Avoid sun exposure 4-6 weeks before and after treatment until your healthcare provider allows it. Epidermal melanocytes compete with melanin in the hair.
Avoid any topical medications or skin care products 3-5 days prior to treatment.
Avoid bleaching, plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment. The melanin-containing hair must be present in the follicle as it is the “target” for the laser light.
RECENTLY TANNED SKIN CANNOT BE TREATED! If treated within 2 weeks of active (natural sunlight or tanning booth) tanning, you may develop hypopigmentation (white spots) after treatment and this may not clear for 2-3 months or more.
The use of self-tanning skin products must be discontinued one week before treatment. Any residual self-tanner should be removed prior to treatment.
POST TREATMENT CARE:
Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and swelling of each hair follicle in the treatment side, which may last up to 2 hours, or longer depending on sensitivity of the skin. The treated area may feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment.
A topical soothing skin care product such as aloe Vera gel may be applied following treatment if desired.
Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment as long as the skin is not irritated.
4) Use a sunblock (SPF 30+) at all times throughout the course of treatment.
Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any other hair removal treatment products or similar treatments (waxing, electrolysis, or tweezing) this will disturb the hair follicle in the treatment area for 6 weeks after the treatment is performed. Shaving should only be performed in between treatments. You may schedule another treatment within 7 days of noticeable hair growth. Please shave prior to treatment to achieve best results.
Several days to weeks after the treatment, shedding of the treated hair may occur and this appear as new hair growth. This is NOT new hair growth. You may clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth or Loofah sponge. These are the hairs that have been treated falling out of the follicle.
After the axilla (underarm) is treated, you may wish to use a powder instead of a deodorant for 24 hours after the treatment to reduce skin irritation.
There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently, for the first 24 hours.