Are you thinking about having laser hair removal? It’s an excellent way to rid your body of unwanted hair anywhere! Here are some basic tips about the process and after-treatment care. But first, meet Sarah, our aesthetician who will be performing your laser hair removal.
Our licensed aesthetician, Sarah, studied at the Douglas J. Aveda Institute, and has spent her career in the medical aesthetics field since graduation. She has extensive experience with personalized facials, waxing and brow tinting, as well as advanced training in chemical peels, dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. Sarah is passionate about providing Dr. Elluru’s patients with beautiful, glowing youthful skin! Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Sarah!
Effective hair removal via laser requires 6-8 sessions. Why so many? Only about 30% of our hair is in “growth phase” at any given time. Because the laser only treats those “active” hairs, only 30% of hair is treated at a time. Only the visible hair can be treated with the laser at each session. After 6-8 treatments, most of the hair in the treated area has been eliminated. There is no 100% guarantee and every patient is different. Sarah will carefully note your progression and let you know if you need fewer or more treatments for full clearance.
On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, don’t use lotions, makeup or deodorant on any areas that to be treated. If you’re coming from work, you can wash off those items before the treatment. You can apply makeup immediately after your treatment, if you wish. Just be careful not to irritate your lasered skin when you remove the makeup later.
If you use Retin-A, hydroquinone and/or Retinol products, they should be discontinued 3 days prior to treatment. Depending on your skin sensitivity, you can resume their use about 3-5 days after your laser hair removal treatment.
Although laser hair removal isn’t painful, there is a bit of discomfort during the treatment itself, and minor swelling and redness in the treated area after the procedure. The swelling usually goes away within a few hours, and the redness may linger for 2-3 days. The treated area may feel a bit like a sunburn for a few hours. Applying ice packs and/or aloe vera gel can minimize both swelling and redness, and cool your skin. Most patients do not develop blisters after laser hair removal. However, if you have very sensitive skin and you notice any blisters, notify us immediately.
During the course of your 6-8 treatments, we advise that you avoid direct sun exposure on the treated skin. Don’t scratch or pick at the skin or use any hair removal products like depilatories, waxes or electrolysis. Doing so irritates the hair follicles. You can shave between treatments, however.
To lessen the risk of irritating your tender underarm skin, use baby powder (cornstarch) under your arms for the first 24 hours after each treatment instead of applying deodorant.