Prior to undergoing laser hair removal.
To begin, do not expose the treated region to the sun or a sunbed before undergoing laser therapy. When sun exposure is inevitable, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or better yet, a comprehensive sunblock with an SPF of 50.
Six weeks before the procedure, you must refrain from plucking, waxing, or bleaching your hair. The effectiveness of laser therapy depends on the preservation of the hair's root and pigment.
The day or night before your appointment, shave the region that will be treated. Because there will be no hair on the surface to absorb the laser's energy, this will prevent thermal harm to the skin's surface. It will allow the laser to target the hair follicle directly. It will also allow the skin to recover if it gets injured during shaving.
During the laser hair removal procedure.
Certain safety precautions must be taken during the operation. Protective eyewear is required for the patient and anybody else in the laser chamber to avoid retinal injury. A cooling air jet is utilized in conjunction with the laser to reduce epidermal damage and improve patient comfort. A local anesthetic can be used if desired.
Following laser hair removal.
Immediately after treatment, the region around the follicles may develop erythema (redness and swelling), which resembles huge goosebumps.
After a laser resurfacing, 10 to 20% of the treated hairs will fall out in 2 to 3 weeks. During the healing process, the affected region must be handled with care. Do not scrape or rub. Allow a crust to form and fall off on its own. To keep the treated region wet, apply a thin coating of aloe vera ointment several times a day. Dry the area with a towel. If the region is swollen or crusting, don't shave it.
When swelling begins, use ice. Wrap the ice in a soft towel to keep it clean. Paracetamol can be used to relieve pain or stinging. Ibuprofen and aspirin should not be taken since they may react with the laser light. If you need to apply make-up to the area, do so slowly and carefully.
Excessive rubbing might cause the treated region to open up, increasing the risk of scarring. Avoid sports and hard exercise for two days after your laser hair removal treatment. However, walking is suggested.
For two or three days, avoid really hot baths, showers, steam baths, or saunas, and don't swim in strongly chlorinated water. For the next 24 to 48 hours, avoid using bleaching treatments or perfumes. For one week, refrain from exfoliating or peeling. For two or three days, try to avoid wearing tight clothes. Contact the clinic if you see any indications of infection, such as pus, discomfort, or a fever. To avoid issues, follow the post-treatment skincare guidelines.