What to Expect During Treatment
Do not tan for 3 weeks prior, and stop using self-tanning products on the treated area one week prior. Do not wear makeup, lotion, or deodorant over the areas to be treated on the day of your treatment. Shave your skin on the areat to be treated on the same day as your appointment. Do not wax, pluck or tweeze the area for at least 4 weeks prior to the first laser treatment. You may shave before the first treatment and between treatments. However, you cannot wax, pluck or tweeze between treatments. If the area being treated with the laser will be exposed to sunlight, wear sunscreen every day. If you have used Accutane in the last 6 months, we cannot treat you. Retin A products, glycolic products, and hydroquinone must be stopped 2 days prior to treatment.
Your skin will be cleaned prior. A topical numbing cream may be applied approximately 20 minutes prior. After that, the cream is removed and a cool gel is applied. An air cooling system is used during treatment to increase your comfort. Patients describe the feeling as a slight prickly or stinging sensation. Some hairs will come out immediately, but they will continue to shed for up to 3 weeks. Immediately after, the area is cleaned and aloe vera and 1% hydrocortisone cream is applied. If the treatment area will be exposed to sunlight, we apply sunscreen. Most patients tolerate the treatment without difficulty.
Discontinue strong topical skincare for approximately 5 days prior. Keep the treated area clean and moist, and keep sunscreen on any exposed area.
The most common side effects are redness and swelling. Changes in skin pigmentation may occur, as well as blistering and pain.