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The Do’s & Don’ts for Laser Treatments

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Laser treatment has become an excellent option to achieve your cosmetic goals. Your laser technicians can help guide you on your laser treatment journey, whether you’re interested in laser skin resurfacing or laser skin tightening

While laser treatments are an exciting option, it’s important to keep their do’s and don’ts in mind for your comfort and safety.

But what are the do’s and don’ts of laser treatments? Let’s explore the different laser treatments and how you can prepare for your treatment, including things to keep in mind following your procedure.

Exploring Different Laser Treatments

Targeted laser treatments can help you achieve smooth, blemish-free skin, reduce snoring and sleep apnea, and even give you healthy nails. Laser treatment technology has come a long way, and your aesthetic treatment provider can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Before diving into the do’s and don’ts of laser treatment, it’s helpful to get to know some of the different treatments and their area of focus. 

Acne/Rosacea Laser Treatment

Laser treatments for acne and rosacea focus on blemishes, acne, skin discolouration and inflammation. This treatment can help reignite your confidence by treating breakouts, reducing acne scars, and addressing rosacea patches using the Fotona laser

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes inflammation and redness. Some signs and symptoms can include: 

  • Flushing
  • Red discolouration of the skin
  • Enlarged blood vessels
  • Skin appearing rough or bumpy

The Fotona laser helps reduce the redness and inflammation of acne and rosacea. 

Laser Vein Treatment

Our veins age alongside us, resulting in venous abnormalities that can be difficult to look at or even painful. Laser vein treatments help reduce the appearance of veins, improve vein functionality and give you that boost of confidence you may need!

Laser vein treatment uses direct laser energy with a targeted wavelength that goes directly into the affected vein. This energy causes the blood to coagulate within the blood vessel, blocking blood flow to prevent further damage.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option to help you feel more youthful and refreshed. Skin resurfacing can give your skin a longer-lasting youthful appearance.

Skin resurfacing focuses on various imperfections like: 

  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage and age spots
  • Uneven skin tone

Skin resurfacing uses the Fotona laser system to target your skin’s imperfections.

Laser Hair Removal

We all live busy lives, and sometimes you simply don’t have the time to shave or wax your body hair. Laser hair removal is an efficient option to alleviate the need for shaving and waxing. 

Laser hair removal uses specialized lasers that help prevent hair growth. The laser emits light absorbed by your hair’s pigment. As it’s absorbed, the light is converted into heat, damaging the hair follicles to give you a long-term hair reduction solution.  

These are just some of the laser treatment options available to you, and your laser technicians can help you find the right treatment option for you!

Before and after of laser treatment on facial acne.

Do’s of Laser Treatments

Now that you know some of the treatments available to you, it’s important to understand some of the do’s and don’ts of laser treatments. Some of the do’s and don’ts will depend on the type of treatment you receive. 

Choosing the Right Treatment Provider

The most important factor before considering which treatment you are interested in, is that you are comfortable with and have chosen an experienced, confident treatment provider. Choosing a provider with experience will ensure you get the best results in the safest way possible.

Discuss Your Recovery Time

Depending on the type of treatment you get, discussing your recovery time following your treatment is crucial. 

For example, a skin resurfacing treatment can take around 3-10 days to heal, while a skin tightening treatment is a non-invasive treatment that will typically require no downtime.

Avoid Strenuous Activities

While some laser treatment procedures won’t have you sidelined for long, giving yourself some time to rest following treatment is important. 

Depending on your treatment, give yourself a chance to reset and get used to the change in your skin. 

Keep Your Skin Clean & Moisturized

For something like acne scar treatment, your healing period can depend on how deep your scars are. During that time, to help your skin heal, keep it clean and moisturized while avoiding makeup and sun exposure. 

It’s important to let your skin breathe and heal without makeup, which may slow the healing process.

Dont’s of Laser Treatments

Laser treatment is a complex process, so there are some things you should keep in mind to avoid making the recovery process more difficult on yourself.

Space Out Your Treatments

It’s important to stay patient with your laser treatments and space them out according to your treatment provider’s recommendations. 

It can take multiple treatments to achieve your desired results, and that’s okay!

Avoid Skin Irritants

Skin irritants like perfumes, deodorants, and body scrubs can sometimes cause skin irritation. This skin irritation can appear in the form of skin redness and discolouration. 

Following your treatment, you’ll be able to discuss your personalized recovery plan with your provider. 

Stay Out of The Sun

Laser treatment has come a long way, but aftercare is still crucial! Your skin is sensitive after your laser treatment, and avoiding direct sun exposure can help accelerate the healing process and protect your investment. 

It’s important to avoid tanning, fake tanning, & sun exposure 2 weeks before your laser hair removal treatment.

Everyone wants to get out and enjoy the sun, but keeping your health in mind is important. It is always crucial to protect your skin by applying medical grade, mineral SPF and reapplying every two hours if you are outside, near a window or in a vehicle. 

The Right Laser Treatment for You

Advancements in laser treatment technology give you more options than ever to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Whether you want smooth, blemish-free skin or wish to remove body hair, laser treatments can help. It’s essential to follow the do’s and don’ts of laser treatments to ensure your body has a chance to prepare and heal from treatment.Book an appointment with us at Zulu Medical Cosmetics to see what treatment option is right for your cosmetic needs.


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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