Laser Treatment Do's & Don'ts

January 12, 2022
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Laser Treatment's Do's

  1. DO your homework on the company you're discussing the laser treatment with, read their reviews, speak with the medical esthetician, ensure they are certified, have them answer all of your questions, confirm which laser machine they are using and perform some research on the equipment and its efficacy
  2. DO perform a patch test to assess any adverse reactions, while also observing the efficacy of the laser treatment
  3. DO consult your doctor if you're concerned about performing laser treatment while undergoing other medical procedures.
  4. DO exfoliate leading up to your laser treatment appointment, wait at least 2 weeks after your treatment to resume exfoliating again to help encourage the treated hair to come out.
  5. DO shave the day before/day of prior to your laser treatment appointment.
  6. DO take pain suppressing medication of your choice or topical creams like EMLA at least 1 hour prior to the laser treatment and continue it's application throughout the procedure should the appointment be longer than the prescribed effectiveness.
  7. DO come prepared with loose fitting clothes after your laser treatment appointment for more comfort and continue to wear loose clothing for the next few days to prevent any friction from tight wearing clothing that could harm the freshly treated areas.
  8. DO perform laser hair treatment during off seasons (Spring, Fall, Winter) when the sun is at its weakest and you may find yourself indoors more often which makes recovery much more manageable.
  9. DO apply ice during the laser treatment to help cool and numb the skin and after the treatment should you experience any swelling or discomfort.
  10. DO avoid direct sunlight on freshly treated skin for about 7 to 10 days.
  11. DO apply a non-comedogenic mild moisturizer that will keep the pores clear and healing.
  12. DO apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to 50 if avoiding direct sunlight is unavoidable only after 7 days after laser treatment and continue to apply throughout the day or use waterproof sunscreen to ensure constant coverage to keep these areas properly protected.
  13. DO shave between laser treatments if you wish to continue to be hair-free if exfoliating is not removing enough of the unwanted hair.
  14. DO apply natural Aloe Vera, which is typically used as a natural ointment for skin burns, which helps to nourish the skin while also helping to encourage healing and recovery.
  15. DO apply Polysporin Anti-itch Triple Antibiotic ointment cream on any burns or blisters that result from your laser treatment.
  16. DO advise your medical esthetician of any unexpected reactions, burns or blistering as they appear so it can be addressed and documented prior to your next appointment.

Laser Treatment's Don'ts

  1. DO NOT pluck, thread or wax for at least 8 weeks prior to your laser treatment appointment, including perform extractions which could just be ingrown hairs that will be target during the procedure.
  2. DO NOT perform laser treatment if you have a sunburn, have been in the sun for an extended period of time beforehand or have a darker tan than your natural skin tone.
  3. DO NOT use tanning beds or topical tanning products prior to laser treatment and throughout the duration of your laser treatment plan as the chemicals could damage the skin.
  4. DO NOT perform laser treatment if you're undergoing any other medical procedures or taking medication that will make your skin abnormally sensitive.
  5. DO NOT take Ibuprofen (Advil) or Aspirin as these medicines may react to the laser light.
  6. DO NOT take any hot baths, showers, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas or perform any activities that may cause you to sweat for at least a 3 to 7+ days or until you feel like your skin is not so sensitive anymore.
  7. DO NOT exercise after a laser treatment as you may use some machines that will cause rubbing on your newly treated skin or the clothes that you wear may actually cause unnecessary friction on these areas.
  8. DO NOT wax, pluck or thread in between laser treatment appointments.
  9. DO NOT treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, skin resurfacing, and dermal fillers between the laser hair removal sessions.
  10. DO NOT use perfumes, deodorants, harsh soaps and shaving gels for 2 to 3 days after laser treatment.

This may seem to be an exhaustive list and one might feel overwhelmed at the sheer knowledge one might need to perform laser treatment procedure but as you go through the lists, you may find that they are mostly common sense items. However, whenever in doubt, you should always speak to your medical esthetician to ensure you are comfortable with the procedure at every step of the way.

At MAIR we offer FREE consultation before, during and after the procedure and pride ourselves in client care and satisfaction. At MAIR, you are not just another client or another number and want to be fully open and transparent with every step of the procedure from the time you enquire, through to the payment, procedure and aftercare--we care about you!

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