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Caring for Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal

Getting laser hair removal is exciting. A successful treatment or series of treatments can build up your confidence and save you a ton of time — no more shaving, plucking, waxing, or threading on your treated area. 

Like all medical and aesthetic procedures, it’s important to follow postop instructions for the very best results. While our expert dermatologist, Allen A Flood MD, will give you specific directions at your appointment, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind as you approach your laser hair-removal session.

Caring for skin 24-48 hours after your appointment

Right after your laser hair-removal appointment, your treated skin may be sensitive to the touch. 

To avoid irritation and adverse effects, follow these steps after your laser hair removal: 

What to do 3-7 days after your appointment

After a day or two, any irritation will ease up. At this point, you can return to your exercise routine, wear whatever clothes you want, and put on makeup. You probably won’t need to ice your skin anymore, and you can take hot showers. However, you should still minimize sun exposure and wear sunscreen when you go outside. 

Preparing for your next appointment

Remember, you’ll probably need multiple appointments to get the results you want. Few patients have a complete loss of hair in the treated area after just one laser hair-removal session. So, since it’s likely you’ll come in for another appointment, you should know how to prepare your skin in advance. 

To get ready for your next laser hair-removal appointment, take the following steps: 

It’s also important to avoid getting a natural tan or applying self-tanning products before your appointment, as a tan may make the laser less effective.

If you’re interested in laser hair removal, Dr. Flood can explain the process in detail during a consultation. Schedule an appointment by calling 202-235-2431 or request your appointment through our online scheduling tool.

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