Laser Hair Removal

How Laser Hair Removal Works

The Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System is the next generation of platform technology, with high peak powers, state of the art cooling, built in calibration, and the Skintel™ reader - the only FDA-cleared melanin reader. The Palomar Icon system provides fast treatments with excellent outcomes and user experience. Building on two decades of unparalleled investments in developing light-based systems for aesthetic providers, the Palomar Icon system redefines the standard of light-based cosmetic and dermatologic care by introducing several new enhancements designed to help improve clinical outcomes and treatment satisfaction.

Laser Treatment for Unwanted Hair

Laser Hair Removal Pre-Treatment Instructions:

  1. Avoid waxing, tweezing, depilatory creams, or electrolysis for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment, and at all times between treatments.
  2. Avoid the use of exfoliant creams i.e.: Retin-A, Alpha-hydroxy, glycolic acid, etc. 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  3. Full hair growth and stubble is required for the initial visit for proper assessment and documentation. After this visit you may shave between your laser treatment appointments.
  4. Avoid tanning, including self-tanning creams, for 2 weeks prior to each treatment. A sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater should be used on any area of sun exposed skin which you plan to treat.
  5. Shave the area to be treated within 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Laser Hair Removal Post-Treatment Instructions:

  1. The response, results, and healing to laser treatments vary with each individual. Varying factors include, but are not limited to, skin colour, density of hair, treatment location, and post-treatment care.
  2. Gently apply pure Aloe Vera Gel, Polysporin Antibiotic Ointment, or a product suggested by your hair removal technician to the treated area twice daily until healed. If necessary cover the area to protect against sun exposure.
  3. When showering and washing, pat dry, do not rub excessively.
  4. A cold pack may be placed over the treated area to reduce redness and swelling which can last 1-3 days. The area will usually heal within 5-7 days.
  5. Avoid using any harsh topical creams until the area is healed i.e.: exfoliants, Retin-A, Alpha-hydroxy, glycolic acid, acne creams etc.
  6. Avoid sun exposure to the treated area for 24-48 hours. After this time SPF 30 or greater is recommended on the treated area during the course of laser treatment. Avoid tanning, including self-tanning creams, for 2 weeks prior to each treatment.
  7. Blistering after treatment is rare but does occur. Crusts and scabs may develop as a result and will fall off in 2-3 weeks. Avoid rubbing, scratching or picking.

Unwanted Hair Reminders

Stubble or what appears to be re-growth may appear. This is not new hair, but is the remaining hair being expelled from the hair follicle. This hair may take 1 to 3 weeks to fall out; shaving is permitted between treatments. Your next treatment should be booked when new re-growth appears - in approximately 4-6 weeks. Consistent treatments will allow for the most effective results.