Laser 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
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.