Scenario for the weeks following           treatment:
                Your hair does not just disappear.  Your body has a unique way of pushing out anything that does not belong, therefore the hair that was treated will fall out in the coming days/weeks. To assist with this, exfoliating (with a washcloth) is recommended. Any hairs we treated with laser that were not successfully destroyed will take up to 4-5 weeks to regrow

             It is very important to treat these hairs as soon as they regrow… 
               At the time of your next treatment the laser will destroy any hairs that we did not get to treat previously. 
                 In between treatments you will eventually see some hairs coming back from the previous treatment and you may also see hairs we did not yet treat. 
            It’s time for your next treatment!

AFTER CARE:

        Avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post-treatment.

        If blisters occur, do not puncture. If skin is broken, apply an antibiotic ointment until healed.

        Tylenol is recommended for post-treatment discomfort.

        Over the counter medication is recommended for post treatment discomfort. You may also apply Restorative Gel (highest recommended), cool towels, ice packs or aloe vera to alleviate discomfort due to heat.

        Avoid using seat warmers immediately after treatment.

        Avoid any additional laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks post-treatment or until healing has occurred.

        Using a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or higher is critical when receiving laser treatments and is recommended ongoing for maintenance.

        If you experience any side effects, such as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation, prolonged redness or swelling, a histamine reaction, or blistering, call or come in for instructions on treatment.

        To achieve the best results, complete the full treatment schedule at the intervals recommended
by your technician.

        Exfoliate treated areas to minimize risk of ingrown hairs.

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What is Laser hair removal?

When we use a laser to eliminate hair follicles, we are directing intense light energy into the follicles. This energy is so intense it permanently destroys the hair follicles. It is important to note that not all hair follicles will be destroyed in one laser treatment session.

That is because hair follicles cycle through active and resting growth phases. Certain physical properties of hair follicles in the most active growth phase make them particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of the laser.

Clinical studies show that lasers are able to permanently eliminate about 20% of the hair follicles with each treatment session. This means that if you complete one treatment, you should see a permanent reduction in the hair follicles growing in the treated area.

Most people wish to significantly reduce, or completely eliminate, unwanted hair follicles. Therefore, most clients will need to complete several treatment sessions with the laser. For most fair to medium skinned individuals with dark hair follicles, it will take 4 to 6 treatments to achieve results that are significant: 90 to 100% permanent removal of hair follicles.

Medium to dark skinned individuals will most likely require more treatments. To understand why, remember that the laser light is absorbed by the dark matter in the hair and skin and converted into heat energy.

This heat will be felt by the client as something similar to a sting, somewhat like a rubber band snapping on the skin. Medium to dark skin will react more intensely with the laser and for comfort and safety's sake, will require a slower, more gentle approach.


Hair growth

Hair grows in three phases—Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. Laser hair removal lasers can damage the follicles of hairs growing only in the early stage of the Anagen phase. While you may see many (hundreds, thousands) of hairs growing in an area –whether it be the legs, face, underarm or back—only a percentage of those hairs are currently in the Anagen phase of growth.

As the laser is applied to the area for the treatment, all the hairs will be treated. However it is only those in the anagen phase that are susceptible to the permanent damage the laser can provide. Hairs growing in other phases may be burned or damaged to some degree, producing a finer or even more sluggish growth, but this type of result may or may not be permanent.

It is for this reason that a series of laser hair removal treatments should be utilized for those wishing to have a more thorough removal of hair in a treatment area. By spacing the treatments 6 or more weeks apart, several “batches” of hairs will ultimately be caught in the critical Anagen phase when the laser hair removal treatment is performed.

Since the anagen phase is relatively short compared to the other two phases of growth, those undergoing laser hair removal treatments will typically notice about a 15-20% permanent reduction in the hair with each treatment.

There are several other factors which can affect the outcome of the laser hair removal treatment, for instance wavelength, pulse duration and spot size of the laser being used, however the basics of laser hair removal are that the light is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, creating heat and damaging (permanently) the hairs that happen to be in the Anagen growth phase when treated.

