen for a day or two after your first appointment. It is important to mention that if it isn’t properly administered, post laser hair removal care can turn into a serious matter. For example, people who tend to have allergies can develop rashes or severe itching.
Lasers are powerful tools, so they should only be administered by board-certified cosmetic dermatologists such as Dr. de la Fuente.
Post-Laser hair removal Tips
To make the best of your laser hair removal aftercare follow these simple tips and enjoy a problem free recovery!
Wear comfy clothes: To help your skin heal and to prevent itching after laser hair removal, be sure to wear loose clothing, if possible choose cotton fabric. This means no skinny jeans or tight blouses for a day or two. Trust us, your skin will thank the breathability cotton has to offer.
Relax: We are big fans of exercise and all its benefits, but skip the gym for a day or two after your hair laser removal procedure. Sweating and too much movement can cause irritation.
Cold over hot: After your appointment, your skin will be sensitive, so avoid showering in hot temperatures. Try to go for tepid or lukewarm water instead. This also applies to saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzi. Relax, after 48 hours your skin will be back to normal.
Avoid sunlight: One of the most important tips of laser hair removal aftercare is to protect your skin from sunlight. If possible, avoid sunlight altogether for 24-48 hours after your appointment. Then, you should always apply SPF 50+ sunscreen if your treated area is exposed to UV light. Additionally, stop any fake tans at least a week before your appointments.
Watch out for the right products: Another post laser hair removal care tip is to be careful about the cosmetic products you use. Your skin will be irritated so try to use “gentle” products to avoid any adverse reactions. For best recommendations, talk to your physician during your appointments. For example, you can use an aloe vera gel to soothe your skin, but don’t use any mineral make up until you finish the healing process. A good idea might be to exfoliate the treatment area five days after your appointment and once or twice a week. This will help your skin to be in top condition.
Take the first step toward attaining freedom from shaving and waxing by contacting VIDA Wellness and Beauty. To schedule your laser hair removal appointment now, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling 619-738-2144 (toll-free).