What To Expect Directly After Treatment
Each person’s skin reacts differently to Electrolysis. If you have had significant treatment in one area, the initial skin reaction to expect is slightly tender, red, and possibly a bit swollen. Applying ice will assist in cooling down the skin which helps to close pores. Ice will also reduce redness and any swelling. I am happy to supply a complimentary ice cube immediately after treatment. These symptoms usually don’t last longer than 1-2 hours.
What To (Possibly) Expect For 1-2 Days Following Treatment
During electrolysis, the hair is actually removed from the follicle, leaving the follicle exposed and susceptible to infection which, in some cases, may lead to the development of some pustules that form a day or two post-treatment. It is most important in the first 24 hours to keep the area clean.
Any manifestation on the skin after treatment will be the normal healing process. It is temporary and will disappear shortly with proper aftercare. The first 12-24 hours after is when post treatment procedures are really important.
Some Helpful Hints To Consider
- Keep your hands off, no touching! Touching the skin can transfer dirt and oil to the treated area.
- Disinfect the area often with a mild antiseptic/astringent (toner). It should be mild and non aggravating to the skin, like witch hazel. My personal favorite is a simple Epsom salt solution (1 tbsp dissolved in ½ cup warm water) applied with a clean cotton pad to the area if needed.
- Let the area breathe, this speeds up the healing process.
- Avoid make-up, sun-tanning and heavy moisturizers for 12 hours.
- Aloe Vera gel, specifically direct from the plant, cools the skin and has great healing properties.
- If scabs form, do not remove them! It is our body’s way of healing.
- If you have any concerns or are unsure about the treated area, please contact me. Your well-being is very important to me!
- Avoid waxing, threading or plucking the areas to be treated. Cutting/trimming is best, but shaving is okay as long as you let it grow out enough to be able to grab it for removal during your next treatment