BBL Hair Reduction Treatment Instructions
Pre Treatment At your consultation, let some hair stubble be seen for its color, thickness, coarseness and distribution. For at least 6 weeks prior to initiating treatment please avoid depilatories, waxing or plucking for fastest response. Avoid sun/tanning 3 weeks prior to and after each treatment. During the treatment, you may feel a snap with the light, this is normal. But, if you have pain that is burning or growing in severity, you MUST tell me for me to make adjustments and lessen any problems associated with the treatment.
Post Treatment Response
Hair has three phases of growth: active growth, intermediate non-growth and a resting phase with no hair follicle present. Duration of hair growth cycles and percentages of hair in active growth at any one time vary with the location on the body. The treatment can only eliminate the hair growth that is currently in an active growth cycle so multiple treatments are necessary over a time span (4 to 7 week intervals for face, 6 to 8+ weeks for body) to reduce hair growth from most areas. Results will not be complete immediately and some maintenance will likely be needed in months-years.
Mild redness/swelling may be seen for a few hours. The treated hairs may take days/weeks to exfoliate and may appear to be “growing” during this time. Blistering is rare and should be treated with polysporin ointment on the area until healed. Some patients develop goose bumps which usually subside in a few hours and are not problematic. These treatments usually result in significantly fewer ingrown or infected hairs.
Post Treatment Care
Post treatment discomfort may be relieved by acetaminophen or similar mild analgesic. A cold pack can be used after treatment to provide comfort and is recommended for any significant discomfort, however, this is usually unnecessary. Please notify me of problems.
Avoid extensive sun exposure or tanning lights for 3weeks after treatment, and ideally for your lifetime. A broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun block with SPF of 30 or higher must be applied 15 minutes prior to casual sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming/sweating.
If needed, Aquaphor or diaper rash ointment should be applied to the area to prevent drying and crusting. If crusting develops it should be allowed to fall off naturally (no picking). An antibiotic ointment should be utilized if there is any blistering or break in the skin. Contact the office if there is concern of infection (cold sores, redness, tenderness or pus).
You may shave or trim the treated area as needed after treatment as long as the skin is not irritated. Do NOT pluck or wax or use a depilatory between treatments and avoid these methods for at least 6 weeks prior to initiating treatment for fastest results.
If the treated area is irritated, the area should NOT be rubbed or scrubbed but should be patted dry and treated with care otherwise the incidence of post treatment complications may be increased. Avoid clothes that rub the area. Makeup or hygiene products may be used once any redness or burning sensation has resolved.
If you see good results but have an additional treatment session(s) booked, please keep your next appointment or call to discuss whether treatment should be continued or if remaining sessions should be held for .maintenance as needed. Best hair clearance requires a series as explained above. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Stacey E. Whitehead at CB Skin Secrets 402-915-2756 during clinic hours or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacts made will be returned as able but if there is an emergency, call 911 or go to the ER or urgent care.