Mild swelling and redness commonly occurs at the site of treatment for the first few hours post treatment. Some may experience slight discomfort or itching for several days post treatment, and may find it beneficial to apply ice packs, a soothing gel, or take antihistamines (Telfast). Hot water, heat and tight clothing should be avoided for the first few hours post treatment.
Due to the swelling and heat associated with laser treatment, it is recommended to avoid any physical activity that increases the body’s temperature 24 hours post treatment. Excessive perspiration can lead to infected follicles, and chemicals present in pools and spas can aggravate a compromised skin. Maintaining a cool, clean skin can expedite recovery time.
Retinols, glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and exfoliants should be avoided for at least 1 week post treatment. Make-up, deodorants and perfumes may be applied 24 hours post treatment. Exposed areas should be protected with a SPF 30+ sunscreen immediately after treatment.
Hair in the treated area will take approximately 2 weeks to dislodge. It is recommended not to shave during this period as the 1-2mm growth assists the hair to fall out. Variations in the rate of hair fall is based on hair colour, hair thickness, and body location. If needed, limited shaving or trimming is permitted between treatments, but is mandatory 1-2 days prior to treatment.
Not everyone is suitable for laser hair removal. Certain factors such as medications, skin type, hair colour, and sun exposure may influence whether or not an individual is suitable for laser treatment. Laser is not effective on white, grey or blonde hair.