How To Care for Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal

SkincareLaser hair removal can provide you with soft, smooth skin without the need for razors or waxing, making it a popular choice. While you are unlikely to develop bumps or ingrown hairs like you would if you shaved, you can still follow a few skincare tips to care for your freshly treated skin.

Does Laser Hair Removal Have Side Effects?

Laser hair removal is safe, and the risk of side effects is low. Following your session, you may notice slight redness, irritation, or swelling, but this is completely normal and should subside within several hours.

Skincare Tips for Treated Skin

Cold Compresses

If you are experiencing any irritation, redness, or swelling, apply cold compresses to soothe the area and reduce swelling. You can use an ice pack or wrap some ice in a dry cloth and apply it to the area for five to 10 minutes a few times throughout the day until they subside.

Loose Fit Clothing

In addition to wearing loose clothing to your treatment, you should continue this for the next few days. The area where you are having the treatment done may retain heat, and the friction of tight clothing can further irritate the area.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Avoid direct sun exposure by wearing sunscreen and reapplying every couple of hours. A sunburn can further irritate the area and redden the skin. This also means that you should not be using tanning lotions or oils. Opt for SPF 30 and above to protect the skin.

Avoid Swimming & Saunas

Since the skin will be sensitive for the next 48 hours after your treatment, the chemicals and bacteria in the water can cause irritation or infection. It’s best to avoid pools, saunas, jacuzzis, rivers, and the ocean.

Postpone Cosmetic Treatments

If you were planning to have cosmetic treatment on the same area as your laser hair removal, wait at least two weeks. That includes chemical peels, IPL, or treatments involving microdermabrasion. The skin will still be too sensitive for treatments such as these.

Schedule Your Next Session Today

If this was your first session, be sure to schedule your next laser hair removal session in Hattiesburg, MS, with the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg. Using state-of-the-art lasers, they can provide you with high-quality services. Schedule an appointment today at (601) 296-3405.

Stop waxing and shaving with laser hair removal!

If you are tired of regular waxing, shaving, plucking, and depilatory creams, you may want to take time to talk to the team at the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg in Hattiesburg, MS, to discuss the benefits of specialized treatments such as laser hair removal.

Below are just a few reasons why patients choose laser hair removal to effectively reduce or eliminate unwanted hair of the face or body:

  • Laser hair removal is a long-lasting solution. Laser hair removal is a great solution for those looking for a long-term solution to unwanted hair. Unlike waxing, shaving, or other forms of hair removal, laser treatment targets the root of the problem: the hair follicle. This means that the hair will no longer grow back once the follicle is destroyed.
  • It’s safe and effective. Laser hair removal is one of the most common and popular cosmetic procedures worldwide because it is safe and effective. The FDA approved several different types of lasers for use in hair removal, so you can be sure that you’re getting a treatment that is backed by science.
  • There is no downtime. One of the wonderful things about laser hair removal is there is no downtime. You can go about your day as usual after your treatment. There might be mild redness and swelling in the area treated, but this usually goes away within a few hours.
  • It’s affordable. Laser hair removal is an attainable option for those looking for a long-term solution to unwanted hair. The cost of treatment varies dependent on the size of the area being treated, but it is generally much cheaper than other hair removal methods such as waxing or electrolysis.
  • It’s convenient. Laser hair removal is a convenient solution for those who want to remove unwanted hair permanently. Treatments are completed right in our office and are fast and straightforward, allowing patients to return to their day with little interruption as possible.

Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg today!

If you are considering laser hair removal or reduction and want to speak with a professional in the Hattiesburg, MS area, connect with Drs. William Reno III and Paul Talbot by calling 601-296-3405. Our facility is open to new and returning patients considering surgical and nonsurgical treatments for the face and body.