Pre and Post Care
PRE LASER TREATMENT:
-Avoid the sun for 4-6 weeks before and after the treatment.
-(Hair reduction treatments) Avoid electrolysis, plucking, and/or waxing for 6 weeks prior to treatment.
-If you have a history of herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy must be started the day before and during treatment and continued one week after treatment.
-The use of tanning creams, tanning beds, or bronzers must be discontinued before and during treatments.
-Shave the area to be treated. Shaving makes the laser more effective.
-Areas that are currently being treated with medications that make the skin more sensitive to light cannot be treated. (ex. Retin-A or Acutane)
POST LASER TREATMENT:
-Immediately after treatment there may be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site. This usually lasts 2 hours or longer. The erythema may last up to 10 days. The treatment area may feel like a sunburn for a few hours after the treatment, but it will subside.
-Apply ice as needed.
-Hydrocortisone may be used for 3-5 days post treatment.
-No heat, such as saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, extremely hot showers, or strenuous activities. No prolonged heat for a minimum of 48 hours post treatment.
-Avoid sun exposure to avoid hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation.
-Avoid picking or scratching the treated areas. Please do not use any hair removal products or similar treatments (i.e. electrolysis, plucking, and/or waxing). Those will disturb the treatment area and/or hair follicle. Gentle shaving is permitted.
-(Hair reduction treatments) Up to 2 weeks post treatment you will notice shedding of the treated hair. This is not new growth. You can clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth.
-Treat your skin gently for at least 24 hours after your treatment.
-Stay out of the sun. If there is a chance of sun exposure, apply at least 30spf sunscreen. Hats are helpful on the beach.
Note: All skin types can be treated safely, but only brown to black hair can be effectively treated.
Call or text (808) 230-9851 if you have any questions