After Your Treatment

There's plenty of things you can do after treatment to ensure the best possible results. We can chat through any questions you have during treatment but here we've collected 15 years and thousands of treatments worth of experience and distilled it into this simple guide.

What to Expect

Wondering what to expect? Here's a few things you can do to ensure the best results after your treatment.

  • 1-2 days after treatment
  • 4-5 days after treatment
  • 5-14 days after treatment
  • Top up sessions

1-2 days after treatment

Your skin maybe sensitive or hot for a couple of days after treatment. That’s normal so be gentle with heat, friction and products. Wear loose fitting cotton clothes.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is the only topical product to use in first 24hrs after treatment. Why? Aloe vera will help to remove the heat from the skin and reduce any lasting irritation. Some moisturisers contain ingredients that will irritate the skin, so Just Aloe vera for the first 24 – 48 hours.

SPF

Why? It helps protect any exposed areas from developing tan and keeps your laser treatment safe.

Makeup

Apply only mineral makeup after facial treatment. Why? Some makeups will irritate your skin after treatment. Light mineral makeup is best but none is even better. Normal makeup application should be fine 24 hours after treatment.

Redness

Do you have excessive redness (feels like sunburn) or brown marks appearing within 24 hours of treatment? This can happen from time to time and is normally linked to sun exposure or medications. It usually resolves within a few days but it is best to give us a call straight away. As everyone is unique, we can discuss the best options for your skin. You can also contact us here with your concerns.

4-5 days after treatment

Exfoliate

You should exfoliate the treated area. Why? Dead or dry skin can sometimes cause slight redness after treatment so keeping your skin in tip top condition when having laser will get the best results.

Shave

Shaving is the only other form of hair removal to use during treatment. Why? The hair needs to be in the follicle for the laser to effectively destroy to root. Waxing and Plucking removes the root from the follicle, therefore the laser has no target to work on.

Fake Tan

You can reapply fake tan. It’s best not to use immediately after treatment because it can cause irritation. Always remember to wash off before your session as it can burn on during treatment.

5-14 days after treatment

Hair Shed

Shedding of hair from the treated areas will occur. This is a normal part of attaining smooth radiant skin.

Top up sessions

We recommend a top up session to the area between 1 - 3 times a year depending on skin type and hair density. We’ll discuss this with you during treatment.

Medical

We recommend a top up session to the area between 1 – 3 times a year depending on skin type and hair density. We’ll discuss this with you during treatment.

What to Expect

Wondering what to expect? Here's a few things you can do to ensure the best results after your treatment.

  • 1-2 days after treatment
  • 1-2 days after treatment

    Your skin maybe sensitive or hot for a couple of days after treatment. That’s normal so be gentle with heat, friction and products. Wear loose fitting cotton clothes.

    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera is the only topical product to use in first 24hrs after treatment. Why? Aloe vera will help to remove the heat from the skin and reduce any lasting irritation. Some moisturisers contain ingredients that will irritate the skin, so Just Aloe vera for the first 24 – 48 hours.

    SPF

    Why? It helps protect any exposed areas from developing tan and keeps your laser treatment safe.

    Makeup

    Apply only mineral makeup after facial treatment. Why? Some makeups will irritate your skin after treatment. Light mineral makeup is best but none is even better. Normal makeup application should be fine 24 hours after treatment.

    Redness

    Do you have excessive redness (feels like sunburn) or brown marks appearing within 24 hours of treatment? This can happen from time to time and is normally linked to sun exposure or medications. It usually resolves within a few days but it is best to give us a call straight away. As everyone is unique, we can discuss the best options for your skin. You can also contact us here with your concerns.

  • 4-5 days after treatment
  • 4-5 days after treatment

    Exfoliate

    You should exfoliate the treated area. Why? Dead or dry skin can sometimes cause slight redness after treatment so keeping your skin in tip top condition when having laser will get the best results.

    Shave

    Shaving is the only other form of hair removal to use during treatment. Why? The hair needs to be in the follicle for the laser to effectively destroy to root. Waxing and Plucking removes the root from the follicle, therefore the laser has no target to work on.

    Fake Tan

    You can reapply fake tan. It’s best not to use immediately after treatment because it can cause irritation. Always remember to wash off before your session as it can burn on during treatment.

  • 5-14 days after treatment
  • 5-14 days after treatment

    Hair Shed

    Shedding of hair from the treated areas will occur. This is a normal part of attaining smooth radiant skin.

  • Top up sessions
  • Top up sessions

    We recommend a top up session to the area between 1 - 3 times a year depending on skin type and hair density. We’ll discuss this with you during treatment.

