Pre-Instructions for Laser Hair Removal

Cold (not frozen) packs should be applied immediately after treatment, to cool the treatment site, reduce swelling and ease discomfort. Chemical cold packs are not recommended, if their temperature is below 4°. Frozen 4x4 gauze pads, previously moistened with water and inserted into small plastic bags can be used. Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first four or five days following treatment: no hot bath, no aerobic exercise, massage, etc.

Exposure to Sunlight
Patients should use high factor (30–50 SPF) sun block and protect the treated area from exposure to sunlight for at least one month following treatment. Tanning after treatment sessions may enhance melanin regeneration, which may result in hyperpigmentation. Sun tanning or laying out by the pool is strongly not recommended.

Makeup
Most patients may apply makeup immediately after treatment. However, we advise patients to stop wearing makeup, if the treatment site scales or cakes. The skin is sensitive during this period, and removing makeup, especially if it is difficult to remove, may damage the skin and predispose the site to
infection.

Other Post-Treatment Recommendations
Patients are advised to maintain high hygienic standards of the treated area for several days following treatment. Patients are advised not to participate in rough sports or similar activities for several days following treatment, until the skin returns to its normal condition.

Follow-up
Patients should return 4 to 5 weeks after treatment, for examination of the treatment site and for additional treatment, if necessary. Usually, four to five weeks is the interval between treatments. The rate of hair growth depends on the individual and the body area treated, sex and hormonal, physiological conditions and the season in which treatment was performed. If no additional treatment is necessary, patients should return for an additional re-examination three to four weeks later, preferably when new hair has grown in the treatment area. If there has been partial hair clearance, treatment should be continued using the same parameters, and the patient should return after 4 to 8 weeks for additional treatment, if necessary. If no change is noted, treatment parameters should be changed.


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