Laser Hair Removal Post-Treatment Instructions

You have been treated with the Lumenis Light Sheer Diode Laser. The treated area is very delicate and should be treated gently. Many patients develop immediate redness and swelling of the treated area which feels like a sunburn. Occasionally, blisters and crusts may form. Please read and follow these instructions.

Cold compresses (ice packs) should be applied immediately after treatment and may reduce postoperative pain and minimize swelling.

You should avoid heat for the first 2-3 days after your treatment. This includes hot showers, saunas, hot tubs/whirlpools, etc.

Wound care: wash the treated area with a mild soap twice daily. Emollients such as Aloe Vera gel or petrolatum ointments can be soothing when applied 2-3 times daily until healing is complete. If blistering occurs, a topical antibiotic ointment applied twice daily is helpful. A bandage is not required, however, applying a non-stick bandage or Band-Aid may help protect a particular area from being irritated by clothing or jewelry.

If crusts or scabs develop, be careful not to scratch or pick at the treated area. Allow them to fall off on their own. Make-up may be applied on the next day unless blistering or crusts developed. Crusts usually disappear within 1 week.

Analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be taken if necessary to reduce discomfort. Additional application of ice or cool compresses in the first 24-48 hours may also be helpful.

You should not wear deodorant x 2 days if your underarms have been treated. Keep are clean.

Sometimes black stubs may appear on the treated area. These are destroyed hairs being shed. They will fall off during the first or second week after treatment. This is not a sign of hair regrowth.

Any degree of suntan will make the laser treatment less effective and increase your chance of having adverse effects such as blisters and scarring. It is absolutely necessary that you protect the area with a sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays (SPF 30-60) when going outdoors (especially if you require future treatments).

Waxing or plucking of hair should not be performed for at least 6 weeks before the next laser treatment.