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Hair Removal Pre and Post Treatement Care

Pre Treatment Care:

You must shave the hair of the body part to be treated.

Do NOT wax, pluck or use depilatories during your series of laser hair reduction.

Avoid sun exposure for 1 to 2 weeks prior to treatment and use SPF at least 30 to ensure coverage against UVB and UVA rays.

Do NOT use self-tanning products for 1 to 2 weeks prior to and/or post treatment.

Discontinue use of Tretinoin type products (Renova, Tretinoin, Retin A, Retin A Micro, Tri-Luma, Solage, etc.) or Hydroquinone at least 2 or 3 days prior to treatment.

Many medications that are sun sensitive will also make your more sensitive to the laser. Please disclose any medications that you may be taking.

If you have a history of cold sores, begin prophylactic treatment with Valtrex or similar no later than the day prior to your laser hair treatment.

Notify Angel Gloss Cosmetic Center if you develop a cold sore, acne, open lesions in the area being treated, or experience any type of illness prior to your treatment.

Longevity of Botox and fillers done any time within 6 months prior to face treatment may be affected. Botox done within 2 weeks prior to treatment is not recommended.

REMEMBER Laser hair reduction is never 100%. Industry standard is 75 to 90% reduction in the hairs. Not all hairs will be destroyed. Hormones can cause hair to grow back.

Post Treatment Care:

You may experience small red bumps around the hair follicle. This is normal and expected.

Do NOT pick, rub or scratch these until they have cleared. Your skin overall may be sensitive for several days following your laser hair removal treatment.

If your skin scabs or crusts, or your experience a burn, do not pick, rub or scratch these areas. Doing so can result in infection, permanent pigment changes in your skin or even scarring. Gently cleanse the area and apply hydrocortisone cream several times a day for one week. If the area is open, also apply a layer of antibiotic ointment over the hydrocortisone cream. Please contact us immediately if you experience any burns.

Do NOT sunbathe or use a tanning bed for at least 2 weeks following your treatment. If you need to be out in the sun, apply sunscreen with SPF minimum 30.

Avoid swimming, hot tubs and saunas for several days following your treatment.

It can take several weeks for the hair in the treated area to “fall out” (push up and out of the follicle). This time frame is normal.

Do NOT expect your hair to “not grow back” after a single session. Laser hair removal is a process.

Although rare, infection in the treated area is possible. Signs of infection may include redness and tenderness in the infected area and fever. Should you develop an infection, antibiotics may be necessary. Please contact us should you have any concerns.

Please call Angel Gloss Cosmetic Centre during normal business hours if you have ANY questions or concerns.

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