The Do’s and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal

Do you want to get rid of unwanted hair on your body? Are you tired of shaving every week? Are you getting ready for summer? Then maybe it’s time to schedule a laser treatment to get that hair-free body you’ve been thinking about.

Laser hair removal in Kuwait clinics is becoming more popular, which is why more and more people are searching out for this service. If you’re one of those people, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts before you undergo such treatment. And keep in mind that this is not advisable to people who are pregnant, breastfeeding has implant pacemaker, has an infection, has a dermatological skin disease, has cancer or has a fresh tan.

Here are a few things you need to remember before, during and after the treatment:

BEFORE

Do’s:

  • Do a consult. The success of laser treatments varies on different factors such as hair color and skin type, so results will also vary. You’ll get an idea of how many sessions you need to go through during the consult. Also, prepare your medical history as well as a list of all the medications you’re taking.
  • Keep your skin healthy. This means sticking with your daily regimen to keep your skin smooth and clean. Always prevent your skin from drying or flaking because the procedure could be more painful if the skin is irritated or dry.
  • The night before your session, shave the hair of the area you want to be treated. This will show the roots of the hair follicle, which will be the target for treatment. This also helps in preventing thermal injury.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t expose your skin to sunlight because when your skin is tan, this can disrupt the process. If you need to be out in the sun, remember to wear sunblock with SPF 30 or higher.
  • Don’t go to tanning salons.
  • Don’t pluck or wax the hair of the area you want to be treated. Doing this will remove the roots, which is the target for treatment.
  • Don’t bleach the area to preserve the roots.
  • Don’t take antibiotics or stop taking them a week before your treatment. This is to avoid getting rashes and blisters.
  • Don’t take caffeine 24 hours before your session as this could make anxious and frantic.

DURING

Do’s:

  • Make sure that you’re working with a licensed esthetician. This means that you should’ve done your research before booking an appointment. Check the most reputable clinics in your area to make sure that you’re getting the best treatment.
  • Use protective eyewear to avoid eye damage. This will be provided to you at the clinic.
  • Request for the anesthesia if you think you need it. This is optional.
  • Keep still and relax.
  • Be honest. If you’re feeling uncomfortable, just say it.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t put on your makeup. This could cause burns and pigmentations after your treatment.
  • Don’t put any product on your skin. It’s for your best interest.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If doing this can give you peace of mind, then don’t be afraid to do it. You can ask about the process, the device they’re using, etc. Your dermatologist should be happy to answer your queries.

AFTER

Do’s:

  • Expect to be swollen. But don’t worry, this likely means the treatment was a success. There could be itching or stinging but this usually goes away in an hour or two, 48 hours the most. You can apply ice to relieve discomfort.
  • Use hydrocortisone creams if you feel any discomfort exceeding 48 hours.
  • Expect falling out. This happens after two or three weeks of the treatment. This may seem that the hair is growing again, but it’s not. Just wait for the hair to fall off on its own or you can wipe it with a washcloth.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel or antibiotic ointment for blisters.
  • Use the recommended products of your dermatologist. They may provide a gel that can be used to speed up the healing and minimize irritation.
  • Follow all instructions on how to care for your skin after your treatment to get the best results.
  • Schedule your next session. This could last for about four to 10 sessions to get the best result. Sessions are usually scheduled every one or two months.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t take hot showers. Hot showers cause body sweating and creates an environment for bacteria. To avoid infection, wait at least 24 hours before taking a hot shower.
  • Don’t go to the gym or exercise for at least 24 hours. Again, too much sweating harbors bacteria, and this could cause spots on your skin.
  • Don’t visit the sauna for at least 24 hours.
  • Don’t swim in chlorinated water. Wait at least two or three days before doing so.
  • Avoid sun exposure for about a week after your treatment. Your skin is going to be sensitive so you should protect it from the heat. 
  • Avoid tanning products for a week.
  • ●      Don’t rub or scratch the treated area.
  • Don’t expect immediate results. Some see noticeable results after weeks of treatment while others take longer. Again, it varies on hair color and skin type. You need to be patient and realistic about your expectations.

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