How To Care for the Skin After Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair in some areas of your body, especially your face, can be unsightly and bothersome. While there are different methods you can use to remove these unwanted growths with varying results, laser surgery can be one of the most effective method for semi-permanent to permanent hair loss. During laser surgery, the laser energy heats the hair shaft, which in turn kills the hair follicle. Permanent hair loss can be achieved between four to eight treatments spread over a period between eight to sixteen months.

You can expect the skin in the treated area to be a bit red, irritated and swollen right after laser hair removal treatment. It can be compared to mild sunburn that usually disappears after a few hours. However, there are patients who recover more slowly and it may take them up to two days for the skin to return to normal condition.

Here are some ways to help alleviate the discomfort you may feel right after the laser treatment.

  1. Apply cold compress to the swollen area. You can soak a small towel in ice water, squeeze most of the water out and gently place it over the affected area. Continue the process until the swelling subsides. Or you can place some ice cubes in a plastic bag and place it directly on the affected area. You can also use aloe vera gel, or topical anti-inflammatory cream on the affected area.  Do note that this discomfort should only last from a few hours to a maximum of two days. Visit your doctor if the condition does not improve or disappear after that.
  2. Apply a recommended moisturizing cream on the skin where the hair has been removed. Daily moisturizing is advisable to keep the skin hydrated and supple.
  3. Avoid shaving the area that has been treated. Resume shaving about five days after the treatment. Waxing, plucking, bleaching, tweezing should be avoided after laser hair removal and in between treatments.
  4. Use a very mild moisturizing soap to clean the affected area after treatment. Avoid strong soaps that can dry the skin.
  5. The skin on the treated area is very sensitive after laser treatment. Use a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher before you go out of the house. Sun exposure can cause irritation and darken the areas that had been treated. This will greatly impact succeeding treatments as darker skin will likely burn during the laser treatment.
  6. The hair in the treated area will begin to shed a few days after the treatment. Use a very gentle cleanser with a loofah or a wash cloth to exfoliate the treated area to help remove the dead hair. The shedding can continue for about three weeks.

Laser hair removal treatment can be expensive and anything that has to do with laser treatments involves some risks. You should only go to a qualified professional to for your treatment and strive to know everything about the procedure and the effects after the laser hair removal.


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