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Precautions to Take Following Laser Hair Removal Procedures

Posted By: Lic. Silvia Derasner | July 30th, 2015 | Blog

Woman receiving laser hair removal treatmentLaser hair removal treatment is a safe, effective, and permanent solution for removing unwanted hair. Despite much advancement in laser procedures, however, there is still no means of successful hair removal that doesn’t have an aftercare requirement. There are a few important things you should know about what to expect—and what to do—after your laser hair removal treatment:

Once You Get Home


There will be redness and possibly swelling at the treatment site for a few hours. This is normal. The redness may last for a few days but the swelling should go down after about three to five hours. Use a mild cleanser or regular water to gently wash and hydrate the area. It is very important that you only pat dry for the next three days following treatment. You can still bathe or shower during this time, but remember to avoid excessive heat and to treat the skin gently for the first day.

If a crust (normal but not always present) does not develop, you can resume using your regular skin care regimen, if any, the day after your treatment. However, avoid using products with alcohol, dye, or perfumes for the next week after your laser hair removal procedure. You can resume shaving the day after your procedure, but do so gently and carefully to avoid agitating the skin.

After about five days, sometimes up to 20, you will notice what looks like new hair growth on the treatment site. This is not new hair—it is the surface hairs that your body has shed as a result of the laser hair removal. Attempt to gently pull the hairs out. If the hair comes out smoothly, like it isn’t attached to anything, continue. If it feels like the hair is still attached, it hasn’t finished shedding yet. Wait two days and try again.

Make a note of how long it takes for the redness to go away and how long it took for the surface hairs to fall out so you can tell your skin care specialist at your next appointment. Since laser hair removal can only affect hair follicles that are in an active growth phase, it requires multiple sessions to successfully affect all of them. The information you provide will let your specialist better tailor the laser hair removal treatment to your specific case.

Things to Avoid

In addition to the above steps, there are a few things you are better off avoiding following your laser hair removal treatment to ensure a comfortable aftercare. They are as follows:

•Refrain from scratching the affected area.
•Sometimes, a crust may develop. If this happens, do not pick at it and let it fall off on its own.
•Do not rub or scrub the affected area for the first three days following treatment.
•Avoid direct sunlight throughout the course of your treatment. When you go outside, a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher should be applied to the affected area.
•Refrain from swimming, hot tubs, or similar activities until any redness, swelling, crusts, or blisters have gone away.
•It is very important not to mix hair removal methods. Refrain from waxing, electrolysis, or tweezing to prevent over-agitating the hair follicles.

Anti Aging Toronto Clinic: Your Partner in Laser Hair Removal

The exact number of laser treatments you’ll need will depend on your skin type and the size of the area to be treated. Keep these tips in mind after each session at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic and you’ll enjoy your smooth, hair-free skin in no time at all. For more information on our different skin care options, contact us to book appointment for Laser Hair Removal

With an MBA in computer science, Silvia started out in the IT field with proven success working on strategic initiatives with executive leaders to align an organization’s culture, capabilities, and structure, with business strategies. This career has lead her to a business path founding the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic in 2012. Silvia now holds a diploma in medical esthetics with interests in anti-aging skincare, evening out skin tone and texture, scalp hair regrowth, body contouring and laser hair removal treatments. Silvia believes in the importance of building open, trusting relationships with her clients and prides herself on excellent customer service. Whether it’s developing the business or awarding her clients with significant results, Silvia is committed to offering only the best. Silvia is the finance director and a medical esthetician at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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