As the series of laser hair removal treatments remove the unwanted hair, a natural additional, and desirable, side effect will be an elimination of ingrown hair, or pseudofolliculitis barbae. This is a very common skin condition which is often seen in the beard and the groin (or pubis) area.

Because the hair is coarse and often grows in a swirl or curly fashion, the hairs have a tendency to curl back into the skin before (or even after) the outermost edge of the hair shaft breaks through the surface of skin. This results in inflammation, redness or purplish discoloration, and thick pimply-looking growths on the skin. These ingrown hairs can even become infected, causing further discomfort, increased unsightliness in the area and long term discoloration—even scarring.

Laser hair removal permanently removes the hairs so that they cannot continue to become ingrown. Get rid of the hair, and you get rid of all the inflammation that goes with it. Most people who suffer from redness and inflammation due to ingrown hairs or pseudofolliculitis barbae notice that the symptoms may initially get slightly worse for a week or two after the initial treatment, but that their skin soon has a noticeably smoother healthier appearance, along with less hair.

Laser hair removal can get rid of another unwanted side effect of unwanted hair. Pimples and other blemishes that occur from constantly touching the fingers to the face in an effort to feel for or remove stubble brings bacteria and additional oils to the face—which can potentially increase the incidence of pimples and blemishes.

 Do’s and Don’ts for Successful Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a revolutionary form of management for unwanted hair. At Jill and Bonnie’s Electrolysis and Laser we recommend you follow these simple do’s and don’ts to make sure your laser hair removal sessions go as optimally and effectively as possible. The closer you adhere to these points, the greater the chance for successful laser hair removal. 

Do tell us about any medication you are taking.

The medication you are taking may or may not have an impact on our ability to treat you and the effectiveness of laser hair removal. Medication that affects hormones can cause the need for more laser hair removal sessions since hair is affected by a change in hormone levels. Also, there are some medications that can leave your skin sensitive to the laser and cause burns.  (SEE BELOW) 

Patients taking photosensitising drugs

     (Call your physician for direction)

​                    (Full list below)

  *  Accutane ( Isotretinoin) We advise you to stop taking Accutaine 6 months before you can safely have laser hair removal sessions.

   *    Tetracycline [antibiotic], naproxen [NSAIDs], auranofin [anti-rheumatic], chlorochin [anti- malaria drugs] etc.) 

    •    Patients taking anticoagulants (e.g. acetylsalicylic acid, heparin etc.) 

    •    Patients taking Retinols  or Retin A which could alter the normal tissue repair (e.g. isotretinoine etc.)

*Please stop 3 days before treatment. 

    •    Previous exfoliating treatments (peeling, scrubs, retinoic acid etc.) and surgical treatments (lifting etc.) 

    •    Bacterial, viral or mycotic infections in progress in the area of treatment. An antiviral prophylaxis must be implemented for patients with a previous history of herpes simplex. 

Multiple sessions spaced out at least 4-6 weeks apart. If you have a change in medication or start taking a new medication make sure to let us know


Exclusion Criteria: Strong hypersensitivity to the light.  Previous skin cancer or pre-cancers lesions in treatment area.


Do begin Herpes medication 4-5 days prior to treatment.

Herpes Simplex Virus (I or II) – During laser treatments, the heat from the laser may cause flare-ups over areas that have previously had outbreaks. Patients will need to begin their prescription herpes medication approximately four-five days prior to their treatment. However, if a patient is having an active outbreak, they must reschedule and cannot go through with treatments at that time.

Do Shave the day before treatment.

We prefer to have no hair showing at the time of treatment.  If it is any area that you want partially treated, take a picture of the area and show us at the time of treatment.

Avoid sunless tanning products.

Please do not use any sunless tanning products 7 days prior and 7 days after your session.

Do use sunscreen regularly.

Before and After laser: Stay out of the sun and make sure to apply an SPF 30 sunblock every 2 hours when you have to be exposed to it.

Do keep your scheduled appointments.

