Post Treatment Laser Guidelines
Immediately after your laser treatment, there could be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site. This may last up to 2 hours, or longer depending on your skins sensitivity. The erythemacould in fact, last up to 2-3 days. The treated area will feel like a mild sun burn for a few hours after the treatment. Apply ice if necessary, during the first few hours, to reduce any discomfort or swelling that you may be experiencing
In rare cases, topical antibiotic ointment (Polysporin) may be used for 2-3 days, but usually this is not necessary. Our laser technicians recommend using aloe vera gel or ice after your treatment. Darker pigmented people may have more discomfort than lighter skin people and may require the aloe vera gel or antibiotic ointment somewhat longer.
If the area develops a scab, then apply an antibiotic ointment (Polysporin) to keep the area moist until the scab falls off. Allow the scab to fall off on its own, do not pick the area!
It is not recommended to apply make –up directly after your treatment as it clogs the freshly opened pores. If make-up is required it is recommended that you use NEW makeup to reduce the possibility of infection.
If the treatment looks infected and/or tenderness is obviously present, please contact the clinic for instructions.
Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation. If exposure is necessary, you should use a strong sunscreen (SPF 30 and UP) at all times throughout the course of your treatments.
Avoid picking or scratching the treated area. Do not use any other hair removal products or similar treatments (waxing, electrolysis or tweezing) after the laser treatment. Shaving may be done 1 -3 days after if there is no scabbing. DO NOT exfoliate the area!
Anywhere from 5-14 days after the treatment, shedding of the surface hair may occur and this might appear as new hair growth. This is NOT new hair growth. You can clean and remove the hair by washing or wipingthe area with a wet cloth or loofa sponge.
There are no restrictions on bathing except that you must treat the skin gently, avoid steam/heat and pools as the chlorine may irritate the area even more causing redness, swelling and discomfort.
Depending on the area being treated laser treatments should be done based on the recommendations of the Medical Technician doing your treatments. Based on the thickness of the hair treatments can be spread anywhere from 4-8 weeks apart in order to allow the proper amount of time for the hair growth cycle to occur in that particular area. Post treatment skin care instructions must be followed to prevent any complications. Please contact our MediSpa teamwith any questions or concern regarding your laser treatments