If you have made the decision to undergo laser hair removal, you may be wondering what happens after the procedure. In a recent post, we discussed preparing for laser hair removal and what to expect during the procedure. In this post, patients can learn what to expect next and receive tips for getting the most out of their laser hair removal.
What happens after Laser Hair Removal?
In the days and weeks after laser hair removal, you may experience some discomfort, as well as changes in the way your hair looks and grows.
Irritation & Skin Color
The laser used during treatment, in addition to disabling hair follicles, may cause some skin irritation and/or itchiness. Many patients compare the sensation to razor burn. Your skin may also appear pinkish or reddish following laser hair removal. Discomfort and discoloration generally does not last for more than 24 hours.
You may notice that hair growth has slowed in the weeks following a laser hair removal appointment. Hairs that had been in a stage of growth will begin to shed. During this process, hairs may appear as blackheads or stubble pushing their way out of hair follicles. Exfoliating your skin can help the shedding process.
Laser hair removal only disables hair follicles that were in a stage of growth. Hair follicles that were in a stage of rest can enter a stage of growth in the weeks following your procedure. Hair will continue to grow from these follicles.
Maintenance steps following Laser Hair Removal
To achieve desired results from laser hair removal, there are several steps that patients can take.
Patients should use an exfoliating scrub or washcloth three times per week on the area where laser hair removal was performed. This can help hair to shed by removing dead skin cells and other debris.
Shaving & Cutting Hair
Patients should not pluck, tweeze or wax new hair growth following laser hair removal. Laser hair removal targets hairs at their roots, so a follow-up procedure will not be effective if hair has been removed from follicles. Patients can cut and trim hair as necessary.
Avoid Tanning & Sun Exposure
Laser hair removal is most effective when performed on lighter skin. After laser hair removal, patients should continue applying sun screen with an SPF of 30 or more.
Finesse Plastic Surgery offers laser hair removal options for men and women in Orange County. Patients who desire laser hair removal generally undergo 5 to 7 separate treatments over the course of a year or so. To learn more, please contact a member of our staff.