Your hair grows in cycles and the laser can only effectively treat hairs in the active growth cycle. There are hairs in a transitional stage and a dormant (resting) stage there are not showing at the time of every treatment.  This is why effective laser hair removal takes numerous sessions. We schedule your appointments to optimally treat those hair cycles and not miss any of them. If you miss an appointment, you may miss a hair cycle causing the need for more sessions.

Do tell us about medical conditions.

No matter how irrelevant the condition may be, make sure to always disclose any medical conditions you may have. There might be a contraindication that would put you at risk when getting laser hair removal sessions done. Safety first!

Do tell us if you think you may be pregnant.

Though there is no correlation between laser hair removal and complications while you are pregnant, we prefer you to wait until after your pregnancy. 

Don’t take hot showers within 24 hours after your treatment.

This is something that is very obvious, but also commonly overlooked. We have just caused heat damage to your skin. Just as you wouldn’t go take a hot shower right after you get a burn, you should avoid hot showers after your laser hair removal session. Cold showers are completely ok!

Don’t work out day of treatment

We are dealing with heat being transferred into your skin. You should avoid working out before your treatment and coming in hot and sweaty, it can lead to complications. Also, you should avoid working out after your treatment the same day because it will raise the heat factor of the treated area.

Don’t wear tight clothing on treatment area.

Tight clothing, especially spandex legging, trap heat and can cause complications. Wear loose cotton clothing for and after your treatment

Don’t take iron supplements.

Some of our lasers go deep enough to affect the iron in your blood. Though its proven completely safe with normal iron levels, taking iron supplement can cause complications. Avoid iron supplements at least 3 days before and after treatment.

Don’t miss your appointments.

As stated earlier, missing your appointments means the likelihood of missing a hair cycle, causing the need for more sessions and more money out of your pocket.

Don’t have any products on your skin.

Make sure to avoid or remove any lotions, creams, and deodorants from the treatment area and avoid topical acne (non-antibiotic, if antibiotic please discuss with us.) 

Do understand that situations vary when it comes to how many sessions are needed.

It should take about six sessions to be satisfied with your hair removal. Some people may need more sessions to get clearance. Some people may need less. Remember, changes in medication that cause hormone imbalances, missed scheduled appointments, some medical conditions, and even pregnancy can cause new hair growth.



        
                             
                                              
                  

We are always looking out for our clients. If you are on any medications listed below please call your physician for direction. Sometimes it just takes a couple of days to rid your system of it and you will be able to go ahead with your treatment.


 Most Common Classification of            Photosensitizing Medications: 

Acne Medications – Variety of medications, oral or topical, that fight acne bacteria or inflammation. There are multiple treatment options available, and sometimes it’s best to use several courses of action to treat acne.

Accutane (stop taking 6 months prior to treatment)
Differin
Soriatane

Antibiotics – Prescription medications that are used to help treat infections caused by bacteria. Many infections are contagious and/or serious life-threatening conditions, so it is important to take antibiotics correctly and thoroughly.

Sulfonamides (Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole, Cotrimoxazole, etc.)
Quinolones (Levofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, etc.)
Fluoroquinolones
Dapsone
Tetracyclines (Adoxa, Atridox, Doxycycline, etc.)

Antihistamines – Over the counter medicines that prevent or relieve allergy symptoms and side effects. Reactions have occurred in both systemic administration and topical application.
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)

Claritin (Loratadine)
Periactin (Cyproheptadine)
Phenergan (Promethazine)
Zyrtec (Cetirizine)

Anti-Androgenic – Agent that blocks androgens, which are hormones that produce male characteristics. These are used to treat prostate cancer.

Androcur
Euflex
Spironolactone
Vaniqa Cream

Anti-Infectives – Class of antibiotics that help stop infections caused by a virus, parasite, bacteria or fungus.

Tetracyclines: Treat skin infections and acne (examples include but are not limited to Demeclocycline, Chlortetracycline, Oxytetracycline, Adoxa etc.)
Fluoroquinolones: Used to treat urinary tract infections and respiratory conditions (examples include but are not limited to Levaquin, Factive, Avelox, Floxin, Cipro, Noroxin, etc.)

Anti-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) Drugs – A medical treatment that reduces swelling and inflammation.

