Laser Hair Removal Pre & Post Care: What to Expect?

Laser hair removal treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for achieving hair-free skin. Laser Hair Removal Pre and Post Care: If you are planning to have laser hair removal, there are some considerations to keep in mind before and after your treatment.

Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Laser hair removal treatment is done with a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted hair. This applies to the hair growing in; legs, armpits, chin, upper lip, and bikini line. However, laser hair removal treatment does not permanently eliminate your hair, they just delay the hair growth for a long period. 

Multiple hair treatments are required along with maintenance treatments to achieve the expected results. You can expect your skin to turn smoother or silkier post the treatment without experiencing too much discomfort. So, if you are looking for laser hair removal, before finding the most suitable skin clinic for yourself, below are all the things you need to know about.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

A beam of highly concentrated light is penetrated into the hair follicles that contain a pigment and absorbs the light. The light energy is converted into heat and damages the tube-shaped sacs that produce the hair. This stops the hair from regrowing for a temporary period. 

This treatment is effective for areas like; back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper lip, chin, and bikini line and is relatively less painful than waxing or shaving. 

This process includes a new concept called selective photo thermolysis. It matches the wavelength and pulse duration that enters only the particular area of the skin without harming the surrounding tissues.  

Laser Hair Removal Procedure

If you are planning for laser hair removal, there are some considerations to make pre and post the treatment. The first one is to avoid plucking or waxing at least six weeks before the treatment. The process of laser hair removal goes like this:

  • Shave your hair at least 24 hours before the treatment which your dermatologist will advise you.
  • To protect the nearby areas of your skin the experts will suggest some treatment regimes. 
  • The expert will adjust the laser beam as per your skin color, thickness, and location of your hair. 
  • The low-energy laser beam will pass through your skin and be absorbed by the pigment of hair follicles. This will also ensure that the settings are correct and no adverse reactions are created on your skin. 
  • Then the laser beam is directed spot by spot to the areas of treatment that quickly disables the active growth of hair follicles. 
  • After the completion of the procedure, apply ice packs and anti-inflammatory creams to minimize discomfort and soothe the treated areas of your skin.

Also, avoid sun exposure after the treatment at least for six weeks as it can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.      

What to Expect After Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Side effects:-

Your skin gets sensitive, red, or a little irritated after the treatment which is normal. Avoid any kind of activities that incur skin irritation like hot showers, workouts, and steam baths for the first 24 hours. If the swelling and redness last for days, apply aloe vera gel to reduce them. 

A week later:-

A week after the treatment the hair will start shedding which is completely normal, but you should not pluck or wax them. 

Nearly a month later:-

After approximately four to six weeks, you will notice hair regrowing on the areas. Do not tweeze, wax, or pluck the hair instead go for the second round of treatment.   

After 3 months:-

By this time you might have undergone two treatments and you will see a majority of your unwanted hair gone. The results could be different as per your skin type, but you will see a significant reduction in your hair.   

Laser Hair Removal Aftercare:-

After laser hair removal treatment, you can return to your routine without worries. The expert will give you some tips for skincare. If not, you can follow the ones stated below 

  • Avoid excessive heat and any kind of hot substances to prevent scarring, pigmentation changes, or skin texture changes.
  • Use the lotions of SPF 30 daily
  • Avoid using topical products which include; hydroxy acids, salicylic acids, retinol, and benzoyl peroxide that can cause photosensitivity. Instead, use a gentle cleanser on treated areas.
  • Schedule your further treatments timely. For facial areas- 4 to 6 weeks. For trunk areas- 6 to 8 weeks. For leg areas- Every 8 to 10 weeks.

Laser Hair Removal Cost:-

The cost of the treatment varies from doctor to doctor, clinic to clinic, and the areas of the body you want to be treated, and the time required for treatment, and the number of treatments required.  

According to the study, the average cost for laser hair removal treatment in the United States is $285 per session. In India, the cost range varies from Rs.1,000 to Rs.20,000 per session.

The laser hair removal cost varies widely, depending on factors. Research well, take advice from your dermatologist, and then only choose the best treatment for yourself. 


This article sums up laser hair removal pre & post care and all you need to know about hair removal treatment. If you are a first-timer, better go for a quality hair treatment rather than going to a doctor that charges low. Once the treatment is done, follow the aftercare tips regularly and do not fail to schedule the other rounds of treatments timely.

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