Pre and Post Laser Care 2019-08-16T16:18:38+00:00

Pre and Post Laser Care

Pre LASER Treatment Recommendations (Hair Removal)
● Do not wax, pluck, use depilatory creams or undertake electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment and in between treatments.
● Do not use prescription strength Exfoliant creams (Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy) for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
● Do not shave for up to 2 weeks prior to first time treatment. Please shave the night before all subsequent treatments.
● Avoid tanning, including self-tanning lotions, tanning bed/booths or sun exposure, for 4 weeks prior to and in between treatments. A sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater should be used on any area of sun exposed skin, which you plan to treat.

Post LASER Treatment Recommendations (Hair Removal)
● A mild sunburn-like sensation is anticipated. This usually resolved within 2-3 hours of treatment but may persist for up to 2 days. Application of chilled aloe vera gel or an ice pack every hour for 5-10 minutes may be soothing to the skin. Continue until symptoms subside.
● Avoid sun exposure to treated areas. Apply a sun block with SPF 30 or greater daily to sun-exposed treated areas between treatments and for 4-6 weeks after last treatment.
● Bathe or shower and usual. Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Avoid use of strongly scented lotions or soaps, prescription strength exfoliant creams, loofah sponges and aggressive scrubbing to treated areas during healing phase.
● Allow any blistered or open areas to heal spontaneously. If healing is delayed, a thin coating of antibiotic ointment may be advised. Do not pick at these areas. Picking may result in infection or scarring. Allow any crusting to heal spontaneously, crusting will resolve in 3 to 14 days. Applications of antibiotic ointment is not recommended for crusting.
● Appearance of “stubble” may appear in 1 to 14 weeks. This is not hair re-growth. It is the remnant of treated hairs being expelled from the LASER damaged follicle. Allow this hair to fall out of the skin on its own or by gently washing with a warm wet wash cloth. Do not pluck or tweeze. You may shave during this period.
● Best results are obtained on clients who have follow up treatments immediately after hair starts to grow. You clinician will advise you when you should schedule your next appointment. It is important to adhere to this regime.

Pigmented Lesions Post Treatment
● A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually lasts 2 to 24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolved in 2 to 3 days. In some cased, prolonged redness or blistering may occur.
● The lesion may initially look raised and/or darker with a redder perimeter. Apply cool/ice compress to treatment areas for 10-15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation.
● The lesion will gradually turn darker over the next 24 to 48 hours. It may turn dark brown or even black.
● The lesion will progress to scabs/crusting and will start flaking off in 2 to 3 days.
● The lesion is usually healed in 7 to 10 days. It will continue to fade over the next 2 to 4 weeks.
● Direct sunlight to the treated area should be avoided. Daily application of a SPF 30 is recommended to prevent development of new lesions.
● There is a possibility of hair loss in the treated area, when being treated for pigmented lesions.

IMPORTANT – with all LASER treatments described above, the following recommendations apply:
● Until redness has completely resolved, avoid all of the following:
– Applying cosmetics on treated areas
– Swimming, especially in pools with chemical/chlorine
– Hot tubs and Jacuzzis
– Activities that cause excessive perspiration
– Avoid sun exposure to treated areas
– Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs as this will cause unwanted side effects
 Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30+ daily to sun exposed skin, AND REAPPLY AS DIRECTED BY PRODUCT INSTRUCTIONS
 Increased photosensitivity to UV, laser can occur when taking certain medications. During your treatment programme, if you have commenced or changed dosage with the following medications, you must advise our clinician:
1. Antibiotics – doxycycline (acne), minocycline, Tetracyclines, Sulphonamides
2. Antihistamines – Diphenhydramone, Cyproheptadine
3. Antidepressants
4. Herbal preparations – St Johns wort, Ginko Biloba, citrus oils, Herbal HRT therapies
Taking these medication does not exclude you from LASER treatments; however extra precautions are applicable in these cases

For any questions or concerns please contact the salon

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