Laser Hair Removal - Post-Treatment Care

Laser Hair Removal – Post-Treatment Care

tamra-sunWith several medical spas in the Pleasanton and Dublin area (such as American Laser Skincare in Pleasanton) closing, I am seeing many new laser hair removal patients.

Many of my new patients were not aware of what to expect post-laser hair removal. In the following article, I will do my best to highlight what you can expect after your laser hair removal treatment with me.

Ready to take the plunge and enjoy a less hairy you? Contact me today for a complimentary consultation for laser hair removal!

IMMEDIATELY POST LASER TREATMENT

You may experience possible brief swelling and/or mild redness which subsides in a few hours or less post treatment. Sun screen is recommended.

1-3 WEEKS POST LASER TREATMENT

You may notice more hair as the follicles in the growing cycle begin to shed. The shedding process will look like stubble that is pushing its way out of the follicle. Exfoliating during this process will help hairs shed faster.

 SOME RE-GROWTH IS NORMAL!

Remember that the Laser can only disable the hair/follicles in the growing phase which is usually 10-15% of total hair volume. The follicle in the resting phase “wake -up” and will remain growing until they reach the growing phase and can be disabled at the next treatment creating the shedding phase that follows 1-3 weeks post treatment.

HOW TO GET OPTIMAL RESULTS

Shave re-growing hair or use a chemical depilatory such as Nair (but not within 2 days of your next appointment!) Do not pluck, tweeze, wax or thread between appointments (new hair growth.)

Your first few treatments are scheduled every 4-5 weeks apart.  As the hair cycle slows down,  treatments are scheduled 6-8 weeks apart. It typically takes 6-12 treatments depending on area, color/thickness of hair and color of skin. In certain cases, periodic maintenance appointments are required and are scheduled as needed.