Post-Treatment care is important to a safe and successful laser skin care procedure. Be sure to follow each step.
Day Of Treatment
- Apply Restorative Gel to help cool and soothe the skin. Daily use is recommended.
- Apply a zinc oxide sunscreen (SPF 30+) and use it daily throughout treatment.
- Avoid tight clothing, boots, heated seats, etc. The body needs time to cool down after treatment to avoid complications.
- Avoid activities that increase body temperature for at least 2 hours after treatment.
- Makeup and deodorant may be reapplied immediately if the skin is not irritated.
- Mild redness and swelling of the hair follicles may occur (histamine response). This is normal and should lessen with time. Avoid picking or scratching the skin. Cool cloths may be applied.
- Avoid sun exposure. Unprotected sun exposure may lead to undesired results, including hyperpigmentation (dark areas).
Day After treatment
- Continue to avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and other sources of UV light.
- Continue to use zinc oxide sunscreen daily.
- Continue to keep skin cool, using Restorative Gel.
- If redness, swelling, or itching continues, over-the-counter cortisone cream and/or an oral antihistamine (Benadryl) may be used in addition to cool cloths and Restorative Gel. Do not use ice.
- If the skin is broken, apply an antibiotic ointment to the area. Do not puncture blisters.
1 week after treatment
- Careful sun exposure may be resumed, with daily use of a zinc oxide sunscreen (SPF 30+). Consider waiting until next week to resume sun exposure.
- Exfoliate the treatment areas 2-3 times a week. This minimizes the risk of ingrown hair and encourages the shedding of treated hair.
2 weeks after treatment
- Shedding of treated hair continues. This is NOT new hair growth.
- Continue to exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
- Chemical peels and other laser procedures in the treatment area may be resumed.
- Artificial tanning may be resumed but is not recommended.
4 weeks and longer after treatment
- New hair growth will occur about 4-6 weeks after treatment on the upper body, but may not occur for 2-3 months on the lower body. Hair regrowth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body.
- Careful observation of when hair starts regrowth is necessary to optimize your treatments.
- The best way to minimize the risk of side effects is to avoid UV exposure for 7 days pre and post-treatment.
- Avoid sunburns and tans for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid sunless tanning products for 7 days before treatment.
- Provide your technician with an accurate and up-to-date medical history in order to receive safe and effective treatments.
- Side effects are uncommon but may include; Hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin), Hypopigmentation (loss of skin pigmentation), mild to moderate burns or blisters, permanent skin discoloration, temporary redness, follicular edema (little pink/red “puffiness, and small bumps like “goosebumps”), swelling and itching in the treated area, hives, rashes, bruising, and lack of desired results.
- Clients who are pregnant cannot be treated.
- Technicians cannot treat over tattoos.
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