Laser hair removal instructions

Pre-treatment Instructions
 Avoid waxing, tweezing, electrolysis and bleaching hairs for (10) days immediately before your treatment. If you are waxing we recommend that you discontinue while you are undergoing laser treatment.  Avoid sunbathing at least 3 days before and after treatment. We cannot treat sunburned skin and darkly pigmented skin may absorb a portion of the energy that should be striking the hair follicle, which will impact the desired results. If you should be exposed to strong sunlight for any length of time during your treatment schedule, wear SPF 30 to protect the treatment area  On the day of treatment, DO NOT use moisturizer, make-up, deodorant or apply oil of any kind to any area that will be treated.
 If your upper lip or chin is being treated, we may start you on an anti-viral therapy (Valtrex or Famvir) to prevent a herpes (cold sore) infection, starting one day before your treatment and continuing for 7 days total.
SHAVE prior to appointment. Usually the night before to have a clean area to be treated.
During the Procedure
You will feel some stinging and burning during the procedure. This is usually mild and very tolerable. Topical anesthesia usually is not To protect your eyes from the laser it is necessary to wear protective eyewear while being treated.
Post-treatment Instructions
Immediately after treatment there may be some redness and swelling at the treatment site. This may last for several hours or days.
No special skin care is usually necessary. For itching or discomfort apply Aquafor or Hydrocortisone 1% cream over the area as often as desired, bathe normally patting the area, DO NOT PICK the area, apply an antibiotic ointment and let it heal naturally.
Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment. Avoid sun exposure just prior to a treatment, as we cannot treat sunburned Shedding of the treated hair “root” may occur 7-14 days after treatment. This is not new hair growth. These hairs can be removed by wiping with a wet cloth, louffa, or buff puff.
Schedule your next appointment when you begin to see hair growth again. This may occur 4-6 weeks after treatment. Normally facial hair growth occurs in 4 weeks, while body hair usually takes 4-6 weeks.
Usually 4-6 treatments are required during the first year of treatment to permanently remove MOST of the hairs. Hairs that are not yet
permanently removed should become finer and lighter after treatment.
Avoid bathing or washing with very hot water. Use tepid water You may feel like you have a mild to moderate sunburn. Minor crusting or minor peeling of the surface layers of the skin is not unusual. Over the counter Hydrocortisone Cream and Aloe Vera Gel may help with redness or inflammation of your skin.
Avoid direct sun exposure after your treatment. If you do go in the sun, protect the treated area with sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
Avoid any irritating medications or chemicals, particularly on the face. Examples of these are Retin-A, Benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid


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