GlamDerm - Gramercy Laser and Medical Dermatology

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

What to Expect with Laser Hair Removal

After your laser hair removal treatment, you may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation that typically lasts up to five hours.

Minor redness and swelling at the treatment site, especially around the treated hairs, may also last up to four days.

Hairs will continue to fall out for approximately two weeks after your laser hair removal treatment.

After the treatment, some dead hairs may remain in the follicle for up to three weeks. Gentle washing and exfoliation is safe once the redness of the skin has resolved and will facilitate the removal of these remaining hairs.

In rare cases a blister or crust may form in the area treated and a temporary slight lightening or darkening of the treated skin may occur.

To date, we have seen no permanent scarring with this laser.

Post Procedure Information

Very gentle cleansing with soap and water daily.

Moisturize with a gentle moisturizer such as Cetaphil lotion at least twice per day.

Do not use exfoliators, scrubs, retinols, Retin-A, acid-based products (alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acids, salicylic acids, and lactic acids) on treated areas for one week.

If you have significant discomfort and redness in the area you may use cool compresses intermittently or use anti-inflammatory cream three times per day.

If a blister or crust forms, do not pick it, avoid direct sun exposure to the area, and apply a topical over-the-counter antibiotic ointment or Aquaphor ointment twice per day.

Avoid sunlight in the treated areas for as long as there appears redness around the hairs that received treatment, this may be for as long as two weeks.

Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 regularly if you will be out in sun.

We recommend you keep skin as pale as possible and avoid tanning 4 weeks prior and 4 weeks post treatment.

When Should You Return for Laser Hair Removal?

Treatments are ordinarily given once per month on the face and once every two months on the body. If you notice hair returning sooner, it is to your advantage to return earlier for your second treatment.

To get permanent hair reduction, three to five treatments is generally required. It is impossible to know exactly know how many treatments you will need. Each successive treatment will continue to reduce more hair and bring you closer to your goal.

Some people are slow hair growers and can take longer breaks between treatments; nevertheless, waiting longer than three months may reduce the effectiveness of your treatment.

Remember: no waxing, plucking or threading 10 days prior to your treatment

On Your Return

Remember on the day of your next treatment to shave closely the area to be treated.

Remember to apply or bring with you, your topical anesthetic cream.