    Medical

    We recommend a top up session to the area between 1 – 3 times a year depending on skin type and hair density. We’ll discuss this with you during treatment.

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After Treatment FAQs

Here's things you can do to ensure the best results for your treatment.

  • Comfort during treatment
  • Getting the best results
  • Ingrown Hairs
  • Medication and medical conditions
  • Shaving, waxing & exfoliation during treatment
  • Tanning, sun exposure and fake tan
  • The Treatment Process

After Waxing

Before Waxing

Comfort during treatment

Can I exercise after laser hair removal sessions?

You should not perform any form of strenuous exercise after laser hair removal treatment for at least 24 hours. As laser works on the principle of using heat to destroy the hair follicles deep beneath the skin’s surface, an increase in the body’s natural temperature by exercising combined with sweat will cause an increase in irritation on the treatment area. This also applies to swimming where the chlorine in the water can cause irritation on the skin during the 24 hours after treatment. Read More

Getting the best results

Do I need to avoid anything after my laser hair removal treatment?

Directly after laser your skin will be sensitive so please refrain from the following.

- Hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24-48hrs

- Don’t exfoliate for 3-4 days and use light exfoliation methods (new bullet) Don’t use sun beds on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight at all while having laser

- Don’t use perfumed products or thick creams for 48hrs

- Don’t wear tight clothes like skinny jeans or nylon tights (if having your legs treated) for 48hrs as they will cause heat build up and friction on the area and may aggravate skin

- All of the above may cause skin to become irritated in the treated area, it is important that you follow these guidelines to ensure your skin safety. Read More

How do I exfoliate and how often during laser hair removal should I?

About 7 -10 days after your session the treated hair growth cycle will shed out of the follicle. We would recommend exfoliating using gentle to medium pressure on the skin as very rough and aggressive exfoliation will aggravate it. Regular light exfoliation done 2-3 times a week is more effective than 1 session using a heavy handed approach as this will traumatise your skin.

Exfoliating mitts are widely available and when used in conjunction with a light scrub prove to be a very effective combination. Apply moisturiser after exfoliating to help skin replenish. Read More

Is laser hair removal permanent?

The reduction you receive is permanent, but it is impossible to achieve 100% removal of every single follicle in a given area. Over the course of treatment your hair and the amount of it that you have will change dramatically - and we mean dramatically. What starts off as rough, coarse and thick hair will eventually become soft, thin and light hair. You will have areas where the hair has completely disappeared and some areas with sporadic light hairs remain. These hairs will be picked up on your subsequent top up treatments.

Top up treatments are recommended to keep these finer hairs away and are typically needed once or twice a year.

What factors will influence my laser hair removal results?

For the vast majority of people laser hair removal is an amazing and sometimes life changing treatment. Because genetically we are all so different this has a huge impact on the effectiveness of your treatment, there are a number of different factors that are listed below that will determine the level of final result you will receive and how many treatments it will take to get that result. (new bullet) Colour of your Skin

- Colour and diameter of your Hair

- Optimum Fluences (Energy levels)

- Optimum Treatment Intervals (Time between treatments)

- Underlying problems (new para) All of these areas are fully explained when having a consultation with our laser specialists.

Will I need top up sessions?

Yes, when we have completed a set of sessions (usually 6-8) and are happy with the treatment outcome you may need to have top up or maintenance sessions a couple of times a year. This depends on the person and the hair growth they had initially. Hairs that remain should be sporadic, fine and light and should be very slow to grow.

Ingrown Hairs

How do I get rid of ingrown hairs and do the red marks they leave fade away?

Light exfoliation should help but if you are prone to ingrown hairs it is worthwhile investing in a good product to help the skin chemically exfoliate (not meaning use of chemicals, but an active ingredient in the product) as opposed to mechanically (Scrubbing). This will also help the red marks to fade over time.

What should I do if I get ingrown hairs during laser hair removal treatment?

This usually happens if you have transferred from waxing to shaving, it takes a little while for your skin to adjust. It also happens when treated hairs are shedding and if you don’t exfoliate regularly enough these hairs will tend to get trapped in the skin. If you are prone to ingrown hairs you will normally see bumps appear about a week after laser these are nothing to worry about. It is however very important to use a product specifically designed to help with ingrown hairs and begin to exfoliate at this stage otherwise you will find more hairs becoming ingrown. It is important that you stop using these products a week before your session and recommence using them about a week after your session also. Light exfoliation methods are best to free any ingrown hairs and hydrating the skin afterwards is a must.

Medication and medical conditions

Can I take Ibuprofen before my session of laser hair removal?

Please do not take Ibuprofen for 48 hours before your laser hair removal session, this medication may cause bruising after laser for certain people.

