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Patient Guidelines For Laser Hair Removal


   PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS



1. Mark the date of your appointment on the calendar. Then mark off a 4-week period on the calendar with the words, “NO PLUCKING, BLEACHING OR WAXING.” The laser light detects the darkness of the hair; bleaching interferes with the ability of the laser to find the hair and its hair follicle. Plucking and waxing can interfere with the hair follicle's growth cycle and extend the number of sessions you will need. It's best that plucking, bleaching and waxing are not done 4 weeks before your laser skin treatment.


2. On the same calendar mark off a 2-week period on the calendar from your appointment date with the words, “NO SUNBATHING”. Sunbathing can interfere with the laser skin treatment procedure. Recently tanned skin with sun exposure in the preceding 2 weeks cannot be treated.


3. Shave the treatment site 3-4 days prior to treatment. Of course, if you are unable to shave a body part yourself, such as your back, our staff will assist. If your hair growth is very fast, you can leave the shaving to just 2 days before the treatment date.


4. If you're having areas on your face and neck lasered, don't wear any makeup on those areas. The area should be as clean and cleared of chemical substances as it possibly can be.


5. A medical history is taken at the consultation, but we rely on you to inform us of any changes to this. We need to know of any medication you are taking including those bought from a chemist or herbalist. You must not have laser hair removal treatment if you are taking retinol acne medications such as Isotretinoin/Roaccutane.


     



   POST-TREATMENT CARE:


1. Immediately after treatment, there will be erythema (redness) & oedema (swelling) of the follicles which may last up to 2 hours or longer. The erythema may last up to 2-3 days. The treated area will feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment. Keep the area treated clean and dry.


2. A topical soothing skin care product such as Aloe Vera gel may be applied following treatment. If the area still feels hot you can apply a cold flannel or cool pack at home. Do NOT allow ice packs or ice into direct contact with the skin.


3. If your skin is particularly sensitive & prone to histamine reactions, you may take an anti-histamine medication like piriton.


4. Make-up can be used after the treatment as long as the skin is not irritated. We recommend you use Mineral Make-up as other makeup can contain many chemicals which do not allow your skin to breath.


5. Avoid picking or scratching the treated area.


6. Do NOT depilate between LASER treatments with waxing, plucking, threading or creams that will disturb the hair follicle. Shaving is the preferred method.


7. Avoid sun exposure.


8. Use a sunblock minimum SPF 30 at all times throughout the course of treatment.


9. Anywhere from 10-21 days after the treatment, shedding of the treated hair may occur & this appears as new hair growth. This is NOT new hair growth.


10. You can clean & remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth or Loofa sponge.


11. After the underarms are treated, you may wish to use a powder instead of a deodorant for 24 hours after the treatment to reduce skin irritation.


12. There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently, as if you had a sunburn, for the first 24 hours. Avoid very hot baths or showers.


13. Avoid steam baths & saunas for 1 week.


14. Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water for 1 week.


15. Avoid exfoliating & microdermabrasion for 10 days after the treatment.


16. Peels or other invasive cosmetic treatments should be done only under our advice.



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