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Immediately After Treatment
Welcome to Jill & Bonnie's Electrolysis and Laser Do’s, Dont’s, and Post Treatment 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 dont’s 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.
*Please advise us if you’re taking any medications.
*Please call your physician to ask him/her what precautions you should take in advance of your laser treatment.
Do shave a day or two 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. Please take a picture of yourself before you have the treatment for our files. It helps us and it will help you to remember what you looked like before.
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.
Do understand that every client is unique and the number of sessions will vary.
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.
Do pay attention if you have the Herpes Virus.
Sometimes a treatment such as laser can bring on a breakout. To avoid this from happening, it is advised to take your medication a couple of days prior to your laser appointment.
Don’t receive laser treatments if you’ve just had Botox or Fillers.
We’d like you to wait two weeks until having laser treatments if you’ve Botox or Fillers.
Don’t use sunless tanning products.
Please don’t use any sunless tanning products 7 days prior and 7 days after your session.
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 the day of your 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 it's proven completely safe with normal iron levels, taking an iron supplement can cause complications. Avoid iron supplements at least 3 days before and after treatment.
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).
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.
Avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post-treatment.
If blisters occur, do not puncture. If the skin is broken, apply an antibiotic ointment until healed.
You may also apply Neosporin (most recommended), cool towels, ice packs, or aloe vera to alleviate discomfort due to heat.
Avoid using seat warmers.
Avoid any additional laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks post-treatment or until healing has occurred.
Exfoliate treated areas to minimize the risk of ingrown hairs.
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.
Using a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or higher is critical when receiving laser treatments and is recommended ongoing for maintenance.
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 4-6 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 come back from the previous treatment and you may also see hairs we did not yet treat.