What Should I Do After Laser Hair Removal?

Our previous post talked about the importance of sufficient preparation before a laser hair removal procedure here at our Mentor laser cosmetics practice. Today, we’re going to talk about the post-treatment measures to help you get the results you want.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Before figuring out what needs to be done after a laser hair removal session, it is best to know what to expect hours, days, and weeks after the treatment:

  • Redness and/or itchiness of the affected area. This is common during the first 24 hours following treatment as the laser can also irritate the skin a bit. While this is a normal occurrence, you might want to give us a call if it persists for more than a day or two.

  • Shedding is also a normal occurrence within 3 weeks following treatment as the follicles shed the hairs that were in their “growing phase” while in treatment. They will look like blackheads or a dark stubble trying to push its way out of a follicle.

  • Regrowth will occur as the follicles that were in their “resting phase” will evolve into their “growing phase” and start growing over the next few weeks. This is why repeat treatments are necessary.

You can take the following steps to make your post-treatment easier and consequently reduce the above-mentioned occurrences:

  • Do not tweeze, wax or pluck your hairs. Shaving or cutting regrowths is recommended as you need to leave the shafts of hair for the next laser treatment to be effective.

  • Continue to use sunscreen and avoid getting sunburn in between treatments.

  • Exfoliate for at least 3 times a week by using a washcloth or an exfoliating scrub. This will help shed dead skin cells and accelerate the shedding process following treatment.

  • Keep track of medications, vitamins or supplements that you’re taking as they may be contraindicated with your laser treatments. Inform us about your current medications and alert us whenever you have a new prescription.

Permanent Hair Reduction in Mentor, Ohio at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics

The Pain-Free, Hair-Free IPL hair removal treatment at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics is safe and has been described as one of the most comfortable laser hair removal options available. Call us at 440.639.3223 or fill out this contact form if you’d like to know more about our laser hair removal treatments!