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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.

 

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