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Laser Hair Removal Aftercare: What to Do Post-Treatment – Greatist

On a quest for the smoothest method for permanent hair removal? So far, laser hair removal is the most effective method out there for gradually turning furry limbs into supple, seal-like ones.
So, if you’re ready to commit to (semi-) hairlessness, here’s what to expect after you go under the lasers.
To minimize side effects, your dermatologist will consider your unique skin and hair type, lifestyle, and medications in selecting the right laser and conducting the treatment.
After the lasers turn off, your work isn’t done. You still need to give the affected areas careful TLC to reduce the risk of side effects and ensure the best results.
Even if you follow your doc’s orders perfectly, normal side effects after the procedure include:
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), these should fade within 1 to 3 days.
Though laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure, taking care will ensure the smoothest (literally) results.
Your derm will give you specific instructions for caring for your skin post-procedure. In general, this is what the pros recommend.
The lasers heated your skin up — now it’s time to cool it back down. Apply a clean, soft wash cloth with cool water on the area frequently.
You may also use an ice pack wrapped in a paper towel to curb swelling and discomfort.
Your doctor may prescribe you a steroid cream to minimize any after-burn. You may also take Tylenol or an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory to soothe effects, but always chat with your derm to be sure.
Keeping your newly-smooth legs away from the beach for a month may feel like a major bummer, but it’s what the doctor ordered.
Since the affected area will be extra sensitive, avoid sun exposure to the treatment area for 1 month before and 1 month after the procedure. After that time’s up, go hard on the sunscreen.
Once you’re post-procedure, there’s also a number of things you should avoid while your skin heals.
Here’s what to add to your do *not* do list:
Still experiencing stubble after laser hair removal? That’s normal. According to the AADA, your first laser hair removal procedure will remove about 10 to 25 percent of your hairs in the treatment area.
Although tweezing and waxing are a no-go, you’re free to carefully shave after about a week post-laser. Just wait until any swelling, discomfort or discoloration, subsides, first.
Never shave skin if it’s:
According to the AADA, on average, most people need six treatments to fully remove hair.
Your skin care arsenal may need a temporary overhaul as you wait for your skin to heal. For at least a week after your procedure, remember to:
After laser hair removal, here’s what to do (and what not to do):
Last medically reviewed on October 29, 2021



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