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Three Tips to Care for Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal

By: Dr. James D. Fontaine


With laser hair removal, men and women can achieve long-lasting, smoother skin without the pain and cost of temporary hair removal solutions. At Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine, board-certified physician Dr. James Fontaine uses innovative laser technologies to help patients throughout San Diego, CA attain their hair removal goals.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that uses gentle laser technology to remove unwanted hair. Since the lasers specifically target the hair follicles, results are longer lasting than those produced from shaving or waxing. At Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Fontaine customizes your laser hair removal plan to fit your personal aesthetic goals.

The benefits of laser hair removal

Laser hair removal provides individuals with numerous benefits, including:

  • Long-lasting results

  • Smooth, beautiful skin

  • Quick and easy treatments

  • No downtime

  • Customized hair removal plans

Patients can have unwanted hair removed from just about anywhere on the body, including the back, face, armpits, legs, chest, and intimate areas.

Am I an ideal candidate for laser hair removal?

Individuals are ideal candidates for laser hair removal treatments if they:

  • Have unwanted hair they wish to have removed

  • Have realistic cosmetic expectations

  • Are in good, general health

Dr. Fontaine will review your personal and medical histories to ascertain if you can safely participate in laser hair removal treatments. Individuals who are pregnant or who have certain skin conditions may not qualify.

What the treatment process looks like

Laser hair removal treatments are administered in one of our private treatment rooms. The laser technology is safely applied to the skin to target and destroy unwanted hair follicles. Some patients may feel a warming sensation during the session. Once your treatment is complete, you are permitted to return home or resume normal daily activities.

Tips for caring for your skin after laser hair removal

Although there is no required downtime after laser hair removal treatments, patients should proactively care for their skin to optimize healing and enhance results. Consider the following three tips:

  • Avoid using any makeup or moisturizers for the first 24 hours

  • Keep all treatment areas clean and dry

  • Don’t scratch or pick at your skin to avoid scarring

Swelling and redness are common after treatment but usually subside within 1 – 3 days.

When will I notice my results?

Since it takes time for hair follicles to respond to the laser treatment, you may not notice results right away. However, patients will see their hair shed or fall off 5 – 30 days after the initial treatment.

How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?

The number of treatment sessions needed depends on your personal goals and Dr. Fontaine’s professional recommendations. Although laser hair removal can destroy certain hair follicles during the first session, the lasers may not impact all follicles. It depends on the stage of growth they’re in. Consult with Dr. Fontaine about follow-up appointments and how far apart to space your laser hair removal treatments for optimal results.

Learn more about the benefits of laser hair removal

If you reside in or near San Diego, CA, and are seeking a long-term solution to unwanted hair growth, contact us at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine and schedule an appointment today. Dr. James Fontaine will happily work with you and create a customized hair removal plan that fits your personal aesthetic goals.

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