Immediately after the treatments, there should be redness and bumps at the treatment area, which may last up to 2 hours or longer. You should apply an ice pack, as there may be mild swelling. It is normal for the treated area to feel like sunburn for a few hours. Apply gloBarrier Balm to your skin at this time. You should use a cold compress if needed. Avoid any trauma to the skin for up to 2-5 days, such as bathing with very hot water, strenuous exercise, or massage.
Makeup may be used after the treatment has quit swelling unless there is epidermal bleeding or blistering. It is recommended to use new makeup to reduce the possibility of infection. Keep the area moist this will help the dead hair exfoliate from the follicle, so use moisturizer frequently and freely on the treated area. Any moisturizer without alpha-hydroxy acids will work.
Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for 1-2 months and throughout the course of the treatment so as to reduce the chance of dark or light spots. Use SPF 30 sunscreen at all times throughout the treatment when going outside.
Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. DO NOT USE any other hair removal methods or products on the treated area during the course of your laser treatments, as it will prevent you from achieving your best results.
You may shower after the laser treatments, and use soap, deodorant, etc. the treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap. Skin should be patted dry and NOT rubbed. You may apply deodorant after 24 hours.
Anywhere from 5-30 days after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur and this may appear as new hair growth. This not new hair growth, but dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help the hair exfoliate by washing or wiping with a washcloth.
Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will occur for at least three weeks after treatment.
Stubbles, representing hair being shed from the hair follicle, will appear within 10-20 days from the treatment date. This is normal and will fall out quickly.
Call our office at 703-726-8100 with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment.