Removing hair with the help of laser treatment is one of the best ways to prevent any unwanted hair from coming back. It’s a generally safe operation with a very high success rate. Although it could be a little bit expensive compared to other types of hair removal, the long term savings is clearly noticeable because of its efficiency.
But removing hair through laser doesn’t happen overnight. There are a few things a patient should do to ensure success or prevent any form of side effects.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Like most skin treatments using laser treatment, redness of the skin should be expected. The upper layer of the skin is greatly affected by the laser but it should heal very quickly even without the aid of medicine. It is expected that the skin should have a reddish color for the first few days. Aside from reddish skin, swelling should be expected. More often than not, these are small bumps in the follicles. To avoid additional skin discoloration, the skin should not be in contact with anything hot on the first day of treatment or at least 24 hours.
Treating the Irritated Area
Scratching, waxing, tweezing or plucking the hair in the treated area is not allowed. If the swelling persists, the affected area should be applied with an ice pack. It is also possible that the treated area is itchy. Instead of scratching, antibiotic ointment should be applied.
To prevent irritation, moisturizer should be applied to the laser treated area at least three times a day. If the laser treated area is also painful, many doctors recommend Tylenol.
It’s also important to remember that the laser treated area should never be rubbed in any way. After taking a shower, pat the laser treated area instead of rubbing to avoid any type of irritation.