How to Take Care of Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal gives you freedom from messy waxes and razor burn. While the laser technology can destroy body hair without damaging your skin, your skin may still be sensitive and require some extra TLC.

At Bergen Aesthetics, our aesthetic specialist Heripsime Ohanian, PhD, MD, FACOG, uses the Cutera® CoolGlide™ laser technology to eliminate unwanted hair from many parts of your body.

Dr. Ohanian also provides aftercare advice to help you care for your skin after your laser hair removal treatments and beyond.

What to expect from laser hair removal

Laser hair removal uses laser energy to destroy targeted hair follicles below the surface of your skin, so the follicle can no longer grow new hairs.

Dr. Ohanian applies the CoolGlide applicator to your skin to deliver the laser energy. Treatment requires no invasive procedures and is generally tolerated without an anesthetic.

You might feel a stinging or pinching sensation as the laser delivers pulses of light into your hair follicles to destroy them. However, the laser technology has a cooling feature that soothes your skin to keep you comfortable during your session.

Because the CoolGlide laser system can only treat hair in the active growth phase, you may need a series of treatments to remove hair from your legs, arms, chest, and back. Dr. Ohanian can also eliminate hair on more delicate areas of skin, including the bikini line and underarms.

Aftercare tips for skin care

After you complete your laser hair removal sessions, your skin may be red and slightly swollen for a few hours. You can minimize swelling using ice packs and wear loose clothing that won’t rub against your skin.

Skin may also appear dry and flaky. You should use a high-quality moisturizer to hydrate your skin and prevent additional dryness. Because your skin may be more sensitive than usual, you may also need to use a gentle soap that’s free of perfumes and other potential irritants.

Increased skin sensitivity also requires that you limit your time in the sun. You also need to wear sunscreen anytime you’re outdoors, especially in the weeks after your treatment. Unprotected skin may be more susceptible to burning and skin damage.

We also schedule your follow-up laser treatments 4-6 weeks apart to prevent unnecessary skin irritation and to optimize your overall results.

Results you can rely on

The goal of laser hair removal is to permanently eliminate unwanted body hair, so you no longer have to shave or wax it away.

Dr. Ohanian evaluates your skin before performing the laser treatments. She also customizes a treatment plan to your skin type and tone to ensure the best results.

The CoolGlide laser can treat any skin type and hair thickness with great results and without damaging your skin. With the right aftercare practices, your skin will stay smooth and healthy, and you can ditch the waxes and razors for good.

To find out how laser hair removal can work for you, call Bergen Aesthetic or book an appointment online today.