- Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment. Tan skin cannot be treated. Treating tan skin runs the risk of pigmentation changes that may take months to resolve or become permanent.
- You must avoid bleaching, plucking, or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment.
- If you have had a history of perioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be started the day before treatment and continued one week after treatment.
- Avoid active skincare for about a week prior to your appointment.
- You may lightly exfoliate 3-4 days prior to your treatment.
- Hair should be closely shaved the night before treatment or approximately 12-24 hours prior.
- Don’t apply moisturizers, creams, or oils to the skin after showering on the day of your treatment.
Pregnant and/or breastfeeding women are not eligible for treatment until done breastfeeding. Other contraindications include: tanned skin, taking photosensitizing medications such as Accutane and some antibiotics, a current cold sore outbreak on the treatment area, and tattoos may not be lasered over.
Please call our office with any questions.
- Immediately after treatment, there may be erythema (redness) and follicular edema (swelling) at the treatment site. These expected side effects may last up to 2 hours, or longer for clients with darker skin types. The erythema may last up to 3 days. The treated area will feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment. The application of ice or pure aloe gel during the first few hours after treatment will reduce the discomfort and swelling that may be experienced. 15 Hydrocortizone cream is also appropriate to use for comfort and resolution of symptoms.
- Makeup may be used immediately post-treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation or darker pigmentation. Use SPF 30+ at all times through the course of treatment. If going on a trip involving sunning/tanning, allow at least 4 weeks between time of sun exposure and next treatment.
- Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any other hair removal treatment products or similar treatments (waxing, electrolysis, tweezing) that will disturb the hair follicle on the treatment area for 4-6 weeks after the laser treatment is performed. Shaving or clipping is okay.
- Call with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment. Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. Hair growth will not occur for at least 2 weeks after treatment. Re-treatment is recommended in 4-6 weeks for any areas above the collar bones, and 6-8 weeks for any areas below the collar bone.
- Any where for 5-14 days after treatment, shedding of the surface hair may occur and this appears as new hair growth. This is NOT new hair growth. You can clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth.
- After the underarms are treated, use a powder, instead of deodorant, for 24 hours after the treatment to reduce skin irritation.
- There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently, as if you have a sunburn, for the first 24 hours.