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Dos and Don’ts of Laser Hair Removal: Post-Procedural Care

by Clinic Dermatech India's Best Skin & Hair Clinic

When it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair, most men go for Laser hair removal treatment. Why? Because it is effective, less time-consuming, and the results it offers are long-lasting. Plus, it doesn’t have any severe side effects. Though you may feel a little burning sensation on the treated area after the procedure, which is nothing of grave concern.

That said, for men, laser hair removal brings out the best results only when they pay special attention to post-procedural care. This includes having patience since hair does not start falling out within a matter of hours and following a few precautions.

If you have undergone laser hair removal treatment, here are a few dos and don’ts you should keep in mind to get the most out of it:

 

Also Read: - Tips to Take Care of Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal Treatment

 

After Laser Hair Removal: Don’ts

·       Avoid Sunlight

After your laser hair removal, make sure to avoid direct contact with the sunlight on the skin for a few days. If possible, wear sunscreen of at least SPF 50 on the treated area for at least a week or two. This is especially true when heading out in the sun. Not doing so can irritate the treated skin and complicate the process.

·       Avoid applying topical steroids

After the procedure, your doctor may suggest avoiding the application of any topical steroid formula for a week or so. This is because the chemicals present in these products can damage the skin and impede the healing process. 

·       Avoid hot shower

It’s no secret that a hot shower can relax the muscles and feel good in many ways. But it’s not a good idea to get into a hot bath when you have had laser removal for men. Hot water can cause skin burns and blisters since your skin is more sensitive after the treatment than usual. It might be a good idea to get into the cold bathtub after your treatment in the summers. 

If you had your laser hair removal in winter, you can take lukewarm showers for the first week following the treatment. This will help reduce swelling and redness and maintain the skin balance.

·       Avoid excess heat at all cost

For the first 1-2 days after laser hair removal for men, it’s best to avoid all types of heat, whether it is a hot shower, sunbathing, steam rooms, and rigorous exercise. 

Excess heat can change the skin texture and increase the risk of irritation, infection, and discoloration. Tanning beds, of all, must be avoided because they cause permanent scarring or pigmentation. Exercising can also raise the body temperature, which can irritate the treated area. 

 

After Laser Hair Removal: Dos

 

·       Moisturize your skin

After laser hair removal, your skin may feel dry. To keep it hydrated, you should use a non-comedogenic mild moisturizer to keep the pores clear and promote healing. But make sure to consult your dermatologist before applying any product to the treated area. 

·       Exfoliate 

You can gently exfoliate the treated area using a washcloth and scrub wash. This will minimize the risk of ingrown hair and remove dead skin cells. This will also accelerate the shedding of skin and also prepare it for the next laser session. But make sure to go gentle when scrubbing or else, it may irritate the skin. 

·       Apply an ice pack and aloe vera

After the laser hair removal, most men might feel some minor discomfort, such as a mild warmth. The treated area can also become red and swollen. However, they can reduce swelling by applying ice packs and aloe vera, both of which are known to lessen discomfort and pain by soothing the skin.

·       Be patient

Most often, men tend to think that their unwanted hair will start shedding itself in a few hours or a week. But the truth is: laser hair removal takes time, and everything that takes time lasts. Your hair will start falling out after a week or two, and take note it’s a slow process. So, patience is key here. However, if you don’t lose hair even after a few weeks, you should get in touch with your treatment provider for more details. 

 

Bottom line

In recent years, the number of men going for laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair from areas such as the chest, back, legs, and more, has increased exponentially, pointing to the popularity of laser hair removal for men as an effective and safe treatment. However, this treatment alone doesn’t bring lasting and safe results. One must follow post-procedural care to minimize the risk of side effects and get faster results. 

 

 

If you are thinking of undergoing laser hair removal, consider consulting a hair removal specialist at Clinic Dermatech to determine whether you are the right candidate for this procedure or not. 

 

 


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