Shaving, waxing & exfoliation during treatment

Can I wax after laser hair removal?

Yes, but if at all possible we would recommend continuing with laser on the area until you receive the level of reduction you are happy with, providing the remaining hairs still contain pigment. On treatment areas where there was originally a mix of light and dark hairs, laser will only target and treat the darker ones. Lighter hairs will remain and it is fine to wax these.

If you are undergoing a course of treatments please do not wax the area in between sessions as this will affect your results. Read More

How soon after laser hair removal can I exfoliate?

Depending on how sensitive your skin is after laser it is quiet safe to start lightly exfoliating about 3-4 days after your treatment, just be gentle for the first week or so. We really do recommend exfoliating in between your laser appointments to avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin. Read More

Should I shave after my laser hair removal treatment?

You can shave the area after laser treatment but must leave it for a minimum of 48 hours after treatment before shaving the areas.

After laser hair removal treatment the hair may still appear to be “growing”. It may also appear darker and thicker in some areas such as bikini line. This is a natural process of laser hair removal and the hair is now in a shedding stage. It appears darker and thicker as it has been charred by the laser (this is good). It may take 10 -21 days for the hair to fall out of the follicle which will leave a noticeably smoother skin’s surface. During this time it is perfectly fine to shave the areas you have had treated and this along with regular exfoliation of the areas will assist in the hair shedding process. Read More

Tanning, sun exposure and fake tan

Can I use fake tan while having laser hair removal treatment?

Yes, you can apply Fake Tan approximately 4-5 days after your session and use it in between each session. It is extremely important that you don’t use any tan for a week before your treatment and ensure that you are exfoliating your skin daily to remove any residue. If there is any residue on the skin we cannot perform your treatment until all tan is removed.

The Treatment Process

Is laser hair removal permanent?

The reduction you receive is permanent, but it is impossible to achieve 100% removal of every single follicle in a given area. Over the course of treatment your hair and the amount of it that you have will change dramatically - and we mean dramatically. What starts off as rough, coarse and thick hair will eventually become soft, thin and light hair. You will have areas where the hair has completely disappeared and some areas with sporadic light hairs remain. These hairs will be picked up on your subsequent top up treatments.

Top up treatments are recommended to keep these finer hairs away and are typically needed once or twice a year.

After Treatment FAQs

Here's things you can do to ensure the best results for your treatment.

  • Comfort during treatment
  • Comfort during treatment

    Can I exercise after laser hair removal sessions?

    You should not perform any form of strenuous exercise after laser hair removal treatment for at least 24 hours. As laser works on the principle of using heat to destroy the hair follicles deep beneath the skin’s surface, an increase in the body’s natural temperature by exercising combined with sweat will cause an increase in irritation on the treatment area. This also applies to swimming where the chlorine in the water can cause irritation on the skin during the 24 hours after treatment. Read More

  • Getting the best results
  • Getting the best results

    Do I need to avoid anything after my laser hair removal treatment?

    Directly after laser your skin will be sensitive so please refrain from the following.

    - Hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24-48hrs

    - Don’t exfoliate for 3-4 days and use light exfoliation methods (new bullet) Don’t use sun beds on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight at all while having laser

    - Don’t use perfumed products or thick creams for 48hrs

    - Don’t wear tight clothes like skinny jeans or nylon tights (if having your legs treated) for 48hrs as they will cause heat build up and friction on the area and may aggravate skin

    - All of the above may cause skin to become irritated in the treated area, it is important that you follow these guidelines to ensure your skin safety. Read More

    How do I exfoliate and how often during laser hair removal should I?

    About 7 -10 days after your session the treated hair growth cycle will shed out of the follicle. We would recommend exfoliating using gentle to medium pressure on the skin as very rough and aggressive exfoliation will aggravate it. Regular light exfoliation done 2-3 times a week is more effective than 1 session using a heavy handed approach as this will traumatise your skin.

    Exfoliating mitts are widely available and when used in conjunction with a light scrub prove to be a very effective combination. Apply moisturiser after exfoliating to help skin replenish. Read More

    Is laser hair removal permanent?

    The reduction you receive is permanent, but it is impossible to achieve 100% removal of every single follicle in a given area. Over the course of treatment your hair and the amount of it that you have will change dramatically - and we mean dramatically. What starts off as rough, coarse and thick hair will eventually become soft, thin and light hair. You will have areas where the hair has completely disappeared and some areas with sporadic light hairs remain. These hairs will be picked up on your subsequent top up treatments.

    Top up treatments are recommended to keep these finer hairs away and are typically needed once or twice a year.

