First time laser hair removal patients need to be guided through the appropriate post-care procedures following laser hair removal treatment. Therapists should explain to patients how the body generally reacts to treatment and the appropriate tips for managing discomfort and protecting newly lasered skin.
Therapists should remind patients that the skin will feel slightly warm and may appear red following treatment. This discomfort should generally disappear within a few hours. Additionally, there are a number of tips that staff can recommend to patients to maximise their treatment.
1. Use a soothing gel. Soothing and calming balms such as Aloe Vera instantly cool hot or reactive skin and can be used on all parts of the body, even the face.
2. Do not take a hot bath or shower. The steam and heat of the shower can cause skin irritation, especially if the patient has sensitive skin.
3. No waxing, plucking, shaving or threading for at least 24 to 48 hours to avoid skin irritation.
4. Avoid sun exposure. Lasered skin should not be exposed to sun for at least four weeks post treatment. Skin that becomes “tan” is at greater risk for hyperpigmentation, burning, and scarring. All patients should be encouraged to protect their skin from the sun and apply high-SPF (30 or above) creams to exposed areas.
5. Avoid harsh chemicals. It is generally recommended that patients should avoid bleach, perfumed or chlorinated water and beauty products for 48 to 72 hours.
6. Avoid make up. For patients that have had laser treatments on the face it is best to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours post-procedure. If makeup must be worn it should be kept to a minimum – mascara, lipstick and mineral-based, preservative free makeup should be used.