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Are you looking for the easiest method to permanently remove hair? Laser hair removal is the best method to gradually transform furry limbs into soft, seal-like ones.

If you are ready to go under the lasers, here are some things to look forward to.

What can I do after laser hair reduction?

A dermatologist is usually qualified to perform laser hair removal. Laser hair removal works by using concentrated light beams to target the hair follicles, and then break down their roots.

Here’s how to remove laser hair from your pits or your pantyline.

  1. Keep it cool.
  2. Follow the instructions.
  3. Protect your skin from the sun. You should avoid the sun for at least one month.

Smooth start: What can you expect after laser hair removal?

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Your dermatologist will take into account your skin type and lifestyle in order to minimize side effects.

Your work is not done once the lasers are turned off. To reduce side effects and get the best results, you should still give the affected areas tender care.

Even if you strictly follow your doctor’s instructions, side effects can occur after the procedure.

  • Swelling
  • redness
  • discoloration
  • Mild pain

These should disappear within one to three days according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Signs that something is not right

If you have more severe side effects, call your doctor.

  • Significant swelling
  • Burns or blisters
  • Severe pain that doesn’t respond well to the medication your doctor prescribed
  • Scarring or pigmentation changes
  • Symptoms of infection include redness, pus, and discoloration.
  • Side effects that last for more than 3 days

    Laser hair removal 101

    Laser hair removal is non-invasive, but it’s important to take care of your skin so you get the best results.

    After the procedure, your derm will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your skin. This is generally what the professionals recommend.

    Keep it cool

    Your skin was heated by the lasers. Now it is time to cool it down. Use a soft, clean washcloth with cool water to frequently treat the area.

    To reduce swelling and discomfort, you can also use an icepack wrapped in a towel.

    Use/apply medication as directed

    To reduce any pain, your doctor may recommend a steroid cream. Tylenol and other over-the-counter pain relievers may be prescribed to reduce the after-burn. However, it is best to consult your doctor to confirm.

    Protect your skin from the sun

    Keeping your newly-smooth legs away from the beach for a month may feel like a major bummer, but it’s what the doctor ordered.

    The affected area will be more sensitive than usual so avoid sun exposure for at least one month prior to and after the procedure. After this time, apply sunscreen vigorously.

    What about lasers at-home?

    Aftercare for laser hair removal at home is almost the same. Experts recommend consulting a professional to discuss laser hair removal. When you DIY, you can’t select the best method and laser type for your unique hair and skin type. You’re just kind of guessing.

    Without professional guidance, you are more likely to experience serious side effects.

    However, some at-home laser kits are FDA-approved, and a 2015 research review .suggested they are “modestly effective.”

    Here’s what not to do after laser hair removal

    There are some things to avoid once your skin has healed from a procedure.

    Here are some things to add to your to *not* do-list:

    • You should not schedule another treatment within 4 to 6 weeks. It is possible to get the desired results with multiple treatments, but your skin will need to heal between each one.
    • Do not waxe or tweeze your skin.
    • Don’t tan. Sprawling in the sun (or in a tanning bed) can boost your risk of serious burns or permanent hyperpigmentation. You will need to wait for 1 month before you can resume your beach bunny routine.
    • Use tanning lotion sparingly. Most tanning lotions contain chemicals that can cause skin reactions such as rashes, burns or bumps.
    • Avoid using perfumes, fragrances, or fruity products on the area for at least a week after surgery. The area is very sensitive and harsh chemicals could cause a reaction.
    • If you have had laser hair removal in your armpits, don’t use deodorant. Just pretend for 7 days that it’s 1800s.
    • Don’t use body scrubs. Skip harsh exfoliating scrubs for about a week afterward.
    • Avoid taking hot showers and baths. If you like to take a hot shower or bath, wait at least 48 hours before jumping back in. You can also skip the saunas or steam rooms.
    • Avoid the hot tub or pool.

    Stubbly territory: Can you shave after laser hair removal?

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    Are you still experiencing stubble even after laser hair removal? That’s normal. The AADA states that your first laser hair removal treatment will remove approximately 10% to 25% of your hairs within the treatment area.

    Although tweezing and waxing are a no-go, you’re free to carefully shave after about a week post-laser. Wait until swelling, discomfort, or discoloration subsides first.

    Do not shave if it is:

    • Inflamed
    • Red or discolored
    • Painful or irritated

    According to the AADA, most people require six treatments to remove their hair completely.

    What skin care products can I use following a laser treatment for my skin?

    While you wait for your skin heal, it may be necessary to temporarily overhaul your skincare arsenal. You should continue to do the following for at least one week after your procedure:

    • Use lukewarm water. Even if you love showers so hot it makes your partner scream, you’ll need to stick with something more tepid for the time being. The area can be irritated by hot water.
    • Use fragrance-free everything. Look for hydrating, gentle lotions and cleansers designed for .sensitive skin. Avoid harsh scrubs and exfoliants. If in doubt, 100 percent aloe vera should do the trick.
    • Skip the shaving cream. Remember: You shouldn’t be shaving for at least a week to avoid probs, anyway. This is also true for hair removal creams.


    Here are some things to do after laser hair removal.


    • Cool compresses can be used to reduce swelling
    • Follow your doctor’s instructions to apply or take medication.
    • Use a mild, fragrance-free moisturizer and cleanser.
    • Between treatments, wait at least 4 to 6 weeks.
    • When using at-home kits, be careful
    • If you experience severe pain, blistering, burning, infection or other symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.


    • Avoid using any products containing harsh chemicals, fragrances, or exfoliants.
    • You should not fake tan or suntan for more than a month.
    • Take super-hot showers/baths or use a sauna.