    What factors will influence my laser hair removal results?

    For the vast majority of people laser hair removal is an amazing and sometimes life changing treatment. Because genetically we are all so different this has a huge impact on the effectiveness of your treatment, there are a number of different factors that are listed below that will determine the level of final result you will receive and how many treatments it will take to get that result. (new bullet) Colour of your Skin

    - Colour and diameter of your Hair

    - Optimum Fluences (Energy levels)

    - Optimum Treatment Intervals (Time between treatments)

    - Underlying problems (new para) All of these areas are fully explained when having a consultation with our laser specialists.

    Will I need top up sessions?

    Yes, when we have completed a set of sessions (usually 6-8) and are happy with the treatment outcome you may need to have top up or maintenance sessions a couple of times a year. This depends on the person and the hair growth they had initially. Hairs that remain should be sporadic, fine and light and should be very slow to grow.

  • Ingrown Hairs
  • Ingrown Hairs

    How do I get rid of ingrown hairs and do the red marks they leave fade away?

    Light exfoliation should help but if you are prone to ingrown hairs it is worthwhile investing in a good product to help the skin chemically exfoliate (not meaning use of chemicals, but an active ingredient in the product) as opposed to mechanically (Scrubbing). This will also help the red marks to fade over time.

    What should I do if I get ingrown hairs during laser hair removal treatment?

    This usually happens if you have transferred from waxing to shaving, it takes a little while for your skin to adjust. It also happens when treated hairs are shedding and if you don’t exfoliate regularly enough these hairs will tend to get trapped in the skin. If you are prone to ingrown hairs you will normally see bumps appear about a week after laser these are nothing to worry about. It is however very important to use a product specifically designed to help with ingrown hairs and begin to exfoliate at this stage otherwise you will find more hairs becoming ingrown. It is important that you stop using these products a week before your session and recommence using them about a week after your session also. Light exfoliation methods are best to free any ingrown hairs and hydrating the skin afterwards is a must.

  • Medication and medical conditions
  • Medication and medical conditions

    Can I take Ibuprofen before my session of laser hair removal?

    Please do not take Ibuprofen for 48 hours before your laser hair removal session, this medication may cause bruising after laser for certain people.

  • Shaving, waxing & exfoliation during treatment
  • Shaving, waxing & exfoliation during treatment

    Can I wax after laser hair removal?

    Yes, but if at all possible we would recommend continuing with laser on the area until you receive the level of reduction you are happy with, providing the remaining hairs still contain pigment. On treatment areas where there was originally a mix of light and dark hairs, laser will only target and treat the darker ones. Lighter hairs will remain and it is fine to wax these.

    If you are undergoing a course of treatments please do not wax the area in between sessions as this will affect your results. Read More

    How soon after laser hair removal can I exfoliate?

    Depending on how sensitive your skin is after laser it is quiet safe to start lightly exfoliating about 3-4 days after your treatment, just be gentle for the first week or so. We really do recommend exfoliating in between your laser appointments to avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin. Read More

    Should I shave after my laser hair removal treatment?

    You can shave the area after laser treatment but must leave it for a minimum of 48 hours after treatment before shaving the areas.

    After laser hair removal treatment the hair may still appear to be “growing”. It may also appear darker and thicker in some areas such as bikini line. This is a natural process of laser hair removal and the hair is now in a shedding stage. It appears darker and thicker as it has been charred by the laser (this is good). It may take 10 -21 days for the hair to fall out of the follicle which will leave a noticeably smoother skin’s surface. During this time it is perfectly fine to shave the areas you have had treated and this along with regular exfoliation of the areas will assist in the hair shedding process. Read More

  • Tanning, sun exposure and fake tan
  • Tanning, sun exposure and fake tan

    Can I use fake tan while having laser hair removal treatment?

    Yes, you can apply Fake Tan approximately 4-5 days after your session and use it in between each session. It is extremely important that you don’t use any tan for a week before your treatment and ensure that you are exfoliating your skin daily to remove any residue. If there is any residue on the skin we cannot perform your treatment until all tan is removed.

  • The Treatment Process
  • The Treatment Process

    Is laser hair removal permanent?

    The reduction you receive is permanent, but it is impossible to achieve 100% removal of every single follicle in a given area. Over the course of treatment your hair and the amount of it that you have will change dramatically - and we mean dramatically. What starts off as rough, coarse and thick hair will eventually become soft, thin and light hair. You will have areas where the hair has completely disappeared and some areas with sporadic light hairs remain. These hairs will be picked up on your subsequent top up treatments.

    Top up treatments are recommended to keep these finer hairs away and are typically needed once or twice a year.

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