What to Expect after Laser Hair Removal

You’ve finally decided to ditch the wax and razors and benefit from the long-lasting results of laser hair removal. You have a lot to look forward to, such as smooth healthy-looking legs and a lot of time saved in your beauty maintenance routine.

Now that you’re ready to move forward with the treatment, you should also understand what else you can expect after laser hair removal. Here’s what you need to know:

Expect redness and swelling

Common side effects of laser hair removal include redness and swelling. Initially, you may feel like you have a slight sunburn, and you can use ice packs to keep inflammation in check. Your Tryst Med Aesthetics and Laser Center provider may also recommend topical steroid creams to ease discomfort and reduce any skin reactions you may have to the treatment.

Optimum results aren’t instant

Because your hair follicles grow in different cycles, you’ll need several laser hair removal treatments to destroy the follicles when they’re in an active growth stage.

You may very well see a difference after your first treatment, but it typically takes four or more treatments to see a significant reduction in hair growth. It’s important that you stay consistent with your appointments to achieve the best results.

Treatments are usually scheduled every 4-6 weeks to accommodate your hair’s growth cycle. Your Tryst Med Aesthetics and Laser Center provider outlines how many treatments you can expect based on your hair texture and skin type during your initial consultation, so you’ll know what to expect.

You may still have some hair growth

Laser hair removal is highly effective at reducing the amount of unwanted body hair you have, but there’s no guarantee that every single hair follicle will be destroyed. However, the results of laser hair removal are pretty amazing. Any hair that does grow back is less visible and may not even require shaving.

Expect increased skin sensitivity

Following your treatment, your skin will be extra sensitive, especially where sunlight is concerned. Sunscreen is vital in the weeks after treatment. Be sure to lather up daily, using a high-quality, protective sunscreen on all treatment areas. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in the sun, make sure to reapply sunscreen frequently.

Avoid waxing after treatment

Because some follicles weren’t in the active growth stage during your treatment, new hairs can grow. For maintenance between appointments, it’s okay to shave. However, you shouldn’t wax or tweeze.

Treated hair should be allowed to fall out naturally to achieve optimal results. It can take several days for the hair to shed and if you tweeze or wax treated hairs, it can interfere with the treatment process and your overall results.

Stay away from chemical irritants

Your skin is pretty sensitive after treatment, especially for the first 48 hours. During this time, you should avoid using any kind of lotion, perfume, or deodorant that can cause burning and irritation. Your Tryst Med Aesthetics and Laser Center provider can recommend moisturizing lotions and sunscreens you can use to keep your skin hydrated after treatment.

Say no to hot showers

Again, because of your skin’s increased sensitivity, you shouldn’t take hot showers for the first couple of days after laser treatments. Lukewarm showers will keep your skin safe and ensure you don’t experience skin discomfort or prolonged irritation.

Prepare ahead of time

Laser hair treatments can significantly reduce hair growth on various parts of your body, including your legs, underarms, back, and chest, but the process takes time.

If you plan to have silky-smooth legs for the summer or a special occasion, you should schedule your first treatment several months prior to your event. This ensures you achieve optimal results before your big day.

Book your appointment at Tryst Med Aesthetics and Laser Center now and get ready to stop waxing for good.

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