How To Care for Your Skin Before and After Laser Hair Removal

It may seem like the warmer months of summer are far away, but before you know it, you’ll be ready to show off your skin. If you’re sick of tweezing, waxing, plucking, and shaving away unwanted facial and body hair, Nicole Kimzey, DO, and our team at Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offer the best technology and treatment when it comes to laser hair removal.

Dr. Kimzey selected the Icon™ laser hair removal by Cynosure®, a leader in aesthetic technologies and therapies, to make sure you get the best results possible. You can help optimize your laser hair removal results by taking steps to care for your skin before and after your treatment.

Here’s a closer look at laser hair removal with Icon and what you can do before and after your session to get the smoothest, silkiest skin possible!

What is laser hair removal with Icon?

Icon uses advanced laser technology to quickly and safely blast the protein cells in your hair follicles. These cells give your hair the nourishment it needs to grow. Since Icon treatments are highly targeted treatments, your surrounding skin and tissues won’t be harmed. 

Because the Icon system is so safe, you can treat most areas of your body, including your: 

Everyone’s needs are different, but on average, patients receive six to eight treatments. The duration and number of treatments you need vary depending on several factors: the area of your body being treated, the amount of hair to be removed, and the color of your skin and hair. 

As a rule of thumb, however, most sessions take only minutes. Even larger areas, like your chest or back, typically fit into your lunch hour. Because Icon prevents new hair growth, most people have results that last. If you experience some regrowth, this hair is lighter and thinner, making it easy to blast away with quick touch-up treatment. 

What should I do before my treatment?

If you’re hoping for the longest-lasting results with the healthiest skin possible, be sure to take these steps before your Icon laser hair removal treatment:

Following these guidelines helps reduce your risk of side effects on your skin, such as mild irritations, burns, and discoloration. You’ll also get better hair removal results!

What should I do after my treatment?

Once your treatment is complete, it’s important to pay special attention to your skin. Immediately following treatment, your skin may feel sensitive to the touch or slightly warm or irritated. 

These side effects typically go away quickly, but you can speed up their departure by following these guidelines for a day or two:

You’ll also want to wear loose, soft clothes that don’t rub against or irritate your skin. After 24-48 hours, any sensitivity or irritation should subside. You’ll want to continue to minimize sun exposure for a week, then wear sunscreen whenever you head outside. 

If you’re ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair in time for summer, contact Dr. Kimzey at Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia or request an appointment online today!

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