Pre-Care and After-Care for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal targets pigments in your hair follicles. It prevents or reduces the rate of hair regrowth. You must prepare accordingly before and after laser hair removal in Memphis. Even though most people have little to no side effects after the procedures, proper preparation makes the process smoother.

Pre-Care Tips

Before getting laser hair removal, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Shave the area of treatment at least 12 hours before the treatment
  • Do not wear tight-fitting clothes on the day of the appointment
  • Minimize exposure to UV lights before the treatment
  • Do not use tanning products eight weeks before the treatment
  • On the day of treatment, drink at least one liter of water
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke on the day of treatment
  • Avoid exercise and strenuous activities before treatment

Care Between the Treatment Sessions

  • Exfoliate the treatment area after four days to get rid of dead skin
  • Always wear SPF 50+ sunscreen to minimize exposure to UV lights
  • Avoid waxing or plucking out hair between your laser removal sessions
  • Speak with your esthetician before you start taking any medication
  • Do not apply fake tan to the treated area seven days before your next session

After Care Tips

You must continue to take care of your skin after receiving treatment. Keep the following after-care tips in mind:

  • Do not touch the skin in your treated area for 24 to 48 hours
  • Avoid applying excessive pressure to the skin for at least four days. Excessive pressure and scrubbing may cause infections.
  • Stay away from heat treatments like saunas, spas, and steam rooms for at least seven days
  • Minimize exposure to sunlight for at least two weeks after treatment
  • Avoid self-tanning for at least two weeks as it may cause hyperpigmentation
  • Do not exercise for a minimum of 48 hours
  • Do not apply bleaching creams to the affected area for at least 48 hours after treatment
  • If you experience crusting or blistering, avoid scratching or picking on the treated area as it may cause scarring
  • Minimize exposure to chlorine for at least 48 hours

Even though most people do not have adverse side effects, certain reactions are common. They include: 

  • Puckered skin
  • Excessive pain or discomfort
  • Marking or bruising on your skin
  • Excessive redness on your skin as the flow of blood increases
  • Blistering

Most of these reactions appear immediately. However, others may appear after 4 to 12 hours of treatment. They include:

  • Prolonged itching. Even though this is a common problem, your doctor may suggest that you use aloe vera or a calming cream
  • You may experience mild swelling
  • The treated area may remain fragile and sensitive for a long time
  • There is a risk of scarring, but it can be prevented with the use of SPF

If you have side effects that are difficult to manage, seek the help of your esthetician as soon as possible. They may recommend medication or solutions to take care of your symptoms. Proper care before, during, and after treatment could improve your experience.

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