Hair removal generally takes 10-15 treatments depending on your skin type, to get full benefits, which are spaced 4-6 weeks apart (may be longer). Laser hair treatments are accomplished once every four to six weeks. Results are best viewed between one and two weeks after each session. Re-treatment to the area varies with each client. In some areas there may be re-growth, in other areas the hair may become finer in texture. Many enjoy results for years to come before seeing additional treatments. On the day of your appointment make sure to completely the desired area the morning of your appointment.
Preparation For Hair Removal
1. All evidence of sunburn or prior inflammation must be resolved prior to treatment.
2. Avoid tanning, body bronzing and tanning beds 2 weeks prior to treatment and wear sunscreen during daylight hours.
3. Do not wax or have electrolysis 3 weeks before treatment.
4. The following are conditions that require a waiting period prior to Laser hair removal
Photosensitizing Medication …………………2 weeks
Glycolic acid, Retin A, or Renova .………….. 1 week
Bleaching (hair)……………………………………..1 week
Depilatory Cream…………………………..…… 2 weeks
Waxing and Sunburn…………………………. ..3 weeks
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT THESE DIRECTIONS BE FOLLOWED!
What To Expect
Mild swelling may occur because treated follicles have been heated, the area may swell somewhat for a short period of time.
Swelling results from heat, not infection, and is therefore normal and expected.
There is a low probability that crusts may form in some spots. Crust formation can result in scars.
Again, this does not mean infection and does not mean area will scar. Do not pick at the crusting! Freckles can result as a consequence of treatment.
You may notice dead hair surfacing 1-21 days after treatment. Although this hair may appear to be new growth, it is not. This process is called purging (the body ejected dead hair shafts), which may take as long as 3 weeks to complete.
You should wipe away these hairs with a damp cloth.
Care For The Treated Area
Sunburn sensation and mils swelling is normal Cold compress, aloe and Hydrocortisone Cream should be applied for 1-2 hours after treatment. If itching occurs continue using cold compress and Hydrocortisone (1%) cream.
– If you have any discomfort, you may take Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Advil (if not contradicted by any other medical conditions you may have).
– If any irritation occurs, avoid using products that could irritate the skin and avoid makeup until irritation resolves.Pat dry after showering. Do not rub or pick the treated area(s).
– A mild healing ointment (i.e., Aquaophor) will be recommended to you immediately after treatment. You can obtain these creams over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. Apply healing cream topically twice on the day of your treatment to soothe the skin. Apply this cream the day after your laser hair removal treatment as needed.
– If there is any inflammation or irritation in the treated area, refrain from shaving until it resolves. Trim hair with scissors if necessary.
Once sensitivity of treated area resolves itself, we recommend gentle exfoliation with a loofah or “Buf Puf”.Consult with your physician before taking any medication.
Do not scratch, pick or tweeze the treated area(s). Scratching or picking a treat areas will have the same result as picking any scab or pimple, the area could scar or become infected. Keeping the area moist, clean and free from fragrances will enhance the healing process.Wear clothing and sunblock (SPF 30 or higher) to protect the treated area(s) from direct sun exposure. Be sure to reapply sunblock throughout the day.
It is imperative to the success of future treatment(s) and overall healthy skin, to protect your skin from exposure.