Ibuprofen
Naproxen
Ketoprofen

Anti-Cholesterol Medication – Class of medications that are used to lower cholesterol by suppressing enzymes that contribute to cholesterol production in one’s liver.

Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
Colesevalam HCL (Welchol)
Colestipol (Colestid)
Panthethine


Anti-Microbials – Medications used to slow or kill microorganisms (viruses, fungi, bacteria, etc.)

DDS (Dapsone)
Phisohex
Septisol

Antifungals – Medications used to treat fungus (cancer, yeast, candida).

Lotrimin
Mycoide
Clotrimazole

Blood Pressure Medications – A medication prescribed to help lower blood pressure levels called “antihypertensives.”

Hygroton
Lozol
Bumex

Cardiac Medications Combination of medications used after one suffers from a heart attack or heart-related conditions.

Cardizem, Dilacor or Tiazac
Cordarone
Procardia
Quinaglute

Treatment Over Sympathetic Ganglia – Patients that suffer from heart disease in the cardiac region and vagus nerves are not recommended to undergo laser treatments.

Cancer/Chemotherapy Medications – Chemotherapy involves using medications to kill cancer cells.

Anthracyclines
Dacarbazine (DTIC-Dome)
Taxanes
Vinblastine (Velsar)
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU, Efudex, Fluoroplex)

Cutaneous Allergies –

Antihistamines
Antipruritic treatments (except for Vitamin D)
Corticosteroids
Epinephrine
Topical ointments/lotions

Diabetic Medications – Patients diagnosed with Type I Diabetes use insulin, while patients diagnosed with Type II Diabetes can manage their condition with diet and exercise. Some patients need oral medications to meet steady blood-glucose levels.

Actos (pioglitazone)
Avandia (rosiglitazone)
Glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase)
Repaglinide (Prandin)
Nateglinide (Starlix)

Diuretics – Medications that promote urine production.

Aldactone (Spironolactone)
Bumetanide
Hydrochlorothiazide
Furosemide (Lasix)
Thiazides (Hyrodiuril)

Epidermal Growth Factors (Receptor Inhibitors) – Mitogenic proteins involved in the processes of wound healing, cell growth and tumor formations.

Erlotinib
Cetuximab
Gefitinib
Panitumumab
Vandetanib

Hypoglycaemics – Medications that lower blood glucose for patients with Type II Diabetes.

Alpha-Glucose Inhibitors
Biguanides
Sulfonylureas (Glyburide, Glipizide)
Thiazolidinediones

Major Tranquilizers – Medications taken to reduce anxiety or tension.

Butyrophenones
Phenothiazines
Piperidine and Piperazine Compounds
Thioxanthenes

Malaria Medications – Recommended medications for malaria differ depending on the country where the patient was diagnosed; antimalarials are used to treat and prevent malaria.

Chloroquine (Aralen)
Quinine (Quinite)
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)

Neuroleptics/Anticonvulsants – Medications used to manage patients that suffer from psychosis, specifically bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Aripiprazole (Abilify)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
Phenothiazines (Fluphenazine/Chlorpromazine)
Thioxanthenes (Chlorprothixene)
Ziprasidone (Geodon)

Painkillers – Class of medications used to relieve pain.

Celebrex
Hydrocodone
Meperidine
Oxycodone

Porphyrins – Group of medications that are used to treat porphyrias.

Beta carotene
Chloroquine (Aralen)
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
Vitamin D

Pro-photosensitisers (PDT) – These drugs can cause rashes or sunburn on exposed skin.

5-Aminolevulinic Acid
Methyl-5-Aminolevulinic Acid
Photofrin

Psychiatric Medications/Antidepressants – Class of medications that treat depressive disorders and conditions (OCD, eating disorders, anxiety, etc.)

Ativan/Xanax
Prozac/Zoloft
Phenothiazines (Chlorpromazine, Fluphenazine, Perphenazine)
Tricyclic Anti-depressants (Desipramine, Imipramine)

Retinoids – Medications connected with Vitamin A used to control epithelial cell growth.

