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What to Expect After Laser Hair Removal

Over the past few weeks, we have been talking about laser hair removal, as well as what to expect before and during your hair removal appointment. Today, weíll discuss what you can expect after your treatment, as well as some strategies to help you get the most out of your laser hair removal treatment. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, the best thing to do is to call your laser hair removal specialist. He or she has the information that you need for your specific circumstances.

Here is what you might expect in the hours, days and weeks following your laser hair removal:

  • Pinkness, redness or itchiness. The laser has done its job in disabling your hair follicles. It has also likely irritated your skin a little bit. Residual itchiness or pinkness might persist for up to 24 hours. Some people describe the sensation as feeling like razor burn. If it lasts longer than that, give your specialist a call; this very well may be normal, but itís worth calling to ask.

  • Shedding. One to three weeks after your initial treatment, you may notice less hair growth and maintenance. During this process the follicles shed the hairs that were in the growing phase of their cycle, which is the anogen phase. The shedding process will look like blackheads or stubble that is pushing its way out of the follicle. †Exfoliating is most important during this process so the hairs can shed easier.†

  • Some regrowth. Remember that the laser only disables the follicles of the hair that was in its growing phase when you were in the office that day. The follicles that were resting will be beginning to "wake upĒ over the course of the next few weeks, and they will still be growing hair.

In order to make your hair removal most effective, here are some things that you can do to help the process along:

  • Exfoliate. Three times per week, use an exfoliating scrub or a washcloth in the shower on the area where you had hair removed. The reason for this is to allow the shedding process to happen unhindered by dead skin cells and other debris. You donít want to irritate your skin, so be gentle!

  • Cut or shave regrowing hair. Donít tweeze, pluck or wax new growth! Remember that your next appointment will be in four to eight weeks, and you will need to leave the hairs in their shafts in order for the laser to work on them. You can cut, trim or shave hair as necessary. You can also use a chemical depilatory, such as Nair, in between appointments, but not within two days of your next treatment.

  • Continue to use sunscreen. You want your skin to be as light as possible during your treatments, so donít go tanning or forget sunscreen. Also, a sunburn will irritate your skin in addition to the irritation caused by the laser, so be careful. Use SPF 30 sunscreen for two weeks before and after each treatment.

  • Keep track of any medications taken. If you need to go on prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medication, talk to your healthcare provider about your laser hair removal treatments. Also, call your laser hair removal specialist to find out whether there is a contraindication. Your next appointment can always be rescheduled if necessary.

Usually your first two treatments will be scheduled four weeks apart; after that, you will return every six to eight weeks until the treatment is complete. The entire treatment will take about one year, or a total of six visits. Although, individuals with darker skin tones should anticipate the process taking a little longer. †In some cases, you might like to return for periodic maintenance as needed.

Remember to talk to your specialist about any questions or concerns that you may have. If something doesnít feel right after treatment, then donít hesitate to call and ask.

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Posted by Albert Smith on June 4, 2014 @ 3:29 am

I had my first treatment 10 days ago and my doctor said that i should expect hair shedding within two weeks and the hair coming out looks zigzagged but it wasn't zigzagged and didn't shed even a little so whats the problem ? i am light skin tune with dark hair. thank you
Posted by Nashwa on June 1, 2014 @ 7:19 am

I just had my second treatment yesterday. I am African American, I never thought it was possible to have something like this done. But after doing research for the past 3 years. I finally went and saw a specialist, and I am soooo excited to move forward toward better healthier skin! I'm 33 and been dealing with ingrown hairs from ear under my neck all the way to the other ear since I was 18 years old. I been having black spots from tweezing the hairs from the bumps. And been wearing concealor for years. I am sooooo excited that this is happening right now. I'm noticing the black spots are getting lighter and feels smooth like a babes buttocks. Once again, I am sooo excited!
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