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Dos And Don’ts After Laser Hair Removal

By: Cory Gaiser, M.D.


With laser hair removal, men and women alike can achieve smoother, clearer skin and avoid the pain, inconvenience, time, and costs associated with traditional hair removal methods. At New Body Aesthetics in Cincinnati, OH, board-certified physician Dr. Cory A. Gaiser is proud to offer laser hair removal using the cutting-edge Harmony XL PRO laser. To get the best and longest-lasting results possible from your laser hair removal treatment, it is imperative that you choose a highly qualified provider and follow your aftercare instructions closely. Keep reading for a closer look at what you should and shouldn’t do after laser hair removal to ensure your skin stays as smooth and healthy as possible.

Is laser hair removal worth it?

Not only can laser hair removal offer a solution for unwanted or embarrassing hair growth, but it can also help patients avoid the side effects of traditional hair removal methods. Some of the most compelling reasons to consider laser hair removal include:

  • Results can last for years
  • More cost-effective in the long run
  • Saves many hours each week
  • Smoother skin
  • No razor bumps
  • Hair regrowth is typically very sparse and much finer

Is laser hair removal right for me?

Men and women who are frustrated by unwanted hair or are simply tired of constantly shaving and plucking may benefit from laser hair removal. Generally speaking, patients with darker hair and lighter skin are the most appropriate candidates for laser hair removal, though modern lasers make it possible for a wide range of skin and hair types to be treated. During your initial consultation for laser hair removal in Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Gaiser will evaluate your skin tone and hair type, assess your desired treatment areas, and determine if you qualify for treatment.

How should I care for my skin after laser hair removal?

Almost immediately following laser hair removal, your provider may apply aloe or another soothing cream along with sunscreen. This will help to protect your skin and minimize any side effects you may experience, like mild redness, swelling, or irritation. Patients can also reapply makeup to conceal redness, provided there are no open blisters or sores. While it is generally safe to resume the majority of your daily routines after a laser hair removal appointment, there are certain things you should and shouldn’t do, including:

  • DO wear sunscreen
  • DO keep the skin moisturized
  • DO use aloe or a gentle, soothing cream
  • DON’T pluck, wax, epilate, or use a depilatory cream between treatments
  • DON’T use harsh skin products or exfoliants
  • DON’T exercise for 24 hours
  • DON’T get in a hot shower, hot bath, or hot tub for 24 hours
  • DON’T expose your skin directly to the sun

While long-term side effects from laser hair removal are exceptionally rare, patients can experience darkening of the skin, hyperpigmentation, and other unwanted results when they don’t follow their aftercare instructions. Additionally, plucking, waxing, epilating, and other hair removal methods can interfere with the hair growth cycle and treatment schedule, making subsequent treatments far less effective. Shaving between laser hair removal appointments is recommended to address any growth you may have.

When patients follow post-treatment instructions closely and have their laser hair removal performed properly by a board-certified physician, the results can be remarkable.

Get soft and silky skin with laser hair removal in Cincinnati, OH

Whether you are embarrassed by unwanted facial hair or have just had it with constant shaving and plucking, laser hair removal may be the long-term solution you’ve been searching for. To learn more about the exciting benefits of laser hair removal, call New Body Aesthetics to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Cincinnati, OH board-certified physician and aesthetic expert Dr. Cory A. Gaiser today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.