Acitretin
Differin
Isotretinoin
Retin-A
Tazorac

Skin Medications for Skin Cancer Medications used to treat skin cancer.

5-Aminolevulinic acid (ALA or Levulan)
Methyl-5-Aminolevulinic Acid
Photofrin
Verteporfin

Steroids – Organic compounds that include vitamins, hormones and alkaloids. These may inhibit wound healing if combined with laser treatments.

Androstenedione
Boldenone
Danazol (man-made steroid)
NandrolonePorphyria
Stanozolol
Testosterone

Other

Amiodarone
Coal Tar (Denorex, Tegrin)
Dapsone
Diltiazem
DiLTiazem
Enalapril
Hydroxychloroquine
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid
Paclitaxel
Porphyria
Quinine
Quinidine
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) Tattoos
Vitiligo

 

Topical Agents – only a concern on the area actually being treated
Several topical solutions and medications may cause one’s skin to develop a rash or burn when exposed to lasers. Photosensitivity can become a serious adverse reaction on the skin to particular agents within the laser. The agents can be absorbed topically, orally or subcutaneously and must be present during the laser treatment. Photosensitizers can cause rashes, erythema, burning, swelling, inflammation or increase overall risks.

Topical Agents

Essential Oils
Angelica
Bergamot Citrus
Bitter Orange
Grapefruit
Lemon Verbena
Lime
Mandarin
Tagetes
Tangerine
Yuzu
Makeup (foundation tints)
Tanning Products (Bronzers, tinglers, enhancers) – If a patient uses tanning lotions, creams, moisturizers, etc., or is wearing makeup or scented creams may increase side effects and reactions.

Fragrances/Colognes/Perfumes – Avoid at least 24 hours before treatment.

6-Methylcoumarin
Musk

Oral or Topical Medications

Accutane
Differin
Duac
Hormone Treatments
Estrogen
Oral Contraceptives
Renova
Retin-A
Tazorac
Tetracycline (Doxycycline)

[too much fun in the sun] Sunscreens – Lotion or cream used on the skin to prevent harm from the sun (sunburn) by reflecting and absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

Para-aminobenzoic Acid/PABA (Eclipse, Block Out, Sea & Ski)
Benzophenones (Arimis, Clinique)
Cinnamates (Arimis, Estee Lauder)
Dioxbenzone (Solbar Plus)
Oxybenzone (Eclipse, PreSun, Shade)
Salicylates


Direct Irradia Eyes – Some lasers can potentially be harmful to the human Retina, however, damage to the Retinal is very improbable. To avoid this possibility, special wavelength safety goggles must be worn during laser treatments.

Diabetes, Epilepsy, Lupus – Nervous disorders must be evaluated prior to beginning laser treatments.

Hirsutism (Excessive Body Hair) – (The medical term for excessive body hair) can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Such conditions are generally hormone related, e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome. The first port of call, if you have excessive body hair, should be to your General Practitioner, to discuss the problem and rule out any underlying health problems, which could be causing problems, such as female facial hair (usually around the mustache or beard area) that grows like men’s hair pattern. There are a lot of factors that contribute (genetics, hormones)

Keloid scarring – May have an increased risk of scarring from laser treatments.

Herpes Simplex Virus (I or II) – During laser treatments, the heat from the laser may cause flare-ups over areas that have previously had outbreaks. Patients will need to begin their prescription herpes medication approximately four-five days prior to their treatment. However, if a patient is having an active outbreak, they must reschedule and cannot go through with treatments at that time.

Hemorrhage – Laser treatments may cause hemorrhages to become more severe if it is broken, inflamed, cut or irritated near the treated area.

Cancer Tumor – Although research does not support this theory, it is recommended to not receive laser treatments over a primary or secondary carcinoma tumor or lesion.

Radiation Therapy – Patients undergoing LLLT are not recommended to undergo laser treatments due to research that supports its effect on the immune system.

Immunosuppressant Drugs – It is not recommended for patients taking immunosuppressant drugs to undergo
laser treatments.
Tacrolimus

Pregnancy – Doctors dictate that LLLT should not be conducted over the pregnant woman’s uterus.