Recovering After Laser Hair Removal

Anyone who is considering laser hair removal treatments should be aware of the recovery process that follows the procedure. Laser hair removal is a popular treatment for removing unwanted hair, but it is important to know what to expect after the procedure. In this blog post, we will discuss the recovery process in detail and explain what needs to be done in order to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

Laser hair removal is a relatively quick and easy procedure, but it is important to take proper care of your skin afterwards in order to avoid any complications. The recovery process usually lasts for a few days, during which time the treated area may be red and swollen. To help your skin recover, it is recommended to:

Keep the Area Clean

It is important to keep the area clean and dry, and to avoid scrubbing or picking at the treated area. In some cases, you may also receive a prescription cream to apply to the area. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions regarding any prescription medications or creams.

laser hair removal aftercare infographic

Apply a Cool Compress

You can help reduce swelling and discomfort by applying a cool compress to the treated area for a few minutes several times a day. Just be sure to dry the skin afterwards.

Protect Your Skin from Sun Exposure

It is important to avoid sun exposure during the recovery process, as this can increase the risk of complications such as hyperpigmentation. If you must go outside, be sure to wear sunscreen and cover the treated area.

After a few days, the redness and swelling should start to dissipate. If you notice an increase in swelling, burns or blisters, pain that doesn’t respond to antiseptic cream, or any symptoms of infection, you need to call your doctor immediately. To prevent complications after laser hair removal, it is recommended to avoid the following:

  • lotions with fragrances or perfumes
  • deodorant (if underarms were treated)
  • body scrubs
  • tanning or direct sunlight
  • tanning lotions

It is also important to wait until the area is completely healed before scheduling another laser treatment. Depending on the individual, this can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. In most cases, laser hair removal treatments can be spaced out every 4-6 weeks. This usually gives your skin enough time to heal before the next treatment. Most people need about six treatments, however this can vary from person to person.

If you follow these simple aftercare instructions, you should have no problem recovering from your laser hair removal treatment quickly and without any complications. Remember, always consult with a qualified medical professional before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure.

Do you have any questions about laser hair removal or the recovery process? Give our office a call today!

Lee A. Kleiman